Good afternoon Buttoneers! Just popping in with a quick ’27 before 27′ blog challenge post to share with you all brooch Number 19!! (If you have no idea what I am talking about you can read about the ’27 before 27′ blog challenge here)
It’s been a bit of a crazy pants week with the bank holiday making it a short week, so I have had to catch up a little quicker with things and I am looking forward to grabbing a cup of tea tonight and lying on the sofa, letting the telly wash over me in a relaxed bliss. Taking a short blogging break because of the bank holiday on a double whammy brooch week was just bad planning!
Anyhoo, Without further ado….
I found this embroidery thread in my local fabric shop and loved the rich, warm burgundy colour. I love that…
…You can imagine yourself sat drinking a glass of vintage Merlot overlooking the vineyards of Bordeaux without a care in the world other than how well you would like ‘le steak’ cooked…
…or maybe that’s just me.
One of my favourite stitches was one I learned for my Raspberry and Chocolate brooch waayyyyy back at brooch number 4. The wheat ear stitch was a little more complex than I had shown before and It had stuck with me. So, I played around and found that if I widened the stitch from its previous use and took it across the wider petal, the stitch was beautifully ‘shown off’ especially against the creamy felt.
I also managed to find a perfectly matching button for the centrepiece that picked up on the Merlot shades and would draw the colour into the middle of the cream felt petals, adding to its richness and pop of colour.
When I placed the petals around the centrepiece button I felt like something was missing, like it all looked a little bit thin and flimsy. I simply cut a slightly larger petal out of the cream felt using each individual petal as a guideline. This way each of the larger petals uniquely followed the curves and hugged behind the existing embroidered petals.
I loved this a lot more and felt like it really brought the petals together and gave them a little more depth to look more substantial.
I deliberately chose to use a cream coloured thread to stitch on the button centrepiece. This way it allowed the button to stand out rather than merge with the thread as one large mass of the burgundy colour. I love this as it really sets it off and makes the brooch look more complete.
I really love the contrast between the cream and the burgundy ‘Merlot’ embroidery thread. The rich tones of the thread seem to allow the creamy warmth stand out just as much as the cream felt allows the thread to pop with a shot of colour.
Did you imagine yourself sipping a glass of Merlot? Or just simply wearing the brooch and letting it speak for itself with its bold colour and stitch statement?
I can’t believe I am at brooch No.19 now! Just 8 to go! Blimey! Gee Whiz! I am still super excited to see what is coming up!
Have you chosen a favourite yet? 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!