“Oranges and Lemons say the bells of St. Clement’s…”
This old English nursery rhyme has been playing on repeat in my head for about a week every time I think of this brooch. It started when I sat down with a hot cup of tea and pondered over what the next few brooches in my ’27 before 27′ challenge should look like, what colours they might be and what sort of centrepiece I would use.
If you are a newbie Buttoneer you can read about the ’27 before 27′ blog challenge here.
I decided that the brooches that stood out the most were my yellow ones like ‘Hello Sunshine’ or ‘Spring’ or my orange ones like ‘Tangerine’. The last time I used one of these sunny and cheerful colours was at least ten brooches ago! (To be honest it seems totally crazy pants to me that ten brooches even exist!) So I scribbled down the words ‘Oranges and Lemons’ just as a reminder. However, When I looked at these colours and wondered how to combine them…
…It all just sort of fell into place!
I love the citrusy zest of colour so much! I can almost smell the sweet orange and the zingy lemon scents when I see them!
After cutting out the Orange and Lemon shapes in the evening, and then re-looking at them in natural daylight I realised that they were very bright colours! I loved this but wanted to tone down the orange slightly. I chose a golden yellowy orange embroidery thread to do this.
I love the texture of an orange and really wanted to try and capture this around the orange felt pieces. I used a simple running stitch to run twice around the outside of the orange felt, allowing the stitches on the inner circuit to be slightly ahead of the outer ones as not to line them up too much.
When they were all stitched up I was so chuffed that my texture idea had come through for me! I love that you can only see the side bits around the lemon shapes in the middle and that the embroidery thread colour really picks up the yellow felt.
The centre piece was a tricky one. I really love this retro chunky orange button (so much so that I almost didn’t use it so I could keep it for myself!) But it was slightly too small in diameter to cover the tied up embroidery ends of the petals and sort of got a bit lost in the bright colours and eye-catching stitches. I cut a small circle of orange felt about a centimetre around the button and sewed the button in place using the same golden yellow embroidery thread. I then back stitched petal shapes around the outside of the button creating a mini flower with a giant centrepiece!
I then carefully trimmed off the negative space around the outside and loved the result! So much so that it has sparked a million and one ideas for future projects! Yeay!
I stitched it into the centre of the brooch and voila! It all came together in the end and I love love love it! I wish I could wear it today to keep the sunshine smiling all day! I think I may struggle to sell some of these brooches instead of keeping them you know!
The back of the brooch looks so pretty too with the orange texture stitches around the underside and those cute little lemons poking their heads out in a pop of colour!
Well, this brooch turned out a lot better than I imagined it. It’s funny how I can start off with a clear idea in my head of how it is going to look and then it’s totally different, in a totally good way at the end! This is my favourite part of the creative process, I love working out solutions to problems and coming up with something super creative to solve them.
I can’t believe I only have four brooches to go to complete my ’27 before 27′ challenge. I am super excited to see how they pan out but also super excited to see what is in store for me and for the blog afterwards too.
What do you think? What does this brooch make you think of? 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!