Good afternoon Buttoneers! Its ’27 before 27′ time! I honestly wasn’t sure I would get this brooch finished by today but, here we are at brooch number 17 of 27 and I am super excited to show you this one! (Read about his blog challenge here)
For a while now, I have had a monochrome brooch in mind, just black and white with a hint of grey.
Classic, elegant colours that go with every outfit and never go out of style.
I really loved the freedom and fun of cutting the petals for my last few brooches in freehand and not using the first one as a template, so transferred this non-perfectionist idea to this one too (I know…I know…I was shocked too!)
I really love that they look like little monster feet or footprints! I also wanted the larger black petal to be behind a smaller white petal so that the white petal had a subtle edging of the darker colour.
I wanted to keep the colours totally monochromatic so used black, grey and white embroidery thread. Originally I had chosen just black and white but really loved how the grey added a gradient between the two colours…
…And, since my last brooch ‘Poppy’, I have become totally obsessed with sewing little French knot stitches. They are so cute and each one is individual. The fact that they look just like little flower seeds too is a massive bonus!
So, I started to build up an arch of the little French knots in the black embroidery thread, reaching outwards towards the edges of the petals from the centre of the flower. I then switched to the grey embroidery thread and did the same from the black arch reaching outwards.
Finally, I added an arch of white embroidery thread French knots to complete the monochrome gradient out to the white felt at the edges of the petals. By now my fingers were pretty sore and my hand was cramping into a bit of a claw!
So, I took a break for a while and hunted through my button treasures for a simple button that wasn’t going to distract from the intricate little French knots and the lovely colours. I had a few to play around with but this was my favourite. I love the size and the large holes in the centre. It has a really subtle brushed texture to it as well which dulls the surface, but this is what I love about it. It’s not too shiny and distracting but catches your eye.
I sewed the button into the centre, which was a lot harder than I thought it would be as I needed to keep the black French knot stitches as close to the button as possible. This way the gradient fans out in a circle away from the button without a white felt strip between the two. It got a bit fiddly and I may have sworn a little but I got there in the end!
I really love how this brooch turned out. I really did start by just seeing what happened and it turned out a lot more intricate and time consuming than I thought it would. Maybe this is why I love it so much, I know the heart, soul and pricked fingers that went into it!
Woweeee! Look at all of those brooches! I can’t believe I have come as far as I have in this blog challenge. I am so proud of myself and cannot thank you all enough for your support and lovely feedback on here and on social media.
17 down and 10 to go! I really have no idea what I will create next but that’s part of the excitement and drive to keep me going through this challenge (which is the total opposite to the rest of my life where I am super organised! Weird huh!?)
Anyhoo, I will see you all next week – which is a double whammy brooch week! There will be no post on Monday as I am taking a short break over Easter but will be back on your screens/inbox’s/social media accounts on Wednesday (hopefully with another finished brooch!
So what do you think of Monochrome? Which is your favourite brooch so far? more interestingly, what makes it your favourite? 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!