Good morning Buttoneers! It’s a bit wet and grey in Buttonville today but that is about to change with my eighth brooch in my ’27 before 27′ blog challenge (you can read about my challenge here)
I have been so excited to show you this brooch since I finished it yesterday (could you tell on Instagram?) and gave you all more sneaky peeks than usual because I love it!
It is something a bit warmer to add some warm snuggles in front of a log fire to your day…
I actually started with my felt and embroidery thread first this time, which is different as I usually begin by being inspired by the button centrepiece.
I loved the rich blackcurrant coloured embroidery thread and the warm cinnamon coloured felt together, it felt sumptuous and cosy – it helped it was a particularly cold walk to the fabric shop!
I wanted to let the colours to do the talking rather than a complicated stitch to distract from what attracted me to them in the first place. I stitched a simple back stitch around the edge and repeated it in an arc underneath. The backstitch gave a block of gorgeous colour compared to a running stitch that is more fragmented.
I then played around with curling them around to form a more three dimensional petal shape and loved the backstitch flowing from petal to petal. I ‘lined’ the petal to hide the under stitching and stitched it together at the base…until I turned it over and found that I loved the underside even more than the simple flowing backstitched side…
I loved the ‘accidental’ beauty and intricacy of the folded felt layers and the subtle hints of blackcurrant down the sides. It reminds me a bit of a blackcurrant Danish pastry!
When the petals were finished it felt very strange to not have a centrepiece that I was working around. I dug around into my jar of buttons and findings (you can see these here) and found this beautiful purple and brass coloured piece that I had forgotten all about and it was perfecto! (If I dare say so myself!)
When I attached all of the pieces together I felt it all fall into place. The centrepiece really drew in the blackcurrant colours and the brass coloured beautiful designs around the gem stone added to the richness of the purple and cinnamon tones.
Eight down and nineteen to go! I am still very excited about this project and really hope I can make it to the end still feeling inspired and like I am having a lot of fun!
What do you think of ‘Cinnamon and Blackcurrant’? Which is your favourite part of it? 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!