Once all the metal thread work was done, the last steps were to assemble the brooch so I could wear it. The metal threads make the brooch quite stiff, especially the pearl purl on the outside edge and up the center vein.
The calico that the brooch is stitched on is a good, relatively thick backing fabric so that also gives strength to the brooch. The first step was to cut the finished brooch out of the larger piece of calico on which it was stitched, leaving an edge of calico all around the metal thread work. This edge of calico is folded back under the metal thread work before the felt backing is glued on.
The first thing I did was to stitch the tip together. I will go back later and finish the tip. To bring the sides of the calico together, I stitched it the same way you would lace up an old fashioned corset.
As I worked down the sides, there was extra fabric that needed to be eased in using small holding stitches. You can see it in the photo below.
Once the sides were pulled together, I snipped the bottom curve into sections so it could be eased together, each piece overlapping the one next to it. The last step was to snip the point and fold those ends onto the back and tack them down. To be honest, I knew what I wanted to achieve and had a vague idea of how to do it but didn’t have “A PLAN”. I wouldn’t change what I did but I think I’ll refine it in the future.
The next thing to do was to stitch the pin onto the backing felt. For this I used gold colored sewing thread.
Lastly, using a small brush, I brushed some PVA glue into the middle of the brooch. I then used a toothpick to run glue around the edge of the brooch and then gently pushed the edge of the felt down to meet the gold pearl purl. I kept rotating the brooch, gently pinching the felt and the pin together to ensure a good bond.
Lastly I had to leave it alone for 24 hours so the glue could set. Finally I could take this photo, in the sunshine, so you could all see how it looks! I am REALLY pleased with it and would not have had enough knowledge or confidence to create my own brooch if I hadn’t done Jenny Adin-Christie’s brooch first. Her kit taught me so much! Thank you Jenny!
I’ll be wearing my brooch at the Knitting and Stitching Show so if I see you there you will get to see it up close and in person!
Has my experience encouraged you to try a brooch of your own? What shape would you choose?