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French Beaded Flowers

Updated on May 30, 2014

Beaded Flowers

The art of beading flowers using wire andĀ delicate beadsĀ 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.

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.

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!

Video Tutorials

See some video lessons in making french beaded flower petals and leaves.

Comments, Resource and Tutorial Suggestions Welcome! - Have Your Say Below......

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    Mark Falco 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada

    @anonymous: I'm not sure about Bangalore but I know Fire Mountain Gems ships internationally and they have a huge selection of beads and bead crafting materials.

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    anonymous 5 years ago

    i really like beaded flowers. i am eager to make my own beaded flowers. i stay in bangalore and i am not getting the required materials. can u plz help by telling me where can i find the materials.

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    norcalkitten78 lm 5 years ago

    Very cool!!! I love these kinds of crafts!

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    Rosanna Grace 5 years ago

    Wonderful craft idea! Thank you :)

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    Jo-Jackson 5 years ago

    These are lovely. Perhaps I should try this craft next.

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    Grandma-Marilyn 5 years ago

    These flowers are so pretty but look really complicated. I know they probably aren't but I'm a scaredy cat. You've been hit by Cupid!

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    hungry-deer 5 years ago

    Nice ideas, i would definitely try to make some. Love dried flowers but these look wonderful too!

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    getmoreinfo 5 years ago

    I love these French Beaded Flowers thanks for the resources.

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    ChristmasIdeaShop 5 years ago

    Beautiful. What a lens to be the first one I read today. These are SOOOO pretty. Thanks for all of the sources, in case I want to try it.

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    halloweenprops 5 years ago

    This is a nice idea.

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    olmpal 5 years ago

    Very interesting lens! I didn't that such Beaded Flowers exist!

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    Phoenix2361 5 years ago

    Nice lens. These beaded flowers are very pretty indeed.

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    CoolFool83 5 years ago

    I just learned how to do something new. Very nice lense.

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    ismeedee 5 years ago

    Very pretty... and quite a skill to make them!

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    remicallens 5 years ago

    nice flowers

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    SimSpeaks 5 years ago

    Gorgeous designs! Can't believe they have been made by hand.

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    Bellezza-Decor 5 years ago from Canada

    These are so intricate and beautiful.

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    Melissa Miotke 5 years ago from Arizona

    Very cool

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    Spiderlily321 5 years ago

    Beautiful. Thanks for sharing

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    jolou 5 years ago

    These sure are nice, I like anything to do with flowers.

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    Ellen Gregory 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

    Interesting, my Mom make a bouquet of beaded flowers.

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    ofwdin lm 5 years ago

    I want to make some!... and leave some for my Dad's tomb too (no wilting, always beautiful, not plastic). Many thanks for this lens, it's my first time to learn about this. :)

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    Lenskeeper 5 years ago

    Pretty! Lens blessed by this Squid Angel :)

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    aliciamaggie54 5 years ago

    Just beautiful:)

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    rubyandmahoney 5 years ago

    I love these beaded flowers...they are so pretty. And, don't give me the sniffles!

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    Alethia LM 5 years ago

    These are really beautiful. I visited Venice once and I will never forget all the beautiful glass making on Murano. It was great fun to watch! Thanks for the awesome lens!

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    chas65 5 years ago

    We have had beautiful antique ones that were actually used in place of flowers for funerals. They are much more beautiful than it sounds.

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    Camden1 5 years ago

    I've never seen these - how beautiful!

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    BestRatedStuff 5 years ago

    I have always loved bead-work, these flowers are so beautiful.

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    Gloria Freeman 5 years ago from Alabama USA

    This is a very beautiful craft, thanks for sharing.

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    ForestBear LM 5 years ago

    Great resource, thank you for sharing

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    Lori Green 5 years ago from Las Vegas

    My beading club just did a display of these for a memorial. We all pitched in and did it together. It came out beautiful. I just printed this to bring in for the next time. Great lens.

