Fran has a passion for beading.
She self-published a range of books on beading designs from a “Project Book for Beginners” to a book dedicated to “Little Bags” and she runs regular workshops on beading in France.
Fran’s background is in mainstream teaching. She has also worked in Adult Education.
Much of Fran’s craft work has been self-exploratory as she has followed her interests in different crafts over the years – – including spinning, weaving, cross stitch, tapestry, and embroidery. Now the lure of beads has totally taken over her life and she loves sharing that excitement with her students.
Fran and her husband, Bill, run a website called Make Me – In Beads, where they offer high quality, tested kits. According to Fran, “we realised that we could help more people enjoy beading by putting our designs into kit form and then make these kits available through our website.”
Their website also includes a gallery of her latest work which is sure to inspire. You will also find more information on the workshops that they run from their house in France (near Fresney).
Click here to watch a delightful little workshop from Fran in which she shows us how to make the simplest of button brooches which starts off with some laid work round the button and then a 3-bead edging.
- 3-bead edging allows you to bead and stitch in one go.
- Remember to stitch your brooch-back onto the second piece of fabric before gluing because you won’t be able to stitch it in when glued.
- Use a button of 1” or less when creating a beaded brooch, or you might find that you get a much bigger brooch than you expected.
- Use a varnish with a diamond glaze when making beads from fabric and paper. It gives you a much more durable bead and adds a warm lustre.