Good Morning Buttoneers and a very Happy Valentine’s Day to you all! Today’s the day of the 5th felt brooch in my ’27 before 27′ blog challenge (you can read about the challenge here and catch up with previous entries by choosing ’27 before 27′ in the categories section)
When I was planning out these brooches across the months into June in my blog planner, I was super excited to see that one landed right here, smack bang in the middle of Valentine’s Day!
This is the brooch that kept me up at night with the silent planning in my head and my imagination running wild.
I knew I had to start off with a heart shape…which wasn’t a problem if you have been following the blog this week and seen my ‘I Give You My Heart’ (Garland) you will know it is pretty much all I have been consumed with this week!
I wanted them to be different to the garlands hearts and a little more ‘petal’ like. I really liked the smaller white hearts in the centre and had a play.
I found an embroidery stitch called Pekinese Stitch that I liked the look of and fancied the challenge of learning a more complex stitch. I got into a bit of a mess quite a few times, especially when I didn’t concentrate on which loop of the running stitch the needle had to go down and which one it skipped to create the chain-like look of the stitch. After a good amount of frustration I feel like I mastered it and nervously tried it out on the heart shaped petals I had cut out. I really love this stitch! I had a real sense of accomplishment when I (finally) mastered it but also because the red and white combination went really well with each other in the reverse.
I was totally falling in love (pun intended) with this brooch as it came into a flower before my eyes. I thought it looked so pretty and imagined the stitches as the delicate edges of the petals. Then I played around with different centres of the flower and settled on this big red button that really catches your eye and adds a bit of bold simplicity to the more intricate petals.
I love how this flower brooch looks top down but as I was photographing it I learnt that if you held the brooch on your palm, you can gently mould the petals upwards a little in to a bowl shape and this is a great way of wearing it too. It’s like two looks in one – aren’t I good to you!?
Then I sewed on the back felt circle and the brooch back fastening and was a little sad this one had finished. I thoroughly enjoyed learning a new stitch and figuring it out, getting totally immersed in that little needle looping in and out of the running stitch to create this frilly lace looking edge to each petal.
So here we are. Number 5 out of 27. I am so happy you are following me on this challenging adventure. I am still excited about this project. Next week is a double brooch week (some weeks will fall like this to fit 27 brooches in before the 11th June) so tune in on Tuesday and Friday for ’27 Before 27′ Blog Challenge posts, but do not fear! Mondays post and ‘Workspace Wednesday’ will still appear too (told you I was good to you!)
What are your thoughts on this Valentine’s Day inspired brooch? What are you favourite embroidery stitches? I am eager to learn more!
Meet me for a chat with a cup of tea in the comments below. I’ll click the kettle on!