Sunday, April 23, 2006
Rose and Cymbidium
Here are a rose and cymbidium orchid from the Dutch book Beadflowers by Annette van Sevenhoven and Leane de Graff. The patterns in this book are very lovely. The flowers, however, aren't made like French beaded flowers, they're made using loops, which then have a strand of beads run through them to connect them or they are made using the Victorian technique (with a border). I find that this makes the petals of the flowers have quite a bit of empty space, but this makes the designs seem very airy and romantic. There are several entirely diagrammatic patterns in this book, most of which include a big and small variety. All in all it's quite a nice book.
To see more lovely flowers (and trees) made in this style, please see Ellie's photo album. There are over a hundred beautiful pictures!