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    anonymous 5 years ago

    Squidliked and pinned, great lens, thank you.

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    wrapitup4me 5 years ago

    Thanks for this resource.

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    bechand 5 years ago

    quite an art!

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    Millionairemomma 5 years ago

    This lens was so beautiful! I bookmarked and pinterested it because I like it so much.

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    LynetteBell 5 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

    pretty ideas!

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    Beverly Rodriguez 5 years ago from Albany New York

    I used to make these flowers many years ago. They are really lovely.

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    KittySmith 5 years ago

    Nice lens, I have always been fascinated with beaded flowers.

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    poissonenciel 6 years ago

    Once visited a specialized shop. You cannot imagine - i spent more than one hour there. Hope to find some time, my head is full of ideas. Thank you for the lens

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    Jeff Johnston 6 years ago from Alberta Canada

    recently learned the art of making glass beads.... may have to learn how to do this with the beads I plan on making :D

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    Karen 6 years ago from U.S.

    I love the idea of making my own beaded flowers. I used to make simple beaded flower bracelets, but these look more complex.

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    mistyblue75605 lm 6 years ago

    Awesome flowers!neat idea I have never seen them before:)P

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    sousababy 6 years ago

    Wow, these are really beautiful and they last forever.

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    Khalid-Osman 6 years ago

    Thanks for sharing this nice lens. I love flowers.

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    Mary Norton 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    I saw some beautiful beaded flowers in a Cape Town hotel we stayed in. It was done by women from disadvantaged communities.

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    PennyHowe 6 years ago

    Would have loved to see some photos of what they looked like without clicking on another link. Thanks for the interesting topic. They say you should learn something new everyday.

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    ververicka 6 years ago

    I love flowers and I enjoyed reading this lens, well done!

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    Gayle Dowell 6 years ago from Kansas

    I love flowers and I love beads. Putting them together like this is a great idea. I need to try this.

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    lunagaze 6 years ago

    this is a neat lens i have got to try this

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    readabooki 6 years ago

    Wow, I love flowers and beads. I didn't know anything about these before seeing this lens.Great resources listed too.

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    JEMArtistry 6 years ago

    They are beautiful! I may have to try this. Thank you for sharing this. :)

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    anonymous 6 years ago

    Love, love, love French Beaded Flowers. Thanks for all the resources.

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    Beverly Lemley 6 years ago from Raleigh, NC

    Wonderful idea! Great lense ~ love that opening picture, would love to have a lot of these in my home, since my hubby is allergic to the real thing! B : )

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    jstarley 6 years ago

    How fun to see! Thanks for sharing.

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    anonymous 6 years ago

    This was a great resource for people that love beaded Flowers, I hope you don't mind but I pinned it to Pinterest

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    AJ 6 years ago from Australia

    These are lovely - thank you.

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    MelonyVaughan 6 years ago

    Stunning lens! Thanks for sharing!

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    ninakreativa 6 years ago

    Great lens for all artistic and other souls :) I'm amazed at how beautiful some of these beaded flowers look.

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    WriterJanis2 6 years ago

    Very, very lovely.

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    TopCoffeeLover 6 years ago

    These are really nice. I wasn't familiar with this. Thanks for sharing!

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    Laraine Sims 6 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

    Love this bead work! I've never done anything as intricate but I have worked with beads.

    These are lovely!

    Angel blessed.

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    Petalpushersdesigns 6 years ago

    Great Lens!! Thanks for sharing!! :)

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    CruiseReady 6 years ago from East Central Florida

    Ah- these beaded flowers are really pretty! Where have they been all my life?

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    Pam Irie 6 years ago from Land of Aloha

    These french beaded flowers are so beautiful. This is an art I'd like to take up someday. Thanks for all the links to the tutorials.

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    KimGiancaterino 6 years ago

    I've always liked anything beaded, but flowers are especially beautiful.

