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Hearts, Calico and Old Linen.

I`ve been busy this week making some more round heart brooches. They proved to be popular for Valentines day so I decided to make a few more. I used more muted colours for these ones, with some thick, twill-woven vintage calico for the background. I was quite pleased with these, the rough texture of the calico gave them a look (I think) of little sandstone pebbles. I only have a small piece of this fabric, so I`ll keep it for more brooches. I`ll be making a few of these brooches for my stockists, these ones are heading into my Etsy shop.

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I`ve been experimenting with bits of linens and lace this week and I bought a big piece of calico to play with. I used to use calico all the time and it`s fun to work with it again. It`s such a humble fabric, with a folksy, homespun feel and speckled with tiny imperfections, but is also really sturdy and versatile . I love combining the textures of calico, grainy old linens, homely ticking and frothy vintage lace. I`m planning to combine these in new work, using the lovely creamy, neutral shades as a nice contrast with embroidery.

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The calico I bought was stitched together like this on the roll. I like the utillitarian, rough stitches.

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My first butterfly… lots more to follow…

I`ve been working on some little keepsake hearts this week too. They are stitched from calico, vintage fabrics, vintage lace and shell buttons. They have a linen sachet of lavender inside as well as a bit of padding. I like the idea of making little one-off treasures and mini embroideries, something I`m hoping to develope over the next few weeks. I tried to give these hearts a collagey feel, and I`ve used both machine and hand embroidery.

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Embroidered Brooches

Here are some new mini embroidered brooches that I`ve been making for my stockists for this Spring.

I`ve done versions of the larger size for the last couple of years and they have been very popular, as well as being my favourite of my brooches to wear myself, but the new wee ones are even sweeter! I love making them, they`re just so cute! They are just 3.5cm in diameter and are hand embroidered and beaded onto vintage printed linens. Even the backs are sweet with the pin stitched onto a toning printed cotton (I always put thought into the backs of my round brooches!) They would look nice on a favourite cardi, perhaps pinned in groups of two or three…

The mini brooches are definately going to be joining their big `sisters` as a permanent part of my collection!

 

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