Just over half way! JUST OVER HALF WAY! Woooohoooo! Can you believe it!? Where has the time gone? Well, I don’t want to make you ‘blush’ (see what I did there!) but I have a lovely brooch for you today for number 14 of my 27 before 27 blog challenge. You can read all about my super-duper challenge here.
Without further ado my lovely Buttoneers, here is Blush.
To be honest, I am astonished that this lovely shade of pink hasn’t appeared sooner in my brooch designs (shame on me) but at last it is here and I unashamedly love it!
Maybe it is because, when I cut out my petal shapes, they looked like little fluffy candy floss clouds!
Once they were all cut out and I had found the prettiest and girliest pink embroidery thread I wanted a simple stitch to add a bit of texture to the petals but not make them look heavy. I opted for a simple running stitch because when I have used this before it has kept the effect light and unobtrusive to the delicate petals. Don’t they look so pretty! Pretty in pink!
Even though I would choose a centrepiece, I needed a ‘core’ for the petals to be attached to so that they had stability. I cut a thin strip out of my felt and rolled it up like bubblegum (Did anyone else have that sort of bubblegum as a kid?)
I then attached all of the petals, starting with the smallest for the middle, and then the medium sized ones and finally a few of the larger sized ones. I wrapped each petal onto the ‘core’ individually and staggered them so that they could all be seen. I loved this bit; there was something quite therapeutic about creating a flower by adding a petal at a time and building it up from the centre.
I was a bit concerned that because of all of the layering of petals, the brooch seemed to have taken on a bit of a bell shape and even more so when I sewed on the brooch back underneath. This was fine as a felt flower, but when worn as a brooch it would stick out too much and flop down hiding the centrepiece…eeekkk!
So, I carefully moulded some of the petals back on themselves a bit and opened up the flower, Just like it was blossoming out and I loved this. The petals looked more realistic and the brooch was visually more appealing to me. I really like it before but now I really loved the layers and depths of each petal side by side.
By doing this it really opened out the petals and created a lovely blooming flower effect.
It also flattened out the back a bit to make the brooch a lot more wearable.
Next came the sage of the centrepiece.
Half way through sewing my petals, I found this lovely rose style resin flower cabochon. I thought it was the perfect centrepiece for the brooch as it matched the style of the petals and would really complement its colours. Until, of course, I had pieced the brooch together, placed the resin flower cabochon into the centre and hated it. The colours didn’t seem to complement each other as they had done in my mind and it just stood out too much, which detracted from the embroidered felt petals and the pretty colour of the felt.
So, out came the jar of pink buttons. I have a jar (or two) for each colour don’t you know! (You can see them all on the Eliston Button Headquarters page)
Finally after a lot of sifting, finding, placing, nose scrunching and a cup of tea later, I found this simple, two holed ballerina pink button that I loved. Hooray!
So there you go! Number 14 is completed! I am still super excited to see how this challenge pans out and to (hopefully) see a full board of pretty handmade brooches at the end.
What do you think? Did I make the right creative decisions? Did you like the centrepiece change? 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!