Good Morning Buttoneers! It’s that time of the week again where I magic out of a puff of smoke/magicians hat/glitter explosion the fourth brooch in my ’27 before 27′ blog challenge (you can see the original post here) How exciting!
This week I started out with my colour palette. I spent a long time sat on the floor with my big box of felty goodness, placing together pieces of felt until they just clicked.
I chose a raspberry-pink and a chocolate-brown because they oozed warmth and richness, they complimented each other well and I was inspired.
For the embroidery, I knew I wanted to use a totally different coloured embroidery thread to the felt but was unsure about the stitch itself. So out came my embroidery stitches book and I taught myself, after initial frustration and a lot of patience, the wheat ear stitch…
Once I had got the hang of it, the stitch really started to flow, not to mention that I felt pretty proud of myself and a little bit clever for learning a more complicated stitch to what I was used to.
The problem was that I loved the pale pink embroidery thread, but something wasn’t right. I tried the same stitch in a teal coloured embroidery thread and really liked it.
But, being the perfectionist I am, I couldn’t settle with the teal. I kept thinking about the pink. I was so indecisive about them that I was driving myself crazy, so I decided if I worked hard enough I could make twelve petals, six in pink, six in teal and then decide which I liked better when I had placed them all together, I would see it all more clearly that way.
As you can see in the photographs, I played around with the different combinations and designs. I still didn’t know. Ahhh! So this week, there are two brooches for my fourth entry in this blog challenge. They are not different enough for me to be able to cheat and class them as two separate ones and I would feel a bit of a fraud presenting one of them again next week, so here you go…
So another one bites the dust! Four down, twenty three to go. I am still in love with this project, which I sometimes get a bit stressed about, but all in all I love the way it pushes me out of my comfort zone and out on to the creative roller-coaster of this challenge.
What do you think about these two? Do you have a favourite flower you would like featured as a felt embroidered brooch? How about a favourite embroidery stitch I could learn?
Meet me for a chat with a cup of tea in the comments below. I’ll click the kettle on!