Good morning Buttoneers! Here we are at number three in my ’27 before 27′ blog challenge (you can see the explanation of this challenge here) In some respects I think
“Wow number three already! Where do the weeks go?” and on the other hand I think “yikes! Only three!? That’s twenty-four more to go!”
But I am still very much enjoying this challenge. I enjoy finding inspiration around me each day to pour into each brooch. I enjoy finding that perfect little button that sparks a whole brooch design right there in my head. I really enjoy playing with colour and creating my own little colour palettes. With Valentines day around the corner I thought I would go for a traditional rose. It’s petals are a totally different shape to the previous Daisy brooch and the Slate and Seafoam brooch. I liked its rounded edges and chunkier width.
I played around with how to embroider the petals on this one as I like to add a smidge more ‘handmade’ to my work and I think it adds a real personal touch. Each of the petals stitches are hand sewn by me and therefore individual, each little stitch varies and that’s what I like about this brooch in particular – Its not perfect, just like the petals of a real rose, each is unique, but together form a beautiful flower.
After the embroidery process, I laid each petal out around the centre curl in their size order to play around with how they would fit together when sewn. I loved the way they looked and had visions of just sticking them to a canvas and hanging them as wall art in my house instead of creating a brooch. I managed to keep on track but kept the idea for a possible future project. What do you think?
This brooch is very different from the other brooches, its little felt embroidered petals are tightly packed and the colours are bright. I chose to use embroidery thread the same colour as the petals felt so that it was subtle and just added the texture I was looking for. Although when I reached this stage I felt like something was missing and I couldn’t put my finger on it for the rest of the day. When I settled down in the studio the following morning, with the sun shining through the window next to my desk, it came to me.
I imagined the beautiful roses in my mum’s garden and pictured them clearly.
Leaves! That’s what was missing and I really liked the idea of having the flower’s leaves on the brooch, which is new to my flower brooch making adventure too.
I used a simple back stitch for a leaf vein look on the leaves and placed them under the brooch to size up and figure out the best positioning for them.
So, three down, twenty four to go! What do you think of ‘Roses are Red’? Do you have a favourite flower you would like seen made into one of my brooches?
Meet me for a chat with a cup of tea in the comments below. I’ll click the kettle on!