Growing up, Cliff’s favorite
wildflower—growing right in his own backyard—was the
California Poppy. He loved its structure, from the beautiful
wedge shaped petals, to the perfectly circular receptacle at
the base of the petals, to the frond shaped leaves and the
long straight stalks. When Cliff and his husband David
moved to California and David saw the flower for the first
time, he too fell in love with it, not only for its
structure, but also because it is orange—his favorite color.
Because of their shared love of this delightful flower, the
two of them set out to design their first collaborative
pattern together. The combination of Matsuno and Miyuki
beads give each petal its signature, subtle shapes and
luscious glow. The flowers can be beaded to be more open or
more bud-like, and the twisting stem adds a bit of artistic
flair and grace to the overall piece.