- Arts and Design
French Beaded Flowers
The art of beading flowers using wire and delicate beads is one which is thought to date back as far as the 15th century, specifically to Venice where skilled craftsmen produced glass beads in quantity. It is thought Venetian women of more limited means would craft these beads into wire and bead flower sculptures, bouquets, wreaths, table arrangements and other floral works of art to make their living.
Later in the 1800's this craft became highly popular in France where these beaded flower arrangements were said to be used to decorate tombstones and gravesites before the Victorian era brought ladies of leisure across Europe to the craft of beading wire flowers where they were used for everything from personal adornment in the form of brooches, hat-pins etc. to home decoration. Recent years have seen a resurgence in the popularity of this simple yet elegant craft with many books and how-to manuals being written on the subject and advice and information sites appearing across the internet. Hopefully, some of the resources listed here can help you get started with flower beading with wire and you will soon take up this artful hobby.
In case you were wondering just what kind of stunning designs are possible to create using this wonderful craft then be sure to wander on over to Boa's Botanicals for a beautiful gallery of French beaded flower bouquets and arrangements.
French Beaded Flower Books On Amazon - Beaded flower instructions, patterns and general information on how to make bead flowers.
Make Beaded Flowers - Free Tutorials and Patterns
- How To Make A Beautiful Beaded Rose from Rings & Things
An exquisite closed rose bead pattern from Rings & Things.
- Beaded Roses and Baby's Breath Pattern and Tutorial
This handy website gives you some free step by step instructions on how to make beaded roses and baby's breath from which you can make a beautiful beaded rose bouquet. Uses the Victorian Technique for beading flowers.
- Beaded Fuscia Pattern by Karole Conaway
Free pattern and instructions for making a beaded fuscia flower using seed beeds.
- Beaded Orchid Pattern by Karole Conaway
Instructions to make a french beaded orchid.
- Basic Beaded Carnation Guidelines
Image instructions for making a beaded carnation.
- Beaded Lavender Pattern
Guide to creating a french beaded lavender flower.
- Bead and Wire Hyacinth Flower Pattern
Detailed method of how to create a wire and bead hyacinth using the Victorian beaded flower technique.
- Free Beaded Daffodil Pattern
How to create beaded daffodil.
- Beaded Lilac Tree Pattern
Pattern for making a beaded lilac tree.
- Beaded Passion Flower
Step by step instructions on how to make a beaded passion flower.
- Beaded Berries
General instructions, hints and tips on how to make beaded berries including such shapes as conical berries like beaded strawberries or round shapes like beaded blueberries etc.
- Free Beaded Flower Project
Miscellaneous type of wire and bead flower project to try free.
- Spring Fling Flower
Another free flower pattern to try making.
- Bead Flower Tutorial from HGTV
Home and Garden TV (HGTV) offers an article by guest bead expert Suzanne McNeill who shows you the steps to make beaded flower elements including instructions for making a beaded daffodil.
- Vintage Beaded Flower Pattern
Create a vintage beaded flower using this free design online.
- Easy Bead Rose Pattern Tutorial
How to make a beaded rose with wire and beads, an easy tutorial.
- Crystal Beaded Wedding Bouquet
An interesting tutorial for making a pretty bridal bouquet from crystal beads. A great wedding bouquet of flowers from Crystal beads.
Where To Buy Beadwork Supplies and Equipment For Making Beaded Flowers - Jewellery Making Supplies and Bead Stores
If you are interested in making beaded flowers or any other kind of beadwork project then you'll need to find a good supplier of the materials you will need. The following selection of online stores sell beading and jewellery making tools and supplies ideal for all your beaded flower projects.
- Beaded Garden
One stop shopping for beaded flower supplies online.
- Fire Mountain Gems
Wholesale beads and jewellery making supplies featuring masses of products ideal for your beadwork and jewellery crafts projects and at low prices when you buy in quantity.
- Shipwreck Beads
The world's largest selection of beads.
Find A French Beaded Flower Pattern
Sometimes you just want to find a pattern for a specific type of flower and that is not as easy as it sounds. There are a large number of websites which talk about French beaded flowers and plenty of beading books out there which feature nothing but bead and wire flower patterns but finding the one book or website with a pattern for let's say, a striped tiger lily or a Gladiola, or a cyclamen etc. isn't that easy...or is it? The following websites can help you find a pattern by book or by location at the click of your mouse. Hurrah!
- Beaded Flowers Database
Search for beaded flower patterns by type of flower, by book (see what's inside each book) or by designer. This could save your hours of trawling around the internet looking for patterns.
See some video lessons in making french beaded flower petals and leaves.