Sunday 21 February 2010

From hot pink to snow white!

The April issue of Bead & Button magazine is out and my project 'Bougainvillea Bouquet' is on page 58.  I used hot pink and bright green seed beads, and a combination of brick and herringbone stitch, to try and capture the feel of this well known plant with its papery bracts concealing the small white flowers.

I have always loved bougainvillea whenever I have seen it on my travels, whether growing wild or cultivated, and although it comes in many colours, the common pinky-purple colour never fails to brighten things up.  Just look at the photo below that I took in Spain a few months ago and see how the bougainvillea livens up this tumbling riot of jasmine and morning glory.

I made my necklace with nine removable bracts, so that you can wear it simply with just two, or add a few, or if you are feeling in the right frame of mind - wear the whole eye-catching cluster!

Looking at the next picture, which was taken in my home town this morning, I think this afternoon would be a good time to get those hot pink seed beads out again to try and brighten things up a little around here!

See you next time, when hopefully things will have warmed up and I will have a new beady project to show you ...


  1. Your work is beautiful! always!


  2. This is a stunning necklace! The bougainvillea I'm familiar with from back home is a darker pink than this. It never fails to cheer me up!

  3. this is beautiful!
    I love your flowers :)

  4. This necklace is gorgeous it certainly reminds me of sunshine filled holidays in Spain.
    Ann x

  5. You do create amazing things! It certainly does take me back to hotter times in Spain. No such colour here at the moment

  6. I remember your bouganvillea necklace well, is vibrant and beautiful and so reminiscent of its real-life counterpart. You have such a knack for recreating Mother Nature's finest work with your beads!

    Btw, what a gorgeous couple you and your husband make! Even if you are both standing in the middle of a snow storm, you look happy and in love :-)

  7. Hello !

    Your work is all very beautiful.
    Beads & Button April is looking forward to arrive!

  8. Hello
    I found your blog the other day and it's fab!
    I want to be able to bead like you when I grow up! I love bouganvillea - it reminds me of Portugal which has a special place in my heart.

    And also a thank you for the awareness pins - my Mum too has been through breast cancer so I'll make one for her.


    PS I'm so glad it's not just me who struggles with the poor UK daylight at this time of year!

  9. That is beautiful and i did laugh at your use of using the necklace to brighten up your weather :)

  10. Hi Kerrie,

    I've given you for The Circle of Friends Award...details are here...

    All the best,
    Clair x

  11. Thank you for taking the time to leave such great comments everyone! Jo - I hope your Mum is well now and continues to be so ♥

    Thanks for the award Clair!

    Kerrie x

  12. You have a great eye the use of colour is a perfect idea. What better way to brighten a cold day. :)


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