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.

Free Version:

  • 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

French Beading Technique tutorial

Video 3 - Lesson 1 Part 2: Spacer Beads

French beading technique tutorial

Video 4 - Lesson 1 Part 3: Reinforcing & Combining Continuous Units

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Video 5 - Lesson 2: Continuous Crossover Loop Technique Guide

French beading technique tutorial by Lauren Harpster

Video 6 - Lesson 3: Continuous Wraparound Loops Technique Guide

French beading technique tutorial by Lauren Harpster - Continuous Wraparound Loops

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. 

1. Beehive Basic Frame

2. Continuous Basic Frame

    • Continuous Basic Frame Technique
    • Combining multiple continuous units

3. Extensions

    • Top Wire Extensions
    • Bottom Wire Extensions
    • Extensions with Continuous techniques

4. Loop-Back

    • Loop-Back Technique
    • Loop-Back with continuous techniques

5. Scallops

    • Scallop Technique
    • Scallops with continuous techniques

6. Ruffles

    • Traditional Ruffles
    • Ruffle-as-you-go

- 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. 

- Flower Patterns -

Once you are comfortable with the techniques, try some of my French Beaded Flower patterns! Some of the patterns are free and others are paid. The free flower patterns are generally designed with beginners in mind, while the paid patterns have a range of difficulty from beginner to advanced. 

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