Saturday, July 16, 2011

Cornflowers or Batchelors Buttons

I absolutely adore Cornflowers and have really enjoyed making these, unfortunately I just didn't feel like putting them on a card so displayed them in a vase so that I can keep making more and adding to them.  Interesting facts about cornflowers are:

In folklore, cornflowers were worn by young men in love; if the flower faded too quickly, it was taken as a sign that the man's love was not returned or wasn't true in the first place, so they always picked the brightest blue one that they could find.

In herbalism, a decoction of cornflower is effective in treating conjunctivitis, and as a wash for tired eyes

It was the favourite flower of John F. Kennedy and was worn by his son, John F. Kennedy, Jr. at his wedding as a tribute to his father.

Cornflowers were also used in the funeral wreath made for Pharaoh Tutankhamen.

This may be my last post for a couple of weeks as my Son and Grand daughter are coming home from Japan for a holiday, my DIL will join them for the last ten days.  As I don't see them often I have cancelled all lessons until the 15th August, whether or not I survive without any craft for that length of time will be decided later!!! lol


Carol Southern said...

After making these beauties I think that putting them in the vase was a great idea. They look wonderful.
Enjoy your time with the family Jenni.

Mrs.B said...

Jenni these look real! Gorgeous colour.
Have a great time with your son and grand daughter, look forward to hearing all your news when they have returned home.
Love Avril xx

Anonymous said...

Absolutely stunning Jenni; they look so real! They look so beautiful in the vase. I love the interesting facts you tell us about the flowers too!
Have a wonderful time with your family!

Anonymous said...

Love the cornflowers!
So looking forward to tonight,s lesson!!!