French Beading Technique Tutorials

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 difficulty levels (Beginner, Intermediate, & Advanced) based on the skill level and knowledge required to use them. 

>> Download a PDF Glossary of French Beading Terms here. <<

>> Download a PDF for the abbreviations I use in my patterns here. <<

Note: I’ve dedicated this page to technique tutorials only to make them easier to find for reference. If you would like to work through my entire Beginner Course with practice flower patterns, go to my “Video Classes” page. 

Before you start learning techniques, it’s important to get a good idea of what tools and materials you will be working with. Click on the title above to view info on: 

  • Beads
  • Wire
  • Tools & Other Supplies
  • How to String Beads

- Beginner Techniques -

  • Continuous Loops
  • Spacer Beads
  • Combining & Reinforcing
  • Twisted Fringe
  • Wire-Back Fringe
  • Loop Fringe / Fringe Loop
  • Branching Fringe
  • Basic Frame
  • Reverse Wrap
  • Lacing
  • Lace-as-you-go

- Intermediate Techniques -

- Advanced Techniques -

- Extra Techniques and Skills -

- Helpful Blog Posts -

An ever-expanding collection of blog posts with tips, helps, tutorials, and fun experiments. 

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