French Beaded Dahlia arrangement by Lauren Harpster

Dahlia Harvest

French Beaded Dahlia arrangement by Lauren Harpster

This piece, which I call “Dahlia Harvest” was made as a custom order for a gentleman who wanted a special and meaningful gift for his wife. She has a garden full of all sorts of dahlias that she harvests in a big bucket. He sent me an image of one of her harvests in her bucket and asked me to recreate it as a wall hanging. This was a difficult piece, for sure, but also one of my favorites. It gave me the opportunity to study several different types of Dahlias, which was a real treat. 

The beaded bucket had to be made with a flat back, which was a challenge, but it turned out so well! I even imitated the white rope handle by wrapping twisted strands of beads around a very thick wire. The finished piece is 16 inches wide and 14 inches tall (40 x 35 cm) and weighed around 6 lbs (almost 3 kg). The full piece took approximately 2 months to complete. 

The Individual Flowers

Cactus Dahlia
Burgundy Ball Dahlia
French Beaded Dahlia by Lauren Harpster
Sonic Bloom
French Beaded Cactus Dahlia by Lauren Harpster
French Beaded Dahlias by Lauren Harpster
White Ball Dahlia
French Beaded Dahlia by Lauren Harpster
Pink Dahlia
French Beaded Ball Dahlia by Lauren Harpster
White Ball Dahlia
French Beaded Dahlia by Lauren Harpster
Large Yellow Dahlia
French Beaded Dahlia by Lauren Harpster
French Beaded Dahlia by Lauren Harpster

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