About the beaded Poppy brooch Kit
In this project you will be using two different French beading techniques: the horizontal basic and the single strands technique. The Beaded Poppy Brooch kit instructions offers you a guide to the techniques and then the detailed instructions for creating a poppy.
The kit contains size 11 seed beads in red and black. Plus 0.5mm (24 gauge) wire in red and 0.315mm (28 gauge) wire in black. Lastly, floral stem tape, embroidery silk and brooch backs.
Tools You Will Need
You may find it helpful if you are able to use a bead spinner for threading the beads onto the wire, but this is not essential. You will need some wire cutters and clear glue – these tools are not included in the kit.
The kit will make two Beaded Poppy Brooches.
About French Beading
French Beading is a traditional craft that is thought to date back to Medieval Venice. There are several different techniques for creating individual petals and leaves or whole flowers.
I started my beading career by teaching myself French beading, so this is a very accessible route into beading, or a great avenue to try if you are looking for something different.
Although this technically classifies as wirework, the techniques you are using will be quite distinct. You will not require a lot of tools – just a pair of pliers really… Although the bead spinner comes in very handy if you are making a lot of flowers. It saves so much time in threading beads!
My Beaded Poppy Brooch is a design that I created back in 2003 when I was just starting out. As soon as I had learned the basic techniques I began designing my own flower patterns.
Poppies are such an iconic and popular flower with all their resonances of war, sacrifice and heroes. So I hope you will enjoy making your own Beaded Poppy Brooches to wear in memory of those who sacrificed their lives for us. You can sell these brooches, just please credit me as the designer – thank you.