This book is designed to follow along with my Learn French Beading: Beginner Course video series that will be published on my YouTube channel at the end of February. Because I want more people to try French Beading, the videos will all be free. There will be videos for each technique as well as each flower. I wasn’t originally planning on making a print book for the course, since there are only four flowers. However, many people have asked me to make a hard copy of the book available.
I do recommend working through the course with both the book and videos. The book is a very helpful reference guide, and is great for learning how to read patterns. Owning a copy of either the print or PDF versions of the course book will allow you to watch all of the videos in any order as soon as you receive your copy of the book. Without the book or PDF version, you will have to wait until the videos are published publicly – one at a time over the course of a couple months. Plus, Part 4 is included only in the book!
The book is 90 pages long and contains over 270 high quality images. It is broken into 4 parts.
1 – Getting Started – This part goes into detail on the tools and materials used to make flowers, and how to string beads onto the wires both directly from a hank and using a bead spinner.
2 – Technique Lessons – I find it very important to teach techniques separately, as there’s more that I can teach you about one technique than I can cover in one flower pattern. I want you to have an easy one-stop reference that you can look back on when working with other patterns. This section is also important for learning French Beading terms and abbreviations, as well as how to read a pattern. There are some technique variations in these lessons that are not used in the practice patterns. These lessons are updated versions of the Beginner Course technique lessons on my website.
3 – Practice Patterns – I’ve developed four wildflower patterns to help you practice the techniques and learn a variety of methods to assemble and shape flowers, while also reinforcing your ability to read patterns. The patterns in this section are written in great detail, with lots of clear, high-quality images.
4 – Arranging Beaded Flowers – this part is only included in the book and PDF versions of the course. It will walk you through how I selected my flowers, the beads, my vase, as well as two ways to make an arrangement or bouquet (the same method I use to assemble wedding bouquets!), as well as some alternate arrangement ideas.