Just finished ten more bumble bee brooches. I like to make them in small batches because there are so many layers and stages to complete in each brooch, it`s so satisfying when I finish the last one!
I used discarded furnishing fabric samples for the backgrounds of these bees. I like the earthy tones and chunky weaves. I only had a tiny piece of each fabric, just enough for one brooch, which makes each one unique.
I used this black and white print for the backs of this batch. I don`t use a badge maker, but carefully finish each brooch by hand and I like to choose pretty coordinating fabrics for the backs.
Five more bee brooches have been added to my Etsy shop!
The layered, stitched flowers that I made for the Summer were very popular, so I wanted to make a Winter version. I made these flowers this week.
Instead of cottons, I layered tiny scraps of recycled tweed over felt to make the petals. I thought the various black and white tweeds were a great contrast with the bright coloured felt.
They have shiny, faceted black beads for centres which were taken from an old necklace.
Layering the black and white tweeds reminded me of layers of newsprint when working with papier mache.
I think these flowers go really well with my felt poppies, they`re both perfect for cheering up a black Winter coat.
My first wee batch went straight into Flux in Leith, but I`m going to make lots more, including some more muted coloured ones. It`s been a while since I`ve had time to make anything new, so I really enjoyed making these.