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    anonymous 6 years ago

    They are beautiful, looks like a lot of work, but if you truly enjoying something it's always worth it :)

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    Rose Jones 6 years ago

    This is news to me, appreciated this!

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    Laraine Sims 6 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

    I used to do this but haven't for a while. They are very pretty!

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    Angela F 6 years ago from Seattle, WA

    I've seen these before but never knew that at one point they were used to decorate graves. Nice lens

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    TLRaghavan 6 years ago

    Excellent work. Nicely presented.

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    stefanruse 6 years ago

    Great lens about the art of beading flowers. The Beaded Flowers - Free Tutorials are also astonishing. Thank you.

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    Fiona 6 years ago from South Africa

    Great lens - I'll be working my way through these lense. Blessed

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    bames24 lm 6 years ago

    would love to give beaded flowers a try... :)

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    Stacy Birch 6 years ago

    Nice lens.

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    Expertmom 6 years ago

    I never saw beaded flowers before, how interesting, thanks for the post!

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    Ben Reed 6 years ago from Redcar

    A good read and lots of interesting information.

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    goo2eyes lm 6 years ago

    venetians are famous for their craftmanship like all other europeans. nice can put the intro photo in big picture module to enhance its beauty.

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    anonymous 6 years ago

    easy reading indeed, here's a 'thumbs up'.

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    SaintFrantic 6 years ago

    Great Lens.Interesting information on the beading flowers.thanks

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    Close2Art LM 6 years ago

    very cool flowers, this would be right up my friends alley, she makes jewelry with beads and this is something cool and new, blessed...:)rwjr

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    anilsaini 6 years ago

    nice lens on flower

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    Peggy Hazelwood 6 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

    Very pretty. I've made some beaded flowers. Great resources here.

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    anonymous 6 years ago

    Its so nice to visit your French Beaded Flowers and see it doing so well. You have added a lot since I stopped by, this is truly a great resource. Well done!

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    Ann 6 years ago from Yorkshire, England

    lovely - angel blessed and it will feature on my road trip lens that I am making now

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    Linda Pogue 6 years ago from Missouri

    Interesting lens. I will have to try this. Thanks!

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    rubyandmahoney 6 years ago

    Great lens! Blessed. :-)

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    mumsgather 6 years ago

    These are beautiful. Haven't heard of this craft before this. Thanks for sharing.

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    whoisbid lm 6 years ago

    Something nice to do for some of us1

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    Virginia Allain 6 years ago from Central Florida

    Wow, delightful craftwork, but far too delicate I think for my clumsy fingers. Lots of good links here.

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    norma-holt 6 years ago

    A lovely unique topic and beautiful craft work. It's amazing what the human mind can come up with while imitating nature which we are flat out destroying.

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    pheonix76 6 years ago from WNY

    Amazing! These are beautiful little works of art. My sister is an artist and jewelry maker, I will be sharing this page with her. :)

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    sheriangell 6 years ago

    I've never seen these before, how pretty they are!

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    KANEsUgAr 6 years ago

    These are so beautiful. I love beaded flowers, harder than it looks though. A video instruction would have probably helped me more than the book i used.

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    anonymous 6 years ago

    I made a necklace once with spiral stitching, very time consuming, but worth it in the end. I sold it for 3 times what I paid for the beads. My next project will be a flower slider for a necklace. Thanks for the great lense !!!

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    NYThroughTheLens 6 years ago

    Incredible. I have never seen this before. Nice lens.

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    Muzzie4848 7 years ago

    I love your lens. I have added your lens to my 4th wedding anniversary gifts lens. As the traditional 4th anniversary gift is flowers, your lens will make a great addition. What a great idea thank you.

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    anonymous 7 years ago

    This is a great site. What a variety of options from books to free sites and suppliers. Everything I was looking for.

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    carredsal 7 years ago

    I've never heard of beaded flowers but they sound just lovely...:)