Very recently I have had the pleasure of meeting Arlene Baker. Someone whom I should already be acquainted with but for some reason or another our paths had not yet crossed. We know a lot of the same people have the same love of vintage handwork, vintage millinery flowers, and French beaded flowers. Arlene is the author of the popular how-to book titled "Beads in Bloom - The Art of Making French Beaded Flowers", published by Interweave Press.
I met Arlene when I ordered one of her reproduced flower petal molds for one of my numerous on-going projects. We hit it off immediately and are making plans for when I am in the LA area next January.
Arlene teaches monthly workshops in her home in Downey California, her work is often featured in "Beadwork" and "Piecework" magazines. She sells the flower molds that she reproduces herself and also sells kits to make these glorious creations. Send her a note; firstname.lastname@example.org