This French beaded African Violet kit is a lot of fun to make. It may look like a lot of work, but I used a ‘cheat’ on the leaves, so they’re pretty fast to make.
This French beaded African Violet kit contains materials for the ‘variegated’ petals shown. If you would like a different colour flower to that shown, I can arrange this. Please email me and let me know what you would like and I should be able to sort that out.
Your kit contains:
- 40g size 11 seed beads for flowers
- 100g size 11 seed beads for leaves
- 2 reels of 24ga (0.5mm) wire to tone with your beads
- Floral stem tape
- Embroidery silk
You will just need to supply a pot and some oasis to plant your African violet. Plus wire cutters, as for any French beading project.
I strongly recommend using a bead spinner for this project. You are going to need to string a lot of beads and this will be quite a painful process if you attempt it by hand!
The French beaded African violet kit offers you the choice of buying just the materials, or also getting the pattern. So, please make sure you choose the right option when you order.
Experience and Techniques
This project is for beaders who have some French beading experience. The French beaded African Violet only uses the ‘basic’ technique. But I have assumed you are already familiar with this.
If you need to learn, I have a free tutorial that you can download from this website. Or, even better, my ebook, Bead Flowers and Wedding Bouquets’ teaches you from scratch, with video demonstrations. So, you might want to grab a copy here>>
About the French Beaded African Violet kit
This is a project that I designed when I first started beading, back in 2003. I have only just written up the pattern (2018!).
Back when I started, I never dreamed that I would one day be teaching others, or selling tutorials. But I did start designing right from day 1. Happily, I also made notes as I was creating my first flowers. I intended these to be reminders to me, but I’m very glad I have them now.
So, I am still working my way through my notebook, turning those notes into tutorials, like this.
Many of my original flowers ended up as gifts for friends and family. So, I’m having to re-make all the projects in order to photograph them now. This is taking some time, but it’s also rather nice to revisit my roots.