When my Mom was visiting, she saw roses made from lace in a craft book. She really, really liked them. A few days after she left, I found these little doilies at the thrift store. The bundle of 3 white doilies was 49 cents and the bundle of 4 white doilies was 49 cents. So I made her a bouquet and dragonfly.
I contacted one of her co-workers to deliver her the flowers at work. Her co-worker had Mom guess who sent it. Mom couldn't guess me even though all the clues pointed to me. She figured it couldn't be me because I hadn't been to Pella that weekend.
A Few Details on the Roses
The roses are pretty easy to make. You simply use a running stitch to gather the doily up. Then you thread a wire through the middle and double it up. Twist the doubled length to strenthen the stem then wrap the wire around the base of the doily to keep the flower from flopping.
Wrap the flower wire with florist's tape. Cut a rough circle out of fulled wool. Cut a slit in the middle and slide it up the stem. Use hot glue to glue it around the base of the flower.
How to Make a Beaded Dragonfly
Next slip three or four larger beads over both wires. This will be the dragonflies tail.
Split the wires apart and thread around thirty seed beads or E beads on each wire. These will be the wings.
Make a loop of each beaded section and twist them together at the base. Bring your two wires together and thread one longer bead or several beads together toe make the body segment between the wings.
Repeat the wing making procedure. When you bring the wires together again, thread one large bead onto them to make the head.
Split the wires and thread one seed bead on each wire for the eyes. Feed the wires back through the head and wrap several times to secure and trim the ends.
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