Hello all you beautiful people! Yes I am still here, and yes I finally have another French Beading Tip/Tutorial post for you fellow beaders. I didn't have time to make a video (though I do have a my Ivy pattern coming soon, just waiting to hear back from my editor/tester) mostly because my baby cried the whole month from cutting molars (4 of them) so she needed extra mommy and neither of us got any sleep. Thankfully, even though the teeth aren't all the way through, they seem to be taking a break, so I'm jumping on the opportunity to work on my computer on another blog post and tutorial. You all know I'm doing the best I can!
I made a dedicated page on my website for my new free French Beading tutorial, which covers several different ways to add extra support to larger and heavier leaves and petals. Check out the page on Unit Support Wires!
If you're following me on Instagram, you've likely seen a few pictures of my most recent flowers. I have a few projects going on... probably too many considering my massive lack of time.
I have an ongoing project to make something special for my baby girl. This one will likely take a long time to make with all the other time sensitive projects I have going on, but that's okay. I'm in no rush on this one. So far I've made some lavender anemones, some blue hydrangea... and then I made a couple samples to try and figure out what else I'm going to put in it. Sometimes I have to see it before I can decide. I have a rather large project in mind (a wall hanging either in a beaded basket or an arch), which a varied color palette that basically includes the pastel shades of almost every color. So I need more flowers, I just can't figure out what.
I still need to nail down colors. The anemone and hydrangea are set in stone. Those are not changing. But, the focus of the arrangement will be some lilies, and those will either be pink or white, or pink and white. So I don't think I want my roses to be pink too, because that's just too much pink when I have so many other colors I want to include, so they might end up peach... But if my lilies are white, then I can make my roses pink, my ranunculus yellow, and something else in peach. I just don't know yet. But that's where I'm at with this project.
My top priority project right now is a custom order. I only took a few orders this year since I knew I'd be short on time.
And here's how far I've gotten in the making stage so far.
Last, but not least, is another personal project I have in the works that will take me the rest of the year to finish. Why? Because this one is a 365 project, or a One-a-day project. Every day I make a single flower, or a single leaf branch, or a single leaf... a single anything, whatever I have time for that day, something simpler without a set pattern so I don't have to think too hard. A single flower that represents a single day of my life in 2018. Every month I have a new color to work with. So at the end of the year I will have 365 pieces that I will assemble into a wreath. Mine will look like a color wheel... hopefully.
I'm working with yellow this month and I'll share pictures of those pieces sometime in April.
One purpose of this project is to use up small amounts of beads, or shades and finishes of beads that I have had around forever that I can't find a purpose for.
Another purpose is to remind myself that every day has meaning. No matter how small, insignificant, or mundane it may feel. Even if that day is only represented by a tiny little flower, it still adds to the whole. It's still important.
Anyways, I hope you guys find the Unit Support Wires tutorial helpful. I do have a pattern coming up. It took me over a month to finish but I did complete my French Beaded Ivy pattern. Just waiting to hear back from my editor before I publish. So hopefully I'll have that available for you guys in my next blog update.
Hello everyone! I am Lauren Harpster, the designer behind Lauren's Creations. I am a 28 year old wife, and a mother to three adorable little kids. I've been making French Beaded Flowers for about six years now, and teaching French Beading through my website for about four years.
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