Number 12 is upon us Buttoneers! Can you believe it!?
This week I am winging an orange citrusy zest your way with ‘Tangerine’
Tangerine is the latest felt embroidered brooch in my ’27 before 27′ blog challenge. You can read about this challenge here if you have no idea (shame on you) what I am talking about.
Spring had arrived, albeit a few days of sunshine before the cloud returned and I found this bright happy coloured orange felt (that to be honest reminded me of a certain young teenage 90’s fashion
disaster breakthrough that I may have had – I was obviously fashionably ‘out there’ – *ahem* *cough cough*)
I then decided to go against my usual grain of cutting out each petal exactly the same as the last and threw caution to the wind and free-styled it a bit – how adventurous was I!?
I made three different sized petal shapes and originally was going for a rose shaped idea with the smaller ones in the centre moving out to larger ones on the outer circle like with my ‘Roses are Red’ brooch. But, as I tried imagining the embroidery I decided that I wanted something a bit different and played around with layering the petals to form a bit of depth and texture to the petals.
So…Again, unusually for me (I was obviously having a bit of a hippy-free-spirit kind of week) I grabbed an embroidery thread and stuck the needle into the felt hoping that the creative fairies would help me out, throw me a lifeline and think up a creative idea without too much over thinking.
I love the contrast between the crisp white and the zesty orange and wanted this to be the focal point of the flower brooch. This made me keep the stitch simple and clean lined without too many distracting complicated lines. I am really happy with its outcome and really love the texture that sewing over the three layers together formed (even though my fingers hate me from trying to force the needle through the thick felt)
I toyed with the idea of only having four petals to make it a bit different. Either that or my fingers were screaming at me to not dare to start sewing another one. I persevered and I am so glad I did. The five petals together look a lot more ‘finished’ and eye-catching. I love the frilly look of the lines that circle around the adjoining layers too.
Just like the stitches, I wanted the centrepiece to be simple and not too different of intricate so that the crisp lines and colours stood out. I found this great symmetrical white button (the best kind of button if you ask me!) and sewed it together with a bright Tangerine coloured embroidery thread…
…and sewed it together with a bright Tangerine coloured embroidery thread to carry across that real pop of colour.
I really love how this brooch came together really quite organically, in its own time but smoothly with ideas running together and all getting along tremendously towards the end. I love the colour and the texture and the chunky-ness of the layers in the brooch.
Well, 12 down and 15 to go! I am still excited to see where this challenge goes and even more excited that I am almost half way through already! Wow!
This brooch was all about the colours for me, which is your favourite part? What colours would you love to see in one of my brooches? 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!