Beautiful Beaded Blooms

French wire beaded flowersFrench beaded flowers found their beginnings from European peasant folk art. Beaded flowers were also popular in Italy, where many of the beads were made. Eventually beaded flowers found their way to England, and were very popular in the Victorian era. Throughout history this technique has been popular for wreaths, garlands or used in vases to adorn the home.

This is a class that I just finished teaching for Joggles.com. Here are some of the samples that the students learned to make.

French wire beaded flowersShown here is the nasturtium (orange), jasmine (yellow), geranium (pink), Indian paint brush (red), various leaves and plumage.

French wire beaded flowersThis small wreath is made with the violet (purple), lupine (periwinkle) and a small beaded flower (light blue), with pressed glass leaves.

French wire beaded flowers

This is an antique porcelain vase that belonged to my husbands grandmother. I filled it with geraniums (pink), tulips (peach), lilies (lavender), bluebells (light blue), fern, various leaves and pressed glass leaves.

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