Good morning Buttoneers! It feels ever so strange to have not posted since last Friday because of the bank holiday! Blimey! But here I am, coffee in hand, to show you the latest brooch in my ’27 before 27′ blog challenge. Click the link to read about the 27 before 27 blog challenge if you are a newbie Buttoneer.
We are fast approaching the end of the challenge with this one as it is number 21! Ahhh, to be 21 again! haha! Actually, maybe not, I was in a crumby job as a funeral arranger and I hated it, and had to work on my birthday – what’s all that about!? One of the directors at the company sang happy birthday to me down the phone and I saw the next twenty years at the company flash before me and I wanted to cry! Hooray for Eliston Button eh!? phew!
Anyhoo, I digressed…here we are…Pink Hearts….
I had a rough idea for this brooch at the get go which was a comfort at this stage as I am normally having a little panic. I knew I wanted hot pink because, to be honest, it is a total travesty that I haven’t used hot pink by now, and I also knew I wanted it to really pop with colour and loved the way navy blue really complimented hot pink. I always love the way the brand Joules uses these colours together like here, here and here.
I also knew I wanted to go back to my favourite petal shape throughout this challenge…the heart shape. I used this in Hello Lover and in Lucky and loved the outcome and wanted to experiment with different sizes of the shape too.
I chose the centrepiece almost immediately after I had decided now was the time to use the hot pink felt. I bought the last handful of these buttons from my local fabric shop years ago and love them so much.
I think they look so elegant with the navy blue and the thin gold line between the two beautiful textures. It reminds me of a 1950’s ladies summer hat at Ascot!
I just don’t seem to be able to create a heart shaped petal without using the Pekinese Stitch. I love this stitch, I love how it looks like lace around the edge of the petal and how it makes the petals look so whimsical and delicate. ..
…especially on the cute tiny pink hearts! Talk about fiddly!
I love them all in a pile and laid out in a group, I really felt an accomplishment when I had finished sewing them all individually. It took a long time but the outcome was super pretty!
Then I placed them all together to get a rough idea whether this brooch idea would work – this moment is always the moment of truth! I really loved the layers of pink heart shaped petals getting bigger and bigger as they grew out from the centre of the brooch.
Et Voilà! The centre piece totally finishes off the brooch and brings the gorgeous contrasts in colour together in the middle with a touch of elegance. I love how the Pekinese stitch around the edge of the pink hearts allows them to naturally slightly curl upwards. This makes the flower look very organic, as if it has grown from the centre and curls around itself.
I don’t normally write about the back of the brooch but this one looks so pretty in its own right that I just wanted to give it a quick mention. I love the way that the back of the stitches look like tiny little polka dots around the edge of the petals and that the petals almost look padded.
I know I have said this a few times now but I think this brooch may be one of my favourites. I love the bright and cheerful pop of colour and the rich colours contrasting yet complimenting each other…and of course my favourite embroidery stitch! But, I guess I am a little biased as I designed and hand made it after all!
I would love to hear what you favourite brooch is so far! Which is your favourite embroidery stitch that I have used over the collection? 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!