Hello there lovely Buttoneers! I am popping in today to share the next instalment of my Create 30 blog challenge. I am so excited to share these with you as a lot of work and trial and error has gone into designing and making these little beauties and I am super chuffed and proud of how they turned out. Create 30 – No. 5, 6, & 7 – Embroidered Felt Lapel Pins!
Way back when I was designing and making my embroidered felt flower brooches for my ’27 before 27′ blog challenge, I had the idea to make smaller versions based around a button or pretty centrepiece.
This idea has swam around in my creative imagination for a few years now and has picked up other snippets of inspiration and little doses of creative goodness along the way…
I began the process of these little lapel pins with a button and followed the creative journey to the finished product that I am sharing with you today.
Over the last month or so these designs have grown and developed and my fingers have become sore from the stitching and unpicking and re-stitching through the crafty adventure. I have thrown out more ideas and trials than I would like to recall, sworn way more than that at my mistakes and binge watched The Vampire Diaries when things haven’t worked out (Damn those Salvatore brothers! 😉 Ack!) All in all, I think these, so far are one of my favourites in my Create 30 blog challenge (I know…I know…I am only at 7!? Yikes!) Partly due to the roller coaster of love/hate makers emotions but mainly because they give a little nod to one of my most favourite design eras – Art Deco.
I am in love with the roaring 1920′ and 1930’s sleek lines and geometric patterns, the gorgeous and glamorous golds, inky blues and rich pinks, the grace and the elegance; not forgetting the overall string-of-pearls-around-your-neck beauty of it all…
I will forever be inspired by these things and wanted to channel this into the handmade goodness. I am so excited to share with you…Create 30 – No. 5, 6, & 7 – Embroidered Felt Lapel Pins…
First up is my navy blue and gold pack of pins. The deep rich navy blue compliments to elegant gold embroidery thread in these Art Deco inspired embroidered felt lapel pins. Hand embroidered with sharp, geometric or curved lines giving a little nod towards the beautiful and glamorous designs of the 1920’s and 1930’s.
Quality navy blue felt is the base of a sparkly gold threaded pattern that blooms around the detailed button centre piece. A woven effect textured and tactile outer navy blue ring is adorned with a thin ridged metal gold coloured circle before showing off its multifaceted blue centre that allows the light to dance off its surface and is sure to catch your eye.
This pack of two lapel pins includes one flower shaped curved edge pin which measures at approx. 7.5cm at its widest, in diameter. The second geometric petal design measures at approx. 7cm at its widest, in diameter.
Elegance oozes from the design and patterns and they add a touch of glamour to any outfit, for day or night. Maybe jazz up a coat lapel or add rich colour to a handbag or purse, these embroidered felt lapel pins will dazzle!
Next up is my raspberry pink and white set of embroidered felt lapel pins. These striking and richly vibrant embroidered lapel pins are another gorgeous little nod to the Art Deco filled 1920’s and 1930’s. With their geometric shapes, straight lines and delicate patterning, they are sure to make a small but bold statement and catch your eye from afar when jazzing up an outfit.
The gorgeous raspberry pink felt oozes with richness which contrasts beautifully with the sharp, crisp white embroidery thread and chunky round button centrepiece, whilst the intricate design of the hand sewn embroidery oozes the elegance and grace of the Art Deco era.
The small, more rectangular shaped pin measures approx. 6.5cm in length and approx. 4.3cm in height. Similar to the sun rays of the previous lapel pin, the straight line stitches reach to the outer edges of the piece and join together, wider at the tips. The embroidery then arches round to meet the top and bottom of the pin in shorter lines, creating thinner and more frequent geometric shapes to build up a striking pattern. This pin is extremely versatile and can be worn either long and tall or shorter and wider, depending o your garment or preference, creating a new look each way it is worn.
The larger, rounder of the two pins measures at approx. 6.5cm diameter at its widest point and has been delicately hand cut around the edges of the embroidered pattern of the brooch pin. Around the centrepiece bold white button, straight lines protrude out and join together to a wider point at the top, spanning out like sun rays and then joining quarterly for a little triangle stitch detail. This pin is symmetrical each way it is worn which is pleasing to the eye and easy to accessorise with – Just pin it on and the brooch will do the rest!
Each brooch will brighten up any lacking lapel, hold together a pretty pashmina, decorate a beautiful bag or even be framed for a piece of wonderful wall art! The possibilities are endless.
Last but not least is my set of blue and teal embroidered felt lapel pins. Intricate teal embroidery stitches have been hand sewn on to brilliant blue felt to create a striking and beautiful set of 2 pins.
Both pins are brought together with an eye catching, multifaceted button centrepiece that oozes an Art Deco inspired era of time gone by and allows the light to dance across its surface and shine upon the beautiful embroidered patterns. Just like the other lapel pin sets, they are inspired by the 1920’s and 1930’s elegance and beautifully designed geometric patterns and curved edges, these pins are sure to add a pop of colour and vibrancy to your day.
The rich teal embroidery thread was carefully and thoughtfully chosen to compliment the brilliant blue felt, to join together in harmony with each other and bring out the best of each other’s shades. Together the colours create a subtle design that quietly draws attention to its graceful embroidery patterns.
The pin below is a beautifully unusual but still symmetrical shape made up of right angled edges that follow the lines of the hand sewn embroidery. Stating from the deep blue, multifaceted smaller button, straight lines protrude outwards and finish with a decorative, soft French knot stitch in between more angular petal-like diamond shapes in each quarter. A versatile lapel pin that can be worn as a more square shape or turned to create a diamond shaped pin for a different look. This pin measures at approx. 5cm across.
The other pin is circular in shape and has been hand embroidered around the round central larger button in triangle shapes that flow outwards in and between each layer to create a flower appearance, before being delicately hand cut in to the finished piece. The circular embroidered felt lapel pin is approx. 5.2cm in diameter.
All of my embroidered felt lapel pins are created using a silver coloured pin and a butterfly clutch safety backing (sometimes known as a military clutch) to ensure that they stay safe and sound wherever you pin them.
The lapel pins are packaged onto a stiff mount board and wrapped in pretty tissue paper, tied in a bow with ribbon and fluttered with fun confetti before placing carefully into padded postage envelopes, to give you peace of mind as it flies its way to you. This also makes my handmade items perfect for gifts as they are ready wrapped and full of love, whether for you or someone else!
So there you go and now you know! Just 7 down and 23 to go! Yikes! It seems extremely daunting but, so far I am really enjoying the process (if a overwhelmed at times and feel the need for a nap!) Which set of pins are your favourite? Do you have an outfit that comes to mind for each of the pins? Maybe you would wear them on a scarf or pinned to an evening clutch bag? I would love to hear all about it!
As I mentioned in my Create 30 – Let’s Do This! Blog post, I will be listing each Create 30 make into my shop for purchase as I go along. You can now find this little dose of creativity in the Eliston Button Etsy Shop amongst the handmade goodness – I would love for you to grab a cup of tea and explore!
Until next time, meet me for a chat with a cup of tea in the comments below. I’ll click the kettle on!
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