Brooching the subject……

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A couple of folks on my Facebook page asked about how I made my scrappy brooches, and as it happens I recently made a step-by-step record of the process.

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I made this scarf  using my overlock/serger and was left with a pile of scraps…….

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these are some of the scraps left over from the scarf..

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this is what I use as the base of my textile pieces, a open weave mesh, and some tulle or organza? not sure of it’s correct name…

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I cut a 5 inch square from both pieces of fabric….

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I arrange the scraps on the fabric squares, and when I’m happy I pin them, then stitch them….

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I then added some black and white scraps, just because I like the look of them, polka dots make me smile…

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I then sprayed the piece with some paint, I use gold and pink, because they happened to be in the house.. I left it to dry overnight…

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next day I gathered some hand dyed silk thread and fancy yarns …….

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I used the yarn and thread to outline some of the strips, reminiscent of tartan/plaid ? well it is in my head…..

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around about the same time I made this textile mobile , so the scraps from it were to hand……

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so I added the scraps from the textile mobile to the piece, and an extra strip of polka dot, just because……

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then I trimmed the excess fabric from the edge of the square, and did I bin them? did I heckers like, I put them back into my scrap bag…….

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thats a scrap bag pinned to my workshop door….. I have many, many other bigger scrap bags, but this one is full of scraps that I have started saving to make my 5 inch square pieces…. my scrap saving has reached new to overflowing proportions….. this project was meant to use up my scraps, not create more….sigh

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so the piece is now finished ….do I add it to my growing pile of painted pieces that I have vague plans to mount on canvas?

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or do I turn it into a 5 inch square for the Made on Monday project, which by the end of a year will yield 52 pieces that I intend to make a wall hanging of?

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or….do I mount it in an embroidery hoop? if I choose this option the light coloured hoop offendeth me, so it will have to be decorated in some way….. watch this space!

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I made some brooches with it 🙂

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I have also used the scrappy squares on these customised hats, I handstitch them to the purchased woollen hat.
So there we have it, that’s how I ended up with those scrappy brooches.