French beaded flowers technique: Continuous Cross-Over Loops
The Continuous Cross-over loops French beading technique is usually used for making petals all on one continuous wire.
Practice petals – 11/0 seed beads/24 gauge wire
Pattern: Seven 20-bead CCL
Prepare: String approx. 30 inches (76.2 cm) beads onto a spool of 24-gauge wire.
- Leave a 3-inch (7.6 cm) tail. Make a 20-bead loop. Pinch the loop so that it’s a long oval.
- Move the working-wire so that it is up in between the loop. Photo 1.
- Feed enough beads so that it covers the wire and then bend the bare wire over the top of the loop and go down the backside. Photo 2.
- Feed and push (Photo 3) more beads up the wire until it covers the wire. There will be a small amount of wire peeking through at the top and that’s okay. Tip: Using the same color wire as your beads will make the wire less noticeable.
- Wrap the bare wire around the base twice to secure. Photo 4.
You now have one (1) cross-over loop (CCL).
- Start another loop next to the first petal leaving about 1/8 inch (.31 cm) of space in between. Photo 5.
- When finishing the wrap for the subsequent cross-over loops, make the wrap on the bare wire in between the petals. Continue making the cross-over loops until you’ve reached your desired number of petals.
- 8. Re-positioning Tail Wires: Take one of the tail wires and wrap it around the base of a petal across it. Photo 6.
See final Practice Petals in Photo 7 with the front view and side view.