Brooches

I’ve made a few little brooches recently using both wet and dry felting techniques. Here’s a photo parade, enjoy!

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British brooches

I’ve sold quite a few brooches recently so I needed to make more and couldn’t wait to use the new Manx, black Jacob and grey Shetland fibres from Adelaide Walker.  They don’t look very inspiring laid out and they’re usually a little different to expected when finished.

Top is black Jacob with some BFLxJacob fleese with lovely caramel coloured tips. The second black Jacob has throwsters silk waste added (not finished this brooch yet) and the Manx has Wensleydale fleece decoration.

To the black Jacob and BFL I’ve added toffee coloured beads. The Manx brooch has cream beads with bronze flashes on them and the grey Shetland has hand spun yarn (yes, it was spun by me!!!) and pearl beads in the centre. Of course, I couldn’t work only in naturals, the turquoise is hand dyed BFL with silver threads, hand dyed yarn and crab fibre decoration.

All four of these are BFL with yarn, silk and bead decorations. Yesterday it seemed quite bright so I managed to snap these few photos for you. As you can see, it wasn’t really bright enough but the worst was the wind, you wouldn’t believe how many times it blew the brooches off the bench. When I can get better photos I’ll load them up to my flickr account for anyone who is interested.

Off to new homes

Thought I’d show you these few items before they go off to new homes.
This is natural grey Merino wool with silk fibres.

Deep purple and crocus coloured Merino

I did call this one Bark and you can barely see where the brooch ends and the table begins.
Loving all the copper coloured glass beads.

 I think this one is my favourite colour and I’m very pleased to have used some of
the rug wool which I rescued from a skip and dyed.

Hmmm

Another new brooch for your perusal. I’m really not sure about this one but I don’t think I’ll be making any more of them. Not quite sure why but I’m just not finding it that appealing. Thoughts?

New brooches

I’ve been having a play around to find a new brooch style that I like and I have a favourite but take a look and let me know what you think.

For a change I’ve been manipulating 2D felt rather than shaping it during the felting process. I really liked the idea of this one but having made it up I’m not keen so this one won’t be making it into my shop.

Quite interesting shapes which would benefit from a few stitches or beads. My vote goes to the blue one but what do you think?

Last night I wasn’t sure about these but this morning it’s love. Yes, they’ll definitely be making it into my shop. I’ve tried them with buttons in the centre and that doesn’t work, what do you think, a few beads to finish them off?

Flower workshop

It’s a few days since the actual workshop but this has been my first opportunity to show you what we made.

I’m sure you’ll agree that they’ll look fabulous with beaded centres and attached to bags, hats or coats. We used different techniques to make the flowers and included some fabrics and threads to give extra texture and detail. The key to achieving specific shapes without the need for excessive cutting is to be careful with how you lay your fibres out. The final two flowers are examples of a technique of multi layered flowers without the need for stitching the layers together.

There’s one which is destined to take a part in Halloween celebrations, I’ll let you work out which one. Although it’s not a flower you can see the same technique was applied to making the brown leaf which I think is lovely. What a talented bunch they were.