Hello there Buttoneers! Just dropping in to share with you brooch number 22 in my ’27 before 27′ blog challenge! I am amazed that I have got to number 22 already and it seems to have flown by since the original post back in January. If you are a newbie Buttoneer catch up on the ’27 before 27′ blog challenge here.
As seems to be the case these days I chose the colour of my brooch first. For a while now I have wanted to make a brooch with a different coloured underside to the petals than the colour on the top or inside of the petals.
The idea had floated around in my creative imagination for a while until I found this gorgeous fresh peppermint coloured felt and just knew it would look great against a brilliant bright white.
I then lined up about five different possible button/felt combinations and finally managed to narrow it down to this beauty. I bought it right near the start of the blog challenge, probably about the same time I bought the gorgeous Aztec looking button of Slate and Seafoam. I added it to the jar, admiring its unusual pattern but unsure how I would use it (this happens a lot, I have to ‘save’ all of the pretty buttons)
I love how it will pick up the Peppermint colour of the felt in the outer pattern and the silver will make it look super snazzy!
I used an old favourite, the blanket stitch around the outside of the two pieces of coloured felt that I had cut into the petal shapes. This holds them together so they stay together when I curl the petal inwards at the base. I really like that it allows the white inside of the petal to almost bleed into the peppermint to come together.
I also love that this shot makes them look a bit like little felty tacos!
I am so in love with the shapes that the peppermint parts of the petal form in the centre as if it is a flower all on its own before your eye is drawn to the tips of the white petals.
The petals almost appear cushioned with the two coloured felts blanket stitched together, almost like a succulent plant with thicker, waxy petals.
The beauty of the blanket stitch is that it creates a really pretty pattern around the underside of the brooch. This looks so ‘finished’ with the running stitch around the outside of the brooch back pad and they complement each other nicely.
I can’t believe how close to the end we are, although when I start a new brooch it sometimes feels like a million miles away! I am still super excited to see what happens near the end and have already started mapping out the colours of the final five embroidered felt brooches in the challenge.
Which has been your favourite flower brooch so far? Which colours do you hope to see in the final five? 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!