More French-Beaded Flowers: 38 Patterns for Making Blossoms, Leaves, Insects, and More
Crafters, artists, beaders, and jewelry makers--young and old--will discover the virtually indestructible and surprisingly realistic character of beaded flowers! Author Dalene Kelly expertly guides readers through this beautifully illustrated guide to the timeless art of French-beading, a craft that dates its origins back to the 16th century. Making a huge resurgence, the method involves stringing wires through seed beads and twisting them into elegant three-dimensional shapes. French Beaded Flowers introduces innovative ideas and techniques for 37 inspiring new flower patterns. Species of flowers range from exotic orchids to native favorites--snapdragons, coral beans, pansies, irises, tiger lilies, gardenias and more. General recommendations for color selection--choose yellow and red, or green and blue, for the Lollipop Plant--are included, but this guide allows the reader to trust their own creative instincts.
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1•Leave 1•Reduce 11 rows 11/0 seed beads 16-gauge stem wire 2•After 2•Using 26-gauge green beading 30-gauge wire Add two green antennae bare wire basic loop basic row beading or paddle beading wire 30-gauge beads per loop bend bottom wires bracts Bromeliad buds completing row continuous loops cut from spool entire stem five rows fold follows glue green 11/0 seed green floral tape hank green hummingbird lacing wire leaf group Leave three wires Leaves pointed top legs light green Lightly tape medium green nine rows one-bead basic orchid paddle wire 30-gauge pattern petal color pink pistil plumeria pointed bottom Position pull round bottom round top sepals seven rows shown Figure side stamen strands tape the stem tape to cover three-bead basic top basic wire Trim Tulip Poplar twist ends twist the wires twisted wires white 11/0 seed wings wire and cut wire and twist wire to attach yellow beads