I originally made French beaded Crocus flowers back in 2003. But I never wrote up the pattern. So, now I have revisited my original design and created a brand new pattern for you.
You will need:
- Size 11 seed beads in orange, green, white and your chosen flower colour
- 24ga (0.5mm) wire on reels in green and a colour to match your flower
- 28ga (0.315mm) wire in orange or gold
- Floral stem tape
- Embroidery silk
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If you are new to French beading, then it may surprise you to know that it doesn’t need too many tools. So, every project requires wire cutters. I strongly recommend you use a bead spinner. But you don’t have to – if you prefer, you can thread your beads onto the wire by hand. The French beaded crocus isn’t too bad for hand-stringing as none of its components require a huge number of beads.
Experience and Techniques
The French beaded Crocus is a fairly simple flower. So, you can try this pattern at any level.
In the instructions, I have assumed you already know how to do the basic techniques. But I have also included links to free tutorials you can download if you need to learn, or get a quick reminder.
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About the French Beaded Crocus
As I said to begin with, I first made French beaded Crocus back in 2003 when I was just learning French beading. I made a lot of different flowers then. But I never dreamed I would end up selling patterns. So, I did scribble notes to remind myself what I had done (thank goodness!).
Now, I am going back through that notebook and trying to work out which patterns are worth publishing. Of course, twelve years on, I’ve learned a lot. So, I’ve also been modifying my original designs where necessary to improve them.
Since the Crocus in my garden have been bravely battling through snow and freezing temperatures recently, I thought I would immortalise them in beads… Well, try, at least! I’m not sure my beaded version are quite as good as the real thing, but they are certainly a little pot of sunshine to admire each day.