B’Sue Boutique’s Brenda Sue Landsdowne’s Sari Ribbon Party Blog Hop has led me to this!
Check yesterday’s post for the list of participants and please, please visit their blogs so you can see all the different interpretations of these exquisite and colorful strips of recycled saris. If you’re not familiar, the sari is the traditional dress for women in India.
For me it was an opportunity to combine two techniques I love. One is a fiber and wire focal piece adapted from one I saw in the book A Charming Exchange made by Ruth Rae. You may remember I taught a class on this project last month.
The second is my love for making French beaded flowers. I figured there must be a way of combining the two. They just begged for each other!
My inspiration was a section of sari ribbon I bought from B’Sue Boutiques. I just loved the color way of deep blue, rich red, and purple, purple, purple. I also felt some lighter blues, turquoise and pink would work well.
The cobalt blue oblong beads are four vintage ones I had in my stash. All gone now! I added some Vintaj natural brass bead caps to put even more of a vintage spin on the piece. The multi-colored glass beads are Czech.
And that big pink berry bead is one of two I purchased in a package at Art Unraveled this year from Beth Quinn Designs. That’s my homage to Brenda’s favorite “Five and Dime” Style! The two faceted briolette beads are a nod to upcycling. They came from a broken earring!
I wore my sari flower necklace today and got several compliments. But now I keep tossing and turning at night dreaming of variations. (A vision in pink and white for a wedding?) Feedback encouraged!