Good afternoon Buttoneers! Here we are at felt embroidered brooch number 13 in my ’27 before 27′ blog challenge. If you missed the start of this challenge you can read all about it here)
Today I have for you ‘Aquamarine’ named after its pretty blue, green and grey hues and it’s sparkling ocean-like colours that are reminiscent of fun filled beach days and sea glass treasures!
As I seem to have got into the routine of doing over the last few brooches, I found my felt colours first and then matched them to a complimenting embroidery thread. It used to be that I found the button first and want to try this again soon to mix it up a bit and keep the blog challenge feeling fresh and fun.
I really loved how the powder blue and the dusty grey sat together and got super excited when the embroidery thread gave it that zing and pop of colour to brighten it up. So I cut the petals into a bit of a different shape to normal and kept them wider at the top to play around with different a finished result.
I then mixed it up a bit and tried, for the first time, a chevron blanket stitch around the outside of the petal and after a bit of practise, a lot of cutting off tangled thread and a few ‘shall I pick another stitch’ moments I really like the outcome.
I found a pack of these buttons in different colours in France last year and thought they looked so fun and pretty. They sat in my button-and-centre-piece-inspiration jar and I hadn’t thought about them again until I was hunting through, trialling different possibilities for this brooch. Voilà! It almost perfectly matched the colour of the embroidery thread and added a lovely purple colour into the centre. I felt like it was just meant to be this time around!
After placing the pretty petals around the centrepiece to double and triple check that it was definitely the right way to go (did I mention before that I was a little indecisive and a massive perfectionist!?) and started to put all of the pieces together to form the flower…
…I also found (and totally meant for it to happen) that the higher three petals of the six sit up from the centrepiece and give the brooch a lovely depth.
So, 13 down and 14 to go! eeek! I am still excited to see if I can complete this challenge and to discover what new creations are in the depths of my imagination!
What do you think? Does it make you think of the ocean and the treasures washed up on the beach? 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!