Saturday, 31 January 2009

Bougainvillea Bouquet!

I have finally finished working on my new flowers and here is my entry for the Etsy Beadweavers challenge - Bougainvillea Bouquet!




Whilst I was working on this, I recalled some of the beautiful images of bougainvillea I have seen on my travels; arching over a monastery doorway in Corfu, cut into neat hedges in Spain, growing wild by the roadside in Thailand and Sri Lanka and vivid clusters set against a backdrop of deep blue sea in the Maldives. I didn't need to dig out the photos to remind of these scenes, they are all quite clear to me and I thoroughly enjoyed casting my mind back as I sat and sewed each bead together.

I wanted to create a piece that was not only eye-catching but also very wearable. Therefore I engineered it so that the necklace can be worn quite simply with just two bougainvillea bracts suspended from the woven rope, or all eleven bracts can be threaded onto the rope, creating a vibrant cluster, exposing their inner white flowers.



15 comments:

  1. Wow Kerrie you never cease to amaze it is stunning
    x chris

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  2. I can smell the perfume of your flowers

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  3. We have beautiful bougainvillea here in S. Calif too and you really captured their beauty well.

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  4. Kerrie your flowers are so lifelike and beautiful.

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  5. I love it, Kerrie. You have a style so unique anyone can identify it. You make such lovely flowers. Good luck on the voting.

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  6. We have a spectacular 40 year old bouganvillea in our garden. Your version is spot on, Kerrie! I love that you can wear as few or as many bracts as you wish, very clever :) Best of luck with the challenge!

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  7. Wow, this is beautiful Kerrie! I love bougainvillea too, you've captured the delicacy and colour perfectly. Good luck with the challenge!
    Maz x

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  8. Those flowers are absolutely gorgeous!

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  9. I love it, its so beautiful. We also have these flowers in Turkey, and I have some next to my balcony, they bloom twice a year. Hope you are well Kerrie. Love Tammy

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  10. Kerrie, these are gorgeous!! I'm hoping to have a bougainvillea-themed wedding on a Greek island next year and I would LOVE to be able to make these necklaces as bridesmaids gifts. I don't suppose the pattern is for sale yet?

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