27 Before 27 – Amethyst

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Good afternoon Buttoneers! It’s a double whammy ’27 before 27′ blog challenge this week. You can read about this challenge here.  I still can’t believe that I am just over half way now! Its crazy pants! So without further ado here is embroidered felt brooch number 15…

Shades of Purple Felt and Embroidery Thread - 27 Before 27 – Amethyst at www.elistonbutton.com - Eliston Button - That Crafty Kid – Art, Design, Craft & Adventure.

I decided on purple as the colour theme for this brooch as I haven’t used it yet.

I found these three beautiful shades of purple that immediately made me think of the gorgeous shades of Amethyst.

Purple Embroidery Thread - Purple Embroidery Thread - 27 Before 27 – Amethyst at www.elistonbutton.com - Eliston Button - That Crafty Kid – Art, Design, Craft & Adventure.

I had an idea at the start but wasn’t sure how it would work out through the creative process of the brooch. I started by drawing around three different circular items for three different sized starting shapes, which is totally different to how I usually start and was a nice change, albeit a little daunting to go off the beaten path a little! This year is all about Adventure after all!

Cutting Out Felt Circles - 27 Before 27 – Amethyst at www.elistonbutton.com - Eliston Button - That Crafty Kid – Art, Design, Craft & Adventure.

Drawing Out Circles in Felt - 27 Before 27 – Amethyst at www.elistonbutton.com - Eliston Button - That Crafty Kid – Art, Design, Craft & Adventure.

Circles in Felt - 27 Before 27 – Amethyst at www.elistonbutton.com - Eliston Button - That Crafty Kid – Art, Design, Craft & Adventure.

Shades of Purple Circle Felt Shapes - 27 Before 27 – Amethyst at www.elistonbutton.com - Eliston Button - That Crafty Kid – Art, Design, Craft & Adventure.

Then I used these circles to start sewing a back stitch around in petal shapes. This was a lot harder than I expected and as you can see had a fair few tries at this and bear in mind this is just a few of the failed attempts learning curves. 

Experiments in Embroidery - 27 Before 27 – Amethyst at www.elistonbutton.com - Eliston Button - That Crafty Kid – Art, Design, Craft & Adventure.

Just when I thought I had nailed it, I also accidentally cut through one of the stitches when (trying to) carefully cut around the petals to create the flower shape. Aaarrgghh!!

Cutting the Wrong Stitch! - 27 Before 27 – Amethyst at www.elistonbutton.com - Eliston Button - That Crafty Kid – Art, Design, Craft & Adventure.

So, after throwing it on the floor and shouting at it for being naughty going to pop the kettle on to make a cup of tea, I decided that starting at the bottom layer with the larger petals and working backwards to the top layer would be easier.

Base Layer of Purple Felt Embroidered Flower Petals - 27 Before 27 – Amethyst at www.elistonbutton.com - Eliston Button - That Crafty Kid – Art, Design, Craft & Adventure.

Middle Layer of Purple Felt Embroidered Flower Petals - 27 Before 27 – Amethyst at www.elistonbutton.com - Eliston Button - That Crafty Kid – Art, Design, Craft & Adventure.

Top Layer of Purple Felt Embroidered Flower Petals - 27 Before 27 – Amethyst at www.elistonbutton.com - Eliston Button - That Crafty Kid – Art, Design, Craft & Adventure.

Unfortunately for this blog post, I got a bit carried away with it all and slightly immersed into the last episode of my Netflix marathon and forgot to take my usual step by step photographs. On the up side, I managed to figure it out and create a brooch I was happy with without the stopping and starting that comes with taking the photographs. I also found that sewing the top layer of petals around the button (which I wanted to keep really simple) made the flow of sewing easier for each corner and straight. I then cut (a lot more carefully) around the outside of the petals. 

Amethyst Purple Shades Embroidered Felt Flower Brooch - 27 Before 27 – Amethyst at www.elistonbutton.com - Eliston Button - That Crafty Kid – Art, Design, Craft & Adventure.

I never thought I would say it but I really like that the petals are all individual and not ‘perfect’ in shape. Blimey, maybe I do need to stop and make a cup of tea! 

Amethyst Purple Shades Embroidered Felt Flower Brooch Close Up - 27 Before 27 – Amethyst at www.elistonbutton.com - Eliston Button - That Crafty Kid – Art, Design, Craft & Adventure.

I also love that when moulded upwards, the petals look really great and it adds a bit of depth to the brooch. I love it when I find I can do this. It makes the same brooch look totally different and wearable in two styles! 

Amethyst Purple Shades Embroidered Felt Flower Brooch  - Dimension View - 27 Before 27 – Amethyst at www.elistonbutton.com - Eliston Button - That Crafty Kid – Art, Design, Craft & Adventure.

Amethyst Purple Shades Embroidered Felt Flower Brooch - Centrepiece Detail - 27 Before 27 – Amethyst at www.elistonbutton.com - Eliston Button - That Crafty Kid – Art, Design, Craft & Adventure.

Amethyst Purple Shades Embroidered Felt Flower Brooch Detail - 27 Before 27 – Amethyst at www.elistonbutton.com - Eliston Button - That Crafty Kid – Art, Design, Craft & Adventure.

Amethyst Purple Shades Embroidered Felt Flower Brooch  - Back Detail - 27 Before 27 – Amethyst at www.elistonbutton.com - Eliston Button - That Crafty Kid – Art, Design, Craft & Adventure.

Embroidered Felt Flower Brooch No.15 of 27 - 27 Before 27 – Amethyst at www.elistonbutton.com - Eliston Button - That Crafty Kid – Art, Design, Craft & Adventure.

I really grew to love this brooch after the trials and tribulations of the start of the embroidery. I really enjoyed the process too as it was so different to my usual approach. I let go a bit and embroidered freely without a plan and love how organic this made the overall flower. So, it’s 15 down 12 to go! How exciting! 

What do you think? Are there any different colours you would like to see for a future flower brooch? I would love to hear all about it!

Meet me for a chat with a cup of tea in the comments below. I’ll click the kettle on!

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