• French Beading Abbreviations

    BF, CL, CCL, BR…. While working with French Beading patterns, you will often come across techniques, shapes, and other parts of a pattern that have been abbreviated. I talked a little bit about these in my Learn French Beading: Beginner Course, but since some questions have come up in the Facebook group, I figured I’d do a quick blog post about them.  Some technique names are just really long, and it gets tiring to type, write, or even say them out loud over and over again. It takes up more visual space to write them out too. So, to condense patterns many designers will abbreviate the technique names, or parts of the techniques and shapes. These abbreviations are actually acronyms. So Continuous Wraparound Loops becomes CWL, and Basic Frame becomes BF.  When you’re first starting out with learning the art, the technique names and abbreviations feel like a different language.…

  • French Beaded African Violets

    French Beaded African Violets by Lauren Harpster

    This past week I realized that it was teacher appreciation week. I few years ago I decided to start a personal tradition of making gifts for my kids’ teachers to show my appreciation. Last year I made Mini Orchids, the…

  • Black Friday & Cyber Monday sale!

    Hello wonderful beady friends! Just dropping by to announce my Black Friday and Cyber Monday sale for this year. You can get 30% off any order by entering the coupon code “cybersale” at checkout. The sale will go through Monday,…

  • A Big Honkin Update!

    French Beaded Christmas Wreath progress picture - Lauren Harpster

    Hello dear blog readers! This is a really big blog post, and I do apologize for dumping so much at all once. It’s been a wild few months and I’m finally getting a few minutes to update my blog with…