Learn French Beading
Free French Beading Tutorials! Learn the art with designer Lauren Harpster.
Through my years of trying to help others learn how to make French Beaded Flowers, I’ve developed a way of looking at techniques that’s a little bit different than other designers and teachers. I’ve divided techniques into two basic categories: Base and Add-on techniques. Base techniques can be used by themselves, or you can use add-on techniques to build on top of the bases to make new shapes. In contrast, add-on techniques cannot be used alone, but must be used in conjunction with a base – any base! It is my hope that this approach will allow for a greater understanding of French Beading methods, and how you can mix and match different techniques to make a variety of shape combinations. I’ve divided the techniques into three Courses (Beginner, Intermediate, & Advanced) based on the skill level and knowledge required to use them.
I also have a Glossary of the terms used in French Beading for easy reference.
- Beginner Course -
My Learn French Beading: Beginner Course is all about building foundations in the art.
- PDF Beginner Course Technique Packet (download free in shop) – The freebie version teaches about wire, beads, tools, materials, and the beginner techniques.
- Technique Videos – published one at a time over the course of a few months.
- Videos for 4 practice flower patterns – published one at a time over the course of a few months.
If you purchase the Book or Full Course PDF:
- Early access to all technique and flower videos!
- The Getting Started Guide and Technique Guide
- Written and picture instructions for the Practice Flower Patterns
- Teaches how to read patterns
- Teaches how to arrange and assemble a bouquet
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Getting Started & Technique Videos
Video 1 - Getting Started: Stringing beads onto wire
Video 2 - Lesson 1 Part 1: Continuous Loops Technique Guide
Video 3 - Lesson 1 Part 2: Spacer Beads
Video 4 - Lesson 1 Part 3: Reinforcing & Combining Continuous Units
Video 5 - Lesson 2: Continuous Crossover Loop Technique Guide
Video 6 - Lesson 3: Continuous Wraparound Loops Technique Guide
Video 7 - Lesson 4 Part 1: Twisted Fringe
Video 8 - Lesson 4 Part 2: Wire-Back Fringe
Video 9 - Lesson 5 Part 1: Basic Frame Technique Guide
Video 10 - Lesson 5 Part 2: Reverse Wrap
Video coming Friday, March 27th.
Video 11 - Lesson 6: Lacing & Lace-as-you-go
Video coming Monday, March 30th.
Practice Flower Videos
Lavender Part 1: Flower Parts & Leaves
Video coming Friday, April 3rd
Lavender Part 2: Assembly
Video coming Friday, April 10th
Dame's Rocket Part 1: Stamen & Flowers
Video coming Friday, April 17th
Dame's Rocket Part 2: Leaves
Video coming Friday, April 24th
Dame's Rocket Part 3: Assembly
Video coming Friday, May 1st.
Wild Clematis Part 1: Stamen & Petals
Video coming Friday, May 8th
Wild Clematis Part 2: Leaves
Video coming Friday, May 15th
Wild Clematis Part 3: Assembly
Video coming Friday, May 22nd
Black-Eyed Susan Part 1: Stamen
Video coming Friday, May 29th
Black-Eyed Susan Part 2: Bud & Flower Petals
Video coming Friday, June 5th
Black-Eyed Susan Part 3: Sepals & Leaves
Video coming Friday, June 12th
Black-Eyed Susan Part 4: Assembly
Video coming Friday, June 19th
- Intermediate Course -
My Learn French Beading: Intermediate Course introduces a couple of modified Base Techniques, along with some Add-on techniques that are built on top of Base Techniques. You will need to complete the Beginner Course before moving on to the Intermediate Course as it builds on previous knowledge.
These lessons are all available as free PDFs in my shop. I do not yet have videos for all of these techniques.
- Continuous Basic Frame Technique
- Combining multiple continuous units
- Top Wire Extensions
- Bottom Wire Extensions
- Extensions with Continuous techniques
- Loop-Back Technique
- Loop-Back with continuous techniques
- Scallop Technique
- Scallops with continuous techniques
- Traditional Ruffles
- Advanced Course -
My Advanced Course will teach some Base and Add-on techniques that I consider to be a little trickier to master, along with some advanced variations of techniques from the Beginner and Intermediate Courses. This one is still under construction. Be sure to check back for new technique tutorials, or sign up for my Newsletter to get an email notification when new tutorials are available.
These lessons are available as free PDFs in my shop.
- Extra Techniques and Skills -
- Helpful Blog Posts -
A ever-expanding collection of blog posts with tips, helps, tutorials, and fun experiments.