French beading videos: essential viewing
If you’ve been following my French beading blog series, you’ll know we’re now on to making flowers. So, today, I want to share some French beading videos that I made. These are all from my two ebooks. So, you’re just going to get a little taste here, but these videos are free to watch.
They all come from my two French beading e-books, which you can find here.
Single Loops Technique
The first of my French beading videos covers the Single Loop.
This is the perfect starting point for an absolute beginner. You can make a beautiful flower or plant just using this technique. So, that’s great news if you are a beginner!
Both the Bonsai tree and the Carnation are good options to start with.
Four Row Crossover Technique
The second of the French beading videos that I want to share with you, develops the single loop.
So, you will learn how to make a slightly fatter petal, but still using a simple technique. This opens up a whole new world of possibilities for flowers and leaves!
So, without having to learn a lot more, you are suddenly able to make a Star Flower, Stephanotis, Daisies and so much more!
French beading videos for the Basic Technique
The third of my French beading videos introduces you to the other main technique style. The Basic technique allows you to make single petals and leaves. It is a completely different style to the loop techniques. But, as the name suggests, it is still perfect to learn when you first start. As you will see, this technique is the building block for a whole lot of other techniques.
So, with the Basic technique, you can now make flowers like the rose, Calla lily and whole plants like the Pansy or African violet.
Conical Structure or Beehive Basic
As you do more French beading, you will come to realise that there can be more than one name for a particular technique. So, the fourth of my French beading videos is an illustration of that.
The Conical structure or Beehive basic is one of the developments of the basic technique. This allows you to create a three-dimensional structure that looks like a cone or beehive. So, as with many techniques, it does exactly what you would expect.
Now, with this new tool in your French beading repertoire, you have even more options. You don’t even have to stick with making flowers now. How about an apple or pear? The cactus is a great project for something different. Or what about a strawberry plant?
I’ve been getting more and more advanced as I introduce these French beading videos. So, the lacing technique sort of counts as advanced. But it is also a technique that is handy to know at any level.
Again, it is related to the Basic technique. But only vaguely. You see, if you make a very large petal or leaf using the basic technique, you may find it is a bit floppy. Your rows of beads might start to separate out. So, in this case, Lacing is the solution.
You can also Lace together single loops, to create something like the trumpet of a daffodil. That flexibility makes this technique something worth mastering at any level.
More French Beading Videos
As I said at the beginning, all these French beading videos are taken from my two ebooks. So, if you have found these useful, just imagine what you could do with the complete set! Between them, the videos in the two ebooks cover all the major French beading techniques, from beginner to advanced.
The ebooks also include wonderful flower tutorials that aren’t available anywhere else. Plus, if you wish, you can learn how to create bouquets and corsages with your French beaded flowers.