Hello there lovely Buttoneers! Hope you had a lovely break over the bank holiday (or the weekend if you didn’t get an extra day!) To be honest, it didn’t really feel like a holiday to me as we are still boxing up the house and studio for the big move! However, I am still embroidering these felt brooches as I am determined to complete this ’27 before 27′ blog challenge, especially now that the end is so near that I can almost taste it!
If you are a newbie Buttoneer you should pop over and read all about my ’27 before 27′ blog challenge.
Today’s brooch I have for you ‘Sage & Onion’. I found these lovely shades of felty goodness while
browsing trying not to buy the whole shop/figuring out how I could actually live there in Hobbycraft a few weeks ago.
I loved how they made me think of herby sage hues and layered onion tones. The pastel colours looked so dreamy when lay together that I just knew they would make a lovely soft pairing.
I wanted the petals to have a really organic feel to them to keep with the ‘Sage & Onion’ theme, much like I did with ‘Tangerine’ and ‘Monochrome’, so I cut them free-hand and made them all individual and unique.
When choosing an embroidery thread, I didn’t want anything to stand out too much and searched for a colour that would be in-keeping with the brooches name and colours. In the end I chose an onion skin brown to really compliment the creamy beige felt and not over power the sage. I also hunted down these two buttons as ideas for a centrepiece that would really go with the embroidery thread and bring the brooch together.
I chose to stitch a threaded back stitch around the creamy beige felt and through to the sage felt to hold the two coloured petals together. I love the threaded part intertwining in and out between the back stitch, softening the lines and keeping that organic motion across the petals.
Even though the embroidery for this brooch was a repetitive one, it was really quite therapeutic and I sat happily running the stitch around the petals. When I came to piece them all together though, I found that I had sewn far too many petals! I imagined the brooch to have a lot more petals but because of the two petals together, the thickness really bulked out the flower. I chose to piece them together in a sort of cabbage formation and I am so glad I did.
I am so in love with the natural form this brooch took and how plant-like it seems to be, as if it grew right here on my desk like a succulent.
I added the button centrepiece to the middle and it all really came together. I chose the Beige coloured chunky button as I loved that it blended well with the felt and merged it all towards the centre.
The bonus part of getting a bit stitch-happy and sewing far too many petals was that I had enough for a second, smaller brooch, which also meant that I got to keep the second button centrepiece!
I don’t think I can choose which one I like the best! I chose the first one for the ’27 before 27′ final countdown image as it was the largest and was the one I made first! I really do love the organic look of this embroidered felt brooch.
Which is your favourite out of the two? I really can’t decide! Can you believe that there are only two more brooches to go!! Its seriously crazy pants! Which is your favourite so far? 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!