27 Before 27 – Leafy Greens

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Good morning Buttoneers! Hope you had a lovely Easter break. I am back after having a blogging break for the bank holiday and it’s lovely to come back and see that the world didn’t explode and my blog is still in one piece and didn’t fall off the face of the internet! It’s the first break I have taken since starting the blog and even though it was only one day, I was a little nervous. So glad it worked out well and no one disappeared/got lost/went away etc – all good practise for when I move in June and will take a blogging break – Don’t panic! I will let you all know when and for how long nearer the time! 

Anyway, I am at embroidered felt brooch number 19!! Can you believe it!? (If you are a newbie Buttoneer you catch up here – ’27 before 27′ blog challenge)

I had a good look at my final photo for each post (the one that shows all of the brooches so far in this challenge) and realised that I only had one green brooch and immediately thought of leaves.

How fun, I thought, would it be to have a flower brooch made entirely out of leaves…and how pretty would the embroidered leaf veins look fanning outwards from a beautiful centrepiece….

Shades of Green Felt Squares - 27 Before 27 - Leafy Greens at www.elistonbutton.com - Eliston Button - That Crafty Kid – Art, Design, Craft & Adventure.

I chose two different shades of green felt and cut out two different sizes of leaf to start the creative process and so that I could imagine the embroidery clearer with a shape in mind. 

Green Felt Leaf Shapes - 27 Before 27 - Leafy Greens at www.elistonbutton.com - Eliston Button - That Crafty Kid – Art, Design, Craft & Adventure.

I liked the idea, as with ‘Monochrome’, of having a darker ‘edge’ to the inner, lighter shaded leaf to set it off well and to imply more depth in the leaves rather than something a bit two dimensional. 

Dark Green Felt Leaf Shapes - 27 Before 27 - Leafy Greens at www.elistonbutton.com - Eliston Button - That Crafty Kid – Art, Design, Craft & Adventure.

Shades of Green Felt Leaf Shapes Pinched for Dimension - 27 Before 27 - Leafy Greens at www.elistonbutton.com - Eliston Button - That Crafty Kid – Art, Design, Craft & Adventure.

Shades of Green Felt Leaf Shapes - 27 Before 27 - Leafy Greens at www.elistonbutton.com - Eliston Button - That Crafty Kid – Art, Design, Craft & Adventure.

I originally imagined a light green embroidery thread but when I came across this green variegated embroidery thread, I knew it would be perfect and a lot more realistic. I love the different shades of green all together in one thread. 

Variegated Green Embroidery Thread - 27 Before 27 - Leafy Greens at www.elistonbutton.com - Eliston Button - That Crafty Kid – Art, Design, Craft & Adventure.

Shades of Green Felt Leaf Shapes Embroidered Detail - 27 Before 27 - Leafy Greens at www.elistonbutton.com - Eliston Button - That Crafty Kid – Art, Design, Craft & Adventure.

I wasn’t wrong either, I love the outcome a lot. Green has never been one of my favourite colours but I really am warming to it after my ‘Lucky’ brooch and now a lot more after this one!

Shades of Green Felt Leaf Shapes Embroidered Detail Close Up - 27 Before 27 - Leafy Greens at www.elistonbutton.com - Eliston Button - That Crafty Kid – Art, Design, Craft & Adventure.

I am so glad I found the variegated thread. The different green shades flow seamlessly through the leaves and really add to its design. 

Embroidered Green Felt Leaves - 27 Before 27 - Leafy Greens at www.elistonbutton.com - Eliston Button - That Crafty Kid – Art, Design, Craft & Adventure.

I knew exactly which of my buttons to hunt down for this brooch. I remember when I bought saved it from my local fabric shop. I love the fact it looks like it has been hand carved from the very branches these leaves came from…

Patterned Brown Wooden Button - 27 Before 27 - Leafy Greens at www.elistonbutton.com - Eliston Button - That Crafty Kid – Art, Design, Craft & Adventure.

…and how it seems to go perfectly together as a brooch with the felty goodness of the leafy green petals. 

Leafy Greens Embroidered Felt Flower and Leaf Brooch - Centrepiece Detail - 27 Before 27 - Leafy Greens at www.elistonbutton.com - Eliston Button - That Crafty Kid – Art, Design, Craft & Adventure.

I also deliberately used a green thread to sew the centre button to the brooch so it came together with the leaves rather than a brown thread that would have blended in too much. 

Leafy Greens Embroidered Felt Flower and Leaf Brooch - Button Close Up - 27 Before 27 - Leafy Greens at www.elistonbutton.com - Eliston Button - That Crafty Kid – Art, Design, Craft & Adventure.

Leafy Greens Embroidered Felt Flower and Leaf Brooch - 27 Before 27 - Leafy Greens at www.elistonbutton.com - Eliston Button - That Crafty Kid – Art, Design, Craft & Adventure.

Leafy Greens Embroidered Felt Flower and Leaf Brooch - Back Detail - 27 Before 27 - Leafy Greens at www.elistonbutton.com - Eliston Button - That Crafty Kid – Art, Design, Craft & Adventure.

Embroidered Felt Flower Brooch No.18 of 27 - 27 Before 27 - Leafy Greens at www.elistonbutton.com - Eliston Button - That Crafty Kid – Art, Design, Craft & Adventure.

Woweee! 18 down and only 9 to go! I am still super excited about this challenge and eager to push on with the next design for Friday as this week is a double whammy brooch week so that I give myself a chance of completing this challenge before my 27th birthday in June. 

What do you think? Which brooch has been your favourite so far? Any requests for colours or flower designs for future brooches? I would love to her 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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  1. April 24, 2014 / 7:33 am

    Oooo! The all-leafy brooch turned out beautifully! I love the stitch you used to create the veins; combine it with that variegated thread (yay for fancy words), and it’s a match made in heaven. You can totally accomplish your goal, Rachel: the finish line is nearly here! (Also, you know my opinions on bloggy breaks: they are SO good and I’m so proud of you for taking one. Hope you can take another one soon! Refuel the creative tank.) 😉

    • April 24, 2014 / 10:20 am

      Oh Lauren! You are so sweet to me! Thank you so much for your support too, it means so much 🙂 I only took a few days break but it was lovely to refuel a bit, I thought of you when I wrote about taking a break encouraging me! Hehe! Thanks for stopping by lovely!

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