Botanical French beading – a daffodil stem with Holly Parr

Ref: S1D13548

Location: West Dean

About this course

Learn how to create a beautiful daffodil using the traditional and adaptable craft of French beading. This19th-century art form combines stringing glass seed beads; wire wrapping and twisting; and sculpting to create exquisite forever flowers to treasure.

Course Description

Gain an insight into the lost art of French beading. Learning a combination of techniques you will create your own forever flower; techniques which you could use in the future to create your own stems and designs.

This course is suitable for all levels and is the perfect opportunity to escape reality and get lost in this therapeutic process.

Working with tiny glass seed beads and wire you will be amazed by how ethereal your finished bloom appears. Despite being a solid, sculptural creation these glass beaded flowers appear soft and delicate, transforming under differing lighting states. Patterns will be provided to assist alongside demonstrations and plenty of one-to-one support as you are guided through the creation of your daffodil stem.

By the end of the course you will have completed your single stem that will last the test of time.


Timetable for one day courses

Students should arrive by 9am for registration.

Classes are from 9.15 - 5pm

Lunch is included.

Course Materials


  • On this course the tutor will supply all of the materials including 2mm glass seed beads, fine craft wire, stub wire and floral tape.

What students need to bring

  • The materials for this course include tiny 2mm glass seed beads. If you wear glasses for close distance activities please bring them along.

Additional information

Please wear comfortable clothing for the workshop or studio. This is not a messy craft.


Holly Parr

Holly graduated from the Central School of Ballet with a BA in Professional Dance and Theatre Studies. Following graduation, she embarked on a colourful career in the theatrical costume industry. During this time Holly stumbled upon French beading, a 19th Century craft that immortalises botanicals, and became completely captivated by the art.  

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