New Rose Brooches…

I feel like I am permanently sewing at the moment.  Unlike many hard working makers out there, who I know work in the evenings, especially those with other day jobs;  I tend to stop around the boys bedtime and spend the rest of the evening attached to my laptop instead of a sewing machine.  In the last few weeks though, I have been trying to get on top of all the hand sewing projects, there have been lots of flowers to weave on the Hana-Ami Loom and many others to make from felt and beads so little pots appear around the house that can easily be picked up and put down.

Mostly I have mostly been working in replenishing flower brooch stock and adding a red version of the rose brooch for Winter.  I had always planned to do this but there is such a lot of work in each one that it’s taken me a while, I must admit that I do rather like the backs, it’s just one of those bits I feel I’ve ‘got right’ if that makes sense.  Does anyone read Mr Men to their kids?  I always have ‘Tidy and neat, neat and tidy’ going through my head when I finish a brooch back (from Mr Messy).

Because I was a good girl and made enough to replenish my own shop, AND list on Folksy, AND send some to Armagh (see last post) I had intended to take a shot of them all together, a mass of flower brooches simply so I could feel chuffed with myself for all the hard work, because it was hard work in a nice kind of way.  But I forgot.  Doh.

Instead I got packaging happy putting them onto their little cards and sealing them up so they stay dust and lint free, then stacking them in neat rows in boxes.  I fear when I read this back to myself I will sound a bit obsessed and obsessive, I am neither the mess of my house proves this.  Ok, I am just a little bit but only with things I really enjoy and that doesn’t stretch to housework.

Once the red roses were completed, I couldn’t resist making a few versions in mixed pinks, using the burgundy and dusty pink colours that I made for my new shop banner and cards, I only made 5 and have kept one for myself as these are my kind of colours.

As a little treat I bought myself a wooden tray to work on when I am hand sewing so I can sit with it on my knee whilst I’m watching the telly, I’ll spend less time hunting for needles down the side of the sofa that way!

The brooches can be found in my shop (they now have their own section) along with replenishments of the buttercup version and pink roses and some are also listed on Folksy.  Next I will be starting a mini acorn making factory on my wooden tray which I think I am really going to enjoy 🙂

Flower Brooches…

In all honesty I fell like I’ve been making these FOREVER.  There was a lot more sewing involved than I’d expected and as mentioned in my last post I’m not sure it shows in the naive simple style of the design but there you go, I like them, I am especially pleased with the sunny yellow buttercup brooches.

I was heavily influenced by the Racey Helps books I recently chatted about, especially Kingcup Cottage which is one of my favourites,

how nice is this illustration?

It’s quite a sad story actually (but with a happy ending) in that no-one wants to come to Francesca’s party (a frog) as her house is too soggy and she puts dried flies into her scones, so that all ignore her party invites.  Bit rude really, in fact the first time I read this to F he got a bit upset for her, it all ends happily though and they all feel bad and come to her second party and she realises not everyone likes soggy houses so she hosts it in the wood.  Good old-fashioned story telling, I like it.

So I decided I wanted to make a nice sunny yellow flower version of my felt blossoms and went with Buttercups (the leaves had more interest to me that those on Kingcups).

Below are the progress photos I took along the way:

The eagle eyed will spot I changed the beads from misty ones to opaque ones, the originals just weren’t right but I do now have a mountain of yellow seed beads to use up at some point.

The brooches have been mounted on cards

as well as being available as plain brooches and of course, I made some of the original Dog Rose version similar to the one I made for my Mother

I have other ‘cards’ in mind, namely little felt birds ones which I was supposed to do the Christmas before last but I’m still playing around with the best way to attach them to the cards, for the meantime the new ones are available here.

I have quite a few things I’d like to make for the house so I’m planning a little shop making break although I still have loads to get done before the Summer holidays arrive and there’s also a giveaway coming up, when I find the time to take the relevant photos 🙂