• May French Beading Bead-along

    I will be teaching a little class in the “Learn how to make French Beaded Flowers” Facebook group in May. This is a group that Fen Li and I run to help others learn the art of French Beaded Flowers, and so others who enjoy the art can come together to share their work, ask questions, and chat. I’m in charge of the May class, and I’ve chosen a project that’s a little different, and I’m way excited!   In the last few months I’ve gotten lots of emails and messages asking me for and about succulent patterns. Succulents were further down on my list of things to make. But… as I was trying to figure out what to present as a project for my month, our local nursery posted on Facebook that they had succulents for sale. So, we put on our masks and dragged our kids to the nursery…

  • 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…

  • 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…