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Bead-Woven Flowers: Jewelry Projects, Parts, and Patterns

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This is a beautiful example of a blue and white bead-woven flower.

This is a beautiful example of a blue and white bead-woven flower.

Beaded Flower Patterns and Ideas

One popular technique for beading, and specifically bead-weaving, is to make flowers. French-beaded flowers are especially popular. Similar to making beaded beads and beaded leaves, starting with standalone flower projects is a good way to begin. Experiment with new patterns and ideas. Get comfortable with the techniques. Once you get into a groove, you'll have more flowers than you ever need. Now, what do you do with them?

If you are also interested in beaded leaves or have explored this concept before, you may be itching to create any number of garden pieces by combining these two skill sets. There are endless possibilities for flower projects without leaves as well.

What You Can Make With Beaded Flowers

I have included ideas for standalone projects, rings, earrings, bracelets, necklaces, hair clips, and brooches. I have rounded up some of the best patterns that I can find for each type of project. I have included lots of free patterns and a few paid patterns that go from $5–10.

As always, if you have any questions, please let me know. Happy beading!

Delicate purple and black beaded flowers.

Delicate purple and black beaded flowers.

Standalone Flower Projects

As I mentioned above, standalone flower projects as a great way to start with this technique. When you finish a flower, you may decide to keep it as is or you may decide to include it as a component in a larger project.

Beaded flowers do not necessarily have to be used for jewelry. They can make stunning components for wedding arrangements and home décor. Consider using a couple of flowers for a small table display or making a big bunch for an amazing bridal bouquet or wedding reception decoration.

A brightly colored beaded flower ring is a piece of statement jewelry.

A brightly colored beaded flower ring is a piece of statement jewelry.

Rings

Rings are an especially popular method of using beaded flowers. "Beaded flower rings" shows up high in the Google searches from both people looking for patterns and people searching for a ring to purchase. Consider smaller flower designs that will be well-suited to hands. You don't want a flower to overwhelm a person's look or distract from the rest of their outfit.

Some beaders choose to make a beaded base for the ring, while others choose to attach their beadwork to metal ring bases. If you will be selling your rings, make sure to get accurate ring size measurements for your online listing information or for in-person buyers.

This pair of yellow beaded flower earrings resemble daisies or sunflowers.

This pair of yellow beaded flower earrings resemble daisies or sunflowers.

Earrings

Earrings are a perfect option for pairs of flowers. When you get a design that you love for earrings, consider making it in multiple color combinations. Many flower designs work well for dangle earrings, but you may be able to use very small flowers for post earrings. Consider types of metal and dangle earring styles that will coordinate with your flower designs.

An original cally lily design accents this gorgeous herringbone necklace.

An original cally lily design accents this gorgeous herringbone necklace.

Consider pairing beaded flowers with wire wrapped or other wire components.

Consider pairing beaded flowers with wire wrapped or other wire components.

Bracelet or Necklace Components

Beaded flowers can be incorporated into any number of different bracelet and necklace designs. You can create a simple piece with one or two flowers, or you can create an elaborate piece with a big flower garden. Beaded flowers work well with bead-woven components but can be combined with other jewelry techniques as well, such as stringing, metalwork, and wire work.

Make sure that the clip that you use it long enough and attached securely.

Make sure that the clip that you use it long enough and attached securely.

Hair Clips

Hair clips are another popular choice for beaded flowers right now. They are perfect for beach wear, garden parties, special occasions, and weddings. There are many different types of beaded flower designs that will work well for hair clips. Make sure that the hair clips that you use are long enough to support the flowers and that the flowers are securely attached to them.

This flower brooch has a clip attached to the back of the spine.

This flower brooch has a clip attached to the back of the spine.

Brooches

You can turn a flower into brooch with any type of pin back. Bulk packs of smaller pin backs are available at Michael's and most sewing chains such as Jo-Ann. Make sure that your design can easily hide a pin back. If you have created a narrow flower such as a calla lily, consider attaching the pin lengthwise. If you have created a stem for your flower, you may want to attach the pin back right where the stem meets the flower.

This black and white beaded flower makes a striking pendant.

This black and white beaded flower makes a striking pendant.

Pendants

A pendant is a simple alternative to a necklace component for a more complex piece. Pair a beaded flower with a simple chain or ribbon. Consider creating a bead-woven chain, such as a tubular herringbone rope, for a more substantial necklace.

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Comments

Jacobb9205 on February 10, 2015:

Awesome creations! Voted up!

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on December 26, 2012:

Thank you!

Messy from Singapore on December 26, 2012:

So beautiful!

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on December 24, 2012:

Glass-Jewelry, thanks! You are absolutely right about this type of beading as well as lampwork glass.

Marco Piazzalunga from Presezzo, Italy on December 24, 2012:

Hello randomcreative,

is truly amazing what a variety of shapes and colors can be realized with this type of technique.

The simple lampwork glass has characteristics of a different kind, and usually when I develop my own designs of glass beads or other glass jewelry, I often strend just when I try to find that special shade of color.

My congrats and thanks for sharing your beautiful pictures!

Marco

DMVmimay on September 06, 2012:

State of the art designs Rose.. great job, keep posting! superb hub.

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on September 05, 2012:

That's great, Messkena. :) Happy beading!

Messy from Singapore on September 05, 2012:

Great hub...Now, I'll have to move my beads collections from the store to the living room and start beading again..thanks.

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on August 14, 2012:

Thanks so much, Karine! Enjoy. :)

Karine Gordineer from Upstate New York on August 14, 2012:

These are great! Thanks for such a fun hub - I can't wait to check out all the links!

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on July 24, 2012:

Thanks, vespawoolf! That's awesome. You should give it a try sometime.

