Wednesday, 27 May 2009

Fabric brooch swap

My last blog post might have been called "something completely different" but this really is something completely different! I signed up for my first swap on UKStampers a while ago. This was a two part swap - we all sent six different 4" squares of fabric to the swap organiser who mixed them all up and sent us six different pieces back. Then we had to make a brooch using all six fabrics in the process. We could add anything we liked as long as all six fabrics made an appearance.

My finished brooch is not at all what I'd planned but this vintage buckle fell out of a bag when I was looking for something else and it all kind of took off from there!

I used vintage mother of pearl buttons and stamped tiny words in Stazon on them for the centres and then used rough circles of the fabrics to make stylised flowers. I had a sheer fabric to play with and I fused that with iron on webbing and made the leaf pair with it as it took a nice crease with the interface in there. I did cheat slightly with my fabrics, there was an orange one with green ovals that I just couldn't make look right so I coloured it with a Copic marker and used to to make the third leaf!

The flower layers were painted on the backs with gesso to give them a bit of substance and stop them fraying and I added beads of Glossy Accents in a few places to encourage some wavy dimension between the layers.

Everyday Petites (Mona Lisa Moments line at Cornish Heritage Farms)

Stazon by Tsukineko (Jet Black)

Vintage mother of pearl buttons
Vintage buckle
Glossy Accents

All the brooches have now been swapped and I know this has reached its new owner safely. I also have a lovely swapped brooch in my possession - thank you to the creator!

Thanks for stopping by, hope you enjoyed something a bit different!


Anonymous said...

These are really different,i really like them! xx jo xx

Anonymous said...

A fabulous brooch!

Janice said...

It is lovely Joanne, good to see the buckle more clearly.

Carol Plume said... the buckle as a base...lucky recipiant xx

tracy said...

thats very differnet joanne amd very nice :)

Darlene said...

Wow this is really amazing Joanne! I wouldn't have known where to begin ... you are so creative!! Great job!

Lorraine said...

great brooch

Caroline said...

Thats gorgeous Joanne...x

Kathy said...

This is such a beautiful brooch Joanne, I love it

Kaz said...

This is lovely Joanne and thanks for the tips for shaping the fabrics.

Karen said...

I love this brooch Joanne! You have been so inventive with it XXX

Gez Butterworth said...

Beautiful Joanne. Very inventive! Love how you have altered the fabric. Great thinking. Every time I pop by your blog I learn something new! (Copics on fabric) xx

Sid said...

Your brooch was really inspired and unusual. Your fabrics gave a great effect to the flowers that you crafted and the buckle was a great platform on which to display them !