Hello there Buttoneers! As I explained in my last ’27 before 27′ blog challenge post (here) I mentioned that this week would be one of the five weeks that I make two brooches. I have evenly spread these ‘double weeks’ throughout the months until the end of the challenge to ensure I give myself enough time to have a fair chance at completing the challenge. If you have no idea what I am talking about (shame on you!) than you can read about the challenge here.
The first brooch of the week is complete, hooray! [Insert glitter explosions and party poppers here]
I found the pressure of having two to make this week almost too much if I am honest. I found that the panic and time scale was a bit overwhelming, but I guess this is something I am learning along the way with a little nod from my old friend ‘time management’. So, I went back to basics and found a pretty little button that I loved and found a piece of felt that went well with the button. I really love the vibrant blue and the brushed steel effect twists of the button contrasting against each other and knew I wanted a similar embroidery thread contrast. When I found the silver-grey embroidery thread I knew I was in business.
I cut out shapes in the felt and the creative juices flowed into my imagination…Welcome to brooch six…
I really like the simple long stitches from the centre of the petal reaching out for the edges.
I didn’t like them just on their own though and knew they needed a larger back petal with similar stitching. I started the stitches from the top of the petal so they can be seen when the smaller petals are sewn in place.
On their own I wasn’t thrilled, the looked a bit strange and uninspiring…
…But together I loved them! They reminded me of Art Deco pieces and instantly wished I had chosen monochromatic colours for an Art Deco inspired piece! However, I was really pleased with the outcome and was eager to try out the button to see if it matched well.
I am amazed at how much I love this brooch, considering the initial struggle to get it going. Maybe it’s the simplicity of the stitches or maybe it’s the colours contrasting cool and warm blue hues that just make me feel calmer about it.
Maybe it’s because the back fastening and under stitches are just as pretty as the front.
Six down, twenty-one to go! I am still super excited about this challenge, even in times of frustration. I am learning so much and I really hope that it continues this way.
What do you think? Which has been your favourite felt flower brooch so far? I would love to hear from you!
Meet me for a chat with a cup of tea in the comments below. I’ll click the kettle on!