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on July 24, 2012:

I've seen beaded jewelry for sale here in Peru, but your designs are really beautiful. I'd love to learn to make rings and hair clips as gifts for my friends. Thank you for this valuable information. Voted up!

Tanya on July 20, 2012:

That blue and white flower is just gorgeous where can I learn to make those?? This is n great site!

devisree from India on July 17, 2012:

Thank you so much.Beautiful ornaments. By sharing you did a good job.

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on June 25, 2012:

Thanks kygirl!

kygirl89 from West Virginia on June 25, 2012:

I really like the rings and necklaces. Thanks for sharing!

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on June 16, 2012:

Thanks so much!

cityalice on June 16, 2012:

Wow, these photos are very beautiful. I especially like the flower clip in hair.

SWallis from Sth East QLD on April 12, 2012:

Very beautiful work, I'm very impressed by your designs and you skill.

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on March 27, 2012:

Movie Master, you should give it a try sometime!

Thanks Audrey!

Stephanie, beading is definitely a great hobby to carry along. You don't need a lot of space for it.

Thanks Anamika!

Anamika S Jain from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India on March 27, 2012:

Very Creative! I have always loved doing stuff like this... Voted up and liking on FB.

Stephanie Henkel from USA on March 27, 2012:

I love the beautiful examples of beaded flower jewelry! Beading is very popular among RVers, and I've always thought it would be a great hobby to carry along. Thanks for the inspiration! Voted up and pinned!

Audrey Howitt from California on March 27, 2012:

I love these! Thank you so much!

Movie Master from United Kingdom on March 27, 2012:

What beautiful jewelry, I especially like the brooch.

I have never tried making beaded jewelry before and it looks like something I would enjoy doing.

Thank you, voted up and shared.

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on February 17, 2012:

Thanks snappy! This is a pretty popular hub so I'm sure that I do.

snappycanvas from Tampa, Florida, USA on February 17, 2012:

lovely designs! You'll earn from this collection for sure!

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on February 15, 2012:

Thank you Jen!

Jen Womeldorf from Phoenix, Arizona on February 15, 2012:

Great hub. Voted up! Lovely patterns you've chosen to include. Thanks.

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on February 06, 2012:

Thank you!

services4all from U.S. on February 06, 2012:

Nice post, I think you have done good job in posting this article.

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on December 26, 2011:

Thanks!

htodd from United States on December 24, 2011:

I never thought of this ..Great ides

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on December 19, 2011:

Thanks! Yep, they are perfect for brooches! Good luck.

Silwen from Europe on December 19, 2011:

Great Hub. The idea of making beaded flowers is great. Such flowers are perfect solution for making brooches. I will surely try some ideas.

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on September 23, 2011:

Sorry if it sounded like I was trying to pressure you. I get frustrated when people tell me that they don't know when they would pick up a hobby because they have "no time." However, it's a completely different thing to have projects that you're working on already than to not want to take up a hobby at all. Best of luck with everything!

A.CreativeThinker on September 23, 2011:

Unfortunately, right now I am working on quite a few projects that take up most of my time. But I will keep this in mind for later. Take Care :)

Regards,

A.CreativeThinker

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on September 23, 2011:

It doesn't take a lot of time to get started. I opened my Etsy shop while I was working full time and getting my master's degree.

Most of the pieces that I post are offloom work, but they are still woven so the techniques are somewhat similar. Most of the pieces that I post are not my own. There are a lot of talented jewelry artists out there, though!

A.CreativeThinker on September 23, 2011:

I may start it up one day, when I can find the time. I remember learning to bead using a loom at school. I made a few things and it was quite fun. Your pieces are absolutely lovely randomcreative, you are definitely very creative!!

Take Care :)

Regards,

A.CreativeThinker

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on September 23, 2011:

Thanks! I just got into serious beading a few years ago and haven't looked back since. You should give it a try again. Even if you can only find a few hours a week, you'll be amazed how much you get done.

A.CreativeThinker on September 23, 2011:

I love this hub! I haven't done beading since High School, but would love to have the time. Amazing pictures. :)

Regards,

A.CreativeThinker

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on September 20, 2011:

Thanks so much!

heart4theword from hub on September 19, 2011:

Wow, these are beautiful:) Love the white flower in the hair! Thanks for sharing some awesome bead weaving:)

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on September 15, 2011:

Thanks so much Audrey! You should definitely try your hand at beadwork sometime!

Audrey Hunt from Pahrump NV on September 15, 2011:

Once again, randomcreative you have out-done yourself with this inspiring hub. And I am inspired again by you, as I want to learn to make some of these magnificent pieces. I love them all. I voted up and across the board with the exception of funny. vocalcoach

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on September 15, 2011:

I haven't made any beaded flowers (yet) so I can't take credit for any of these photos, but there are a lot of talented jewelry artists out there who do deserve the credit. Thanks!

Cloverleaf from Calgary, AB, Canada on September 15, 2011:

Hi randomcreative

You have some amazing beaded jewelry here, and once again your brilliant photography shows them off beautifully. Voted up!

Cloverleaf.

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on September 14, 2011:

Thanks so much everyone! Marlene, I enjoy giving handmade gifts, too.

JasonPLittleton on September 14, 2011:

Amazing design, thanks for this.

Marlene Bertrand from USA on September 14, 2011:

Oh, what a great idea. I like to give handmade gifts to people whenever I return something that I have borrowed from them. I love this idea. Thank you for all of the helpful hints.

VENZKHVAM from Milk way galaxy, trying to find a more adventurous place in another galaxy with my great followers on September 14, 2011:

very beautiful designs and hub voted beautiful.