My name is Christine McCann and I founded NEWCHRIS
from my interest in French beaded flowers. These
flowers, unlike other artificial flowers, are individually unique and
beautiful. They are not botanically correct, but then again there
is no perfect flower in nature. I was amazed how beautiful these
flowers were and now I want to introduce you to this world of beaded
flowers. Each flower is hand made by me.
Beaded flowers are made from small
beads strung onto wire which is then twisted and shaped into petals.
For centuries beads have been used in jewellery and in ornamental
decorations. It is not clear when or why the art
of beaded flowers was first developed.
The interest in beaded flowers
came and went according to fashion over the years. A major revival
in the interest in beaded flowers occurred during the Victorian era when
beaded flowers were used in "immortelles" which were wreaths and other
funeral art created to commemorate the dead. Another revival is
occurring in the United States of America and countries outside of
Europe where beaded flowers are used for decorative purposes.
several techniques used in making beaded flowers. Two popular
techniques are the French method and the Victorian method. The
beaded flowers made by
are made using the French method.
flowers are traditionally made using seed beads. Seed beads can be
faceted or smooth, have irregular or regular shapes. The beads
are irregular seed beads, usually 11/0 or 10/0 size. I prefer using these
beads because each petal is unique, thereby making each flower
distinctive. No two flowers are alike.
My beaded flowers have
a beaded stem. I sell beaded flowers as
individual flowers. The corresponding beaded leaves are extra and do not
have a beaded stem. The flowers may
be used in bouquets, floral arrangements, jewellery, gift decorations,
wedding favours, Christmas decorations, hair accessories and many more.
My kits also use
irregular seed beads, usually 11/0 or 10/0 size. My kits include
beads, wire, stem wire, floral tape and other specified components. All
you need is patience, wire cutters, pliers and may be a bead spinner.
Patterns may be purchased, please contact me.
My beaded flowers
have been influenced by the designs of Virginia Nathanson, Carol Benner Doelp,
Donna DeAngelis Dickt and Minako Shimonagase.