Good morning Buttoneers! I am very pleased to share with you embroidered felt brooch No.26 in my ’27 before 27′ blog challenge! 26!! TWENTY SIX!!! Isn’t that just totally crazy pants that we are here, together, one little felt flower brooch away from the completion of this challenge!?
If you are a newbie Buttoneer, welcome! Grab a cup of tea and read up about my ’27 before 27′ blog challenge.
Now, this brooch, my lovelies, is an old design (wait up…wait up! I know what you’re all thinking…but hear me out!) The only reason I mention this is because I made a similar brooch for my one of my best friends 21st birthday and now I feel like I may owe her a more improved brooch, now that I have learnt so much more and ‘finish’ my brooches to a better standard! (The gorgeous girlie may even text me after she reads this and hold me to that!) Back then, I didn’t embroider [Insert minion “Whaaaaaaaat!!??” here] and only played around with felt for fun. It is still a lot of fun for me to play with felt but these days I aim for a higher standard of ‘finish’ to the lovely little flowers now that I am taking it all more seriously (*snigger* ooo that all sounded a bit ‘grown up’ *snigger*)
However, with that said, it is still one of my favourite deigns that has stuck with me in my crafty imagination…
…mainly because of its rather regal centrepiece that oozes the elegance and sophistication of high tea with queen, and its rich, almost velvety deep purple felt.
See what I mean!? It is an antique brass coloured metal filigree centrepiece and I love it. Especially when teamed with a vintage style white flower button what is so pretty I had a job parting with it for this brooch!
I didn’t want the brooch to be too busy with that grand centrepiece so kept my embroidery simple. I created these little back-stitched arrows shooting off the tips of the petals to draw your eye outwards to the colour and richness of the flower brooch.
I stitched a lot more petals than normal so that I could really fill the ‘circle’ and create a sense of fullness to the flowers petals.
I then came to the tricky task of how to attach the antique brass coloured metal filigree centrepiece to the brooch. I played around and finally came up with sewing it to the centre as if it were a button. I marked out two ‘button holes’ in the centre and pierced them through with an old needle and a hammer! Who would have thought I would be dabbling in a bit of metalwork after those horrible compulsory school lessons!? hehe!
I then sewed the button to the top through the metal filigree centrepiece and through the felt petals to hold it all together in one piece. I love how this brooch turned out!
I love how rich and majestic it feels. I love the deep purple, soft felt against the colder, contrasting antique brass metal. I love the crisp white of the pretty little floral button on the top like the cherry on a cake.
Yikes!! Only one more to go!! ahhhh! I can’t believe how far I have come throughout this process and how many different embroidered felt brooches I have created in a relatively short amount of time. I have so much to tell you all about this challenge and all of the highs and lows it has brought. I will share them all with you in a final challenge blog post after the final brooch has (hopefully) been made and shared on here next week. I am so excited!
Thank you, as always for your feedback and support! It has kept me going through the challenge! Which is your favourite brooch so far? Any guesses to what colour the final brooch may be!? 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!