Good Morning Buttoneers!! Woweee! We are at embroidered brooch number 20!! Two Zero!! Crikey! In some respects it feels like I am only really getting started but some days I feel like I have been making these for the challenge since forever! I will round-up at the end of the challenge on 11th June (my birthday – hint hint wink wink) and let you in on all of the Eliston Button Top Secret behind the scenes stuff!
If you are new, grab a cup of tea and read about my ’27 before 27′ blog challenge here.
This week’s brooch was a tricky one. I really felt like I was having a bit of a slow trudge through thick mud to get my creative ideas to flow. I sat down at my computer and looked at the end photo that I add to the end of each ’27 before 27′ post, it rounds up all of the brooches that I have made for the challenge and acts as a fun countdown to track my progress and kick my butt into trying to complete the challenge at the end and in enough time. I sat there for a good ten minutes just staring at it. Then I began to notice things, like colours and stitches over the overall brooch and that’s when I got my inspiration. Blue. The colour blue. I hadn’t used a felt with a shade of blue since the palest of blues in ‘Aquamarine’ or the striking blue of ‘Out of the Blue’. BINGO!
I sprang into action and had an oak leaf style shape idea in my mind so started cutting away like a crazy lady!
I love these little oak leaf shapes with their rounded edges and organic free style. That is until I laid them out in a flower shape to see how the brooch would form together and before me, I saw a snowflake!
Maybe it was the cool blue shades or maybe it was the snowflake shapes that were formed as if by magic in front of me but all I could think of was, when it all came together it looked like a flower frozen in time…just like one of my brooches…
And of course, every pretty little flower brooch needs a beautiful centre piece. This beauty is all the way from France! My family brought it back from their holiday with a selection of French buttons for me (they know a fabulous holiday gift for a Buttoneer when they see one!) and luckily they bought me two of this design because it means I can keep one for myself in my favourite button jar and use one for this brooch!
Isn’t it beautiful!?
I love the gold seed-like shapes around the outside like little treasures and the luxurious black velvet centre that just oozes elegance.
I wanted to choose an embroidery thread that didn’t distract from the centrepiece and that blended well with the two shades of blue felt without adding a clash of colours. I love this mid-tone blue thread that settled nicely in between the two.
I stitched a simple split stitch as though they are veins in the petals or leaves of the brooch and loved the neat, tidy lines this stitch creates…
…and seriously love that when placed together with the paler shade of blue the three shades blended together beautifully.
I can’t believe that I am at the 20 brooch mark out of 27 now! Its crazy pants and I am so excited to see how I (hopefully) complete this challenge!
Which is your favourite brooch so far? Would you love to see a current brooch but in a different colour palette? I would love to hear all about it!
Also, on a quick note, my next post will be my scheduled Friday post as it’s bank holiday on Monday! Yeay! Although it will mainly be filled with packing up our house for the move and sorting through my hoards collections of stuff! Have a great weekend Buttoneers!
Meet me for a chat with a cup of tea in the comments below. I’ll click the kettle on!