I decided to try a slightly different approach for a new range of brooches - I wanted them to be larger, flatter, and to have more flexibility about what shape I could make them. I recently bought some Bondaweb (sort of like double-sided sticky tape, but for fabric!) and some Tyvek (crazy tough paper that is sometimes used for envelopes, but also by fibre artists), and wondered if I could use them to make thinner brooches that still had enough stiffness to them.
Anyway, as usual I started with a layer of felt, made onto a backing of cotton wadding, with my embellisher. This piece was made with
After embroidering and beading the front surface came the 'sandwiching' work to give the brooch shape and structure. I decided on a large-ish round shape for my first attempt.
Here are the layers of the brooch sandwich:
front felt-bondaweb-tyvek-bondaweb-plain black back felt.
The bondaweb sticks with heat using an iron.
Then I tidied up the raw edges by whip-stitching around the edge in black embroidery cotton, and I finished the brooch with a silver metal brooch finding on the back.
Here's the finished brooch. I called her 'Storm'. The glass beads are mostly Miyuki and Toho, with a few tiny vintage Italian ones scattered around. The hand embroidery stitches are in silk, rayon and metallic threads - mostly colonial knot stitch, with a little stem and running stitch in metallic threads added for extra sparkle.
She is about 6.2cm in diameter and less than 5mm thick.