Fran Griffith

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Previously a UK Textile Display Artist, Craft, Gardening and Textile Teacher, and choreographer of unusual Arts and Crafts Workshops, Fran Griffith was captivated by beadwork from the very first day she tried it.

20+ years on, Fran is an established and experienced Bead Artist, teaching, publishing, and exhibiting her work internationally.  She also runs www.

Fran just can’t get enough of the pure joy of design and colour. She dreams sparkling bead colours, mathematical designs, and intricate combinations!

Project: Mexican Sunflower

The workshop piece is called ‘Mexican Sunflower’ (Tithonia).
I grew some in my garden this year, they are about 6′ tall with lots and lots of flowers.

Slightly different for me, this is an asymmetric necklace.

Mexican Sunflowers appear to float gracefully around your neck! Most of these three dimensional sunflowers have glass centred ovals. There are four sizes, the smallest having 3mm. Swarovski bicone centres. All have sparkly tips. They are worked in Tubular Herringbone with an alternate start, increasing and pinched picots to create a fluted 3D effect. 

By complete fluke and to my great delight, the colour of the glass oval I’ve used in the centre of the main photo is called ’Tequila’!

If you are not a fan of the asymmetry, I will show you how to make it symmetrical during the class. 

Workshop: This is a one-day workshop

Skill level: Intermediate/advanced

Techniques: Tubular herringbone