French Beaded Calla Lily Pattern


This pattern gives 9 pages of illustrated instructions to make a Calla Lily. The instructions do include techniques reminders, but I recommend this pattern for beaders with some experience of French Beading. If you are still learning this craft, then you might be interested in my book which includes video demonstrations of all the major techniques. This pattern definitely requires a bead spinner, also available for purchase from me here (unless you would like to thread 3000 beads by hand!). The flower needs about 90g of beads, plus wire in two gauges and a few basic floristry supplies, all available from me in the beading supplies. You can expect to take at least a couple of hours to make a Calla Lily.

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The French beaded Calla Lily pattern includes some basic technique reminders. So, it is a project that you can attempt at any level. However, I would recommend some experience of French beading basics will be helpful before you start.

I first started French Beading in 2003 and as soon as I had learnt the basic techniques, I began creating my own designs. I made the French Beaded Calla Lily pattern several years after I first started this craft. My first Calla Lily was created for a wedding bouquet commission. I later on made a stunning wedding bouquet combining white Calla Lily’s with red roses. It was after this that I decided to publish the pattern, at the request of a customer.

Helpful Information about the French beaded Calla lily pattern

This French Beaded Calla Lily Pattern requires you to understand the ‘basic technique’ and lacing technique. The pattern does give a reminder of how these techniques work. However, if you are new to French beading, you might be interested in my two French beading ebooks. They both include video demonstrations of the techniques.

This Calla Lily is basically created by making one huge single petal. This means that you will be stringing around 3000 beads. So, if you don’t already have a bead spinner, it would be a good investment for this project! I used to string all my beads by hand and it would probably have taken me a couple of hours to do this for a Calla Lily. Whereas, I can string this quantity in about ten minutes using the bead spinner!

You will also need wire in two different gauges. I use Matsuno brand seed beads. This project will work with other brands, but I have found that different manufacturers produce beads with very slight differences in size. So, you may need to adapt the pattern slightly if you are using a different brand of bead. You can check my beading supplies section to get your materials from me.

If you have any problems or need any advice, don’t hesitate to contact me – I’m always happy to help!

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