There are so many different ways to make beaded flowers. Some of the most intricate and beautiful that I've seen have been done on thin wire in the French style. I decided to figure out a way to do mine with needle and thread instead.
You might remember awhile ago I shared a piece that I made, inspired by my mother's flower garden. [Note - Here is a tutorial on putting the whole piece together!] I thought it might be nice to show you one of the simple ways that I made some of the flowers for this piece.
Materials & Tools8mm crystal beads
Delica or Czech seed beads
Nymo thread, size O
1. Wrap the thread through the hole of an 8mm crystal twice, tying a knot each time. Position the two threads so that they are on opposite sides of the bead.
2. Starting near the hole where you've tied off, add brick stitch all the way around, using the threads as the foundation. If you are using Delica seed beads, you'll be able to fit 16 beads around the circumference (14 of most Czech seed beads). It's important to make it an even number.
3. Needle up through the first brick stitch and pick up 8 seed beads. Go back down through the 7th bead and peyote stitch down to the base. Needle down through the next brick stitch and back up through the first.
4. Stitch another peyote row around the outside of the petal, adding only 2 beads on each side. Needle down through the second brick stitch, and up through the next to start the next petal.
5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 around the circumference, making 8 petals (7 if using Czech beads).
6. Stitch petals in between the first set with a second color, making 8 more for a total of 16 petals (7 more and 14 total with Czech beads).
7. Optional - stitch one skinny petal between each set of two petals. Use 6 beads of a brighter or darker color, plus a gold bead for the tip. Go back down through the sixth bead and pick up 5 more. Needle down through the same brick stitch you started from. Skip 2 petals and needle up to form the next skinny petal all the way around.
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