My French beaded strawberry uses a few different techniques. I started out making a strawberry and somehow ended up with a complete pot plant!
This project is a lot of fun to make and it is accessible to everyone. Although I will talk more about materials and experience level below. If you have just stumbled upon this and never tried French beading before, don’t worry. I have lots of supporting material to help you get started. In fact, my own beading journey began with French beading. I think it is a really easy route into beading. So, if you are looking at this and loving it, go ahead, jump in and give it a try!
Materials for the French Beaded Strawberry Plant
The French beaded strawberry plant requires size 11 seed beads in white, green, red and yellow. I suggest you use a bead spinner to thread your beads for this project. So, that means it is a good idea to buy bigger packs of beads since they work better in the spinner.
You will also need some 6mm round beads. I made my French beaded strawberry using wire in two different gauges (widths). Lastly, you will need some stem wrapping tape and I like to bind my stems with embroidery floss. You can check my beading supplies for all the materials.
Alternatively, if you are having trouble sourcing anything, just contact me and I’ll help out with some recommendations.
You just need basic tools for this: a bead spinner, wire cutters and flat nose pliers.
What experience do I need?
That’s a tricky question! I have written comprehensive instructions for this, although I have assumed that you know some of the key techniques. However, I have free tutorials that will teach you these basics. So, if you are new to French beading, or if you would like a technique reminder, please also download the free tutorials.
In addition to that, I have published two ebooks with video demonstrations. The French beaded strawberry uses a range of techniques. So, you will need both ebooks to cover everything. But, the good news is, you can get a special bargain price if you buy them together. Find that bargain by following this link!
So, back to the original question. I have marked this as an intermediate to advanced project because some of the techniques are fiddly. However, my instructions take you through things one step at a time, starting with the easiest stuff and moving on. So, if you follow carefully, I would say anyone can happily give this a try.
I am also more than happy to answer questions and offer tips and advice. Just contact me if you need any help!