Floral French beading – rosa canina decoration with Holly Parr

Ref: S2D33178

Location: West Dean
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About this course

Try your hand at a 19th-century art form that refers to a set of techniques, which combines: stringing glass seed beads; wire wrapping and twisting; and sculpting to create a circular rosa canina arrangement to treasure. This workshop will focus on the rose using the traditional and adaptable craft of French beading.

Course Description

Over the duration of this course you will 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 designs.  

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

French beading was thought to have been hugely popular in the Victorian era, with their language of flower expressing hidden messages. 

Patterns will be provided to assist alongside demonstrations and plenty of one-to-one support as you are guided through the creation of your rosa canina decoration.

Working with glass 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.  

By the end of the course you will enjoy roses in blooms all year round.     


Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above

Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.

6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).

8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.

Daily timetable

Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.

From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).

Evening working - students may have access to workshops until 9pm, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.

Last day

Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.

Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.

(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)

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 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.  


Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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