Here is a shorter version of instructions w/o pictures:
I made a trip to Jo-Ann Fabric and looked for the items I thought I’d need to make the flowers. I bought several colors of sequins in two sizes: 5mm and 8mm. I also got some glass beads in a couple sizes and invisible and silver threads. Finally, I picked out a couple loose sheets of green felt.
To start, I cut out a piece of felt about three inches square. Then, I thread my needle with the invisible string and started to sew on the middle “stamen” beads.
I had decided to use two of the larger round beads, instead of the long beads I used in my original flower because the long beads were a bit too large for the small sequins. I came up from the bottom side of the felt with my needle and thread on two of the beads. I then went back through the bead closest to the felt on my way back through the felt. This forced the top bead to turn sideways and locked the two in place. I did this three times.
Next, I picked out my bead pattern. I used two small, round beads, a small sequin, a large sequin, another bead and another set of sequins. Finally, I added one last bead to the end because I realized in my first flower that it was difficult to get the second row of flowers where I wanted them when the first row’s sequins were flush to the felt. I pulled the needle up, close to the center beads, and thread the “petal”.
The next part is probably the most difficult. I let the beads slide down to the felt and held the thread taught, in the direction I wanted the petal to go. I made sure the the sequins were laying the way I wanted and held them in place with my pointer finger on my left hand. With my right hand, I put the needle back through the felt under the last bead, where I thought the middle should go once the thread was pulled tight.
I slowly worked my way around the middle, adding the same number of beads and sequins to each petal and placing them in a way that looked good to me. It is a subjective kind of thing. I ended up with eight petals.
Next, I started adding the second row of petals. I used the same pattern of beads and sequins as the first row, without the last bead. I placed two petals between each of the ones on the first row, leaving me with sixteen outside petals.
That’s it. It probably took me about two hours total to complete this flower, but I feel like I could get through them a bit faster now that I know the process a bit more.
Not sure if I’ll use these anywhere in wedding or, even if I did, how I would use them. They’d probably need to be sewn to something, not sure how they’d hold up on a “stem” of floral wire. Maybe a wrist corsage made with different sized flowers, tied with a ribbon? Or, attached to a hair pin? We’ll see.