Tuesday, 7 June 2011

Change of Pace


Time for something different after all that drawing....

I've been making embroidered brooches for a while, in various forms, but was never happy with the pinback badges I was mounting them on. After a few experiments, I've come up with a better solution: stretched over a large plastic button, backed with a double layer of cotton, and a brooch pin sewn to the back. They're light, washable, and satisfyingly substantial at nearly 1cm thick at the centre.


Since my blog is nearly 5 years old (beginning of next month!) why not have a small giveaway? Nothing wrong with early celebrations. Leave a comment to win all four of the brooches pictured above. Make sure I'll be able to contact you; I'll draw a winner on Sunday the 12th.

The brooches below are for sale in my Etsy shop and my South African shop.


Is anyone keen for a tutorial for these? They're a little bit fiddly, but really quite simple.

32 comments:

Laura said...

Love these broaches!

And I'd love to see a tutorial. It's so fun to see how things are done.

hildakruger said...

Mememe! And yes please :)

Roulé said...

Soo ongelooflik mooi!

Maca said...

i love them!!!!

Ann Martin said...

Your brooches are really lovely! I'd love to see the process.

Molly said...

Oh, I would LOVE to win the brooches! They are beautiful!

Libe said...

I hope I win the brooches :) I love them.

Saaleha Idrees Bamjee said...

They look like pretty little sweeties.
A tutorial would be super.

karey said...

Those are really cute! And I think a tutorial is an absolute must; you could consider it a consolation prize! :)

sofia said...

i want a tutorial and a brooch too
a big hug from athens greece

Rosie said...

Hi Jesse, hope you don't mind but I blogged about your give away...the brooches are so lovely that I just had to share them. Cheers, Rosie

Killiecrankie Farm said...

beautiful embellishments !

Jan | Daisy Janie said...

Beautiful - every single stitch! Nice how you've made the back more substantial!

Jo said...

I would love, love, love to win these brooches! They are just gorgeous. Fingers crossed.

Janda said...

Your brooches are lovely. The embroidery is wonderful with such great attention to detail. You rock!

Sannetje said...

These brooches are amazing. And it would be great to have a tutorial so I can try it myself.

ibb said...

Delicate and lovely...and a tutorial will be ok!
Thanks and thinking about a party? You should celebrate

Anonymous said...

Yes to a tutorial for these buttons
and how nice to be in the running to win the ones you have made
vamoody1atverizondotnet

tjou-tjou said...

} pick me, pick me. i love these, jesse.

Jenny said...

I love these. I really love the colors and how each one is unique. Pinned in a little cluster on a vintage cardigan? Yes.

Five years? That's awesome too!

june at noon said...

Genius! I always get frustrated at how flimsy the little pieces of embroidered felt feel when turned into brooches.

Leila said...

They are beautiful!

Lori said...

I love these and would love a tutorial!

RuthiV said...

I love them! They all look fabulous and what a great idea :)
A Tutorial would be greatly appreciated!

Jenni C's said...

every scarf needs a brooch in winter!would so love to win! and yes please a tutorial will be great..

AnnaNomsa said...

They're lovely Jesse. Any chance of seeing some in The Fringe Arts? Anna x

Isis said...

ooh these are beautiful!

Malinda said...

Those are quite lovely! a tutorial would be fab! thank you!

heleen said...

5 years of blogging, wow!! You are one of the early ones.
I love the brooches! And would love a tutorial as well.

Freshly Found said...

5 years! Well done. These brooches are beautiful!!!

ZIZO label said...

always love a brooche, and especially one which is made with care and creativity!
Christien

The Lampshade Studio said...

Beautiful & so creative!