A Bit of Beaded Flower History

Have you ever wondered who made the first beaded flowers? According to Arlene Baker, author of Beads in Bloom, “The craft dates to the Middle Ages and was introduced in Venice where bead production was a widely practiced trade by highly skilled craftsmen. The sheer abundance of wondrous glass beads in this area contributed to the development of beaded flowers. Women of modest means, who sold or traded the flowers for their livelihood, fashioned them with beads and wire. The elaborate decorative arrangements and they made adorned altars, banquet tables, and statuary during most religious festivities and other celebrations.”

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