I know I have been absent for some time but honest life has been so busy - I got a temporary job in an office in a local brewery and after nearly 12 months off work I found it a bit hard to get back into the rhythm of office work. I found it tiring and at the end of the day I thought my head would explode with all the new things I had to learn. Anyway it is about to come to an end and so I will have more time for myself and crafting. Hurrah!!
I have been making (and selling) some small felt brooches and pins over the last few weeks and I'm thinking about opening a Etsy Shop - I'm not sure that the local craft fairs are the right place to try and sell my things round here. I did one the other weekend and although the response to all my badges was really positive there were not too many sales - I did sell a couple and at least made my table money back and a bit more. I'm not really sure what to do!! Perhaps I will do another craft fair in the run up to Christmas and see if it would go better.
I will be posting some pictures of my current work over the next few weeks I would love to hear your feedback it would be much appreciated. Just a quick note in comments - please.
Anyway here a couple of the felt brooches I have made recently:-
This is made from turquoise coloured felt onto which I machine stitched a wiggly line (although it doesn't show very clearly in the photo!) then I added three star sequins held in place with seed beads. I added random seed beads in the background. Finally I made the face from air-dried clay using a push mold - when it was dry I rubbed a gold waxing paste and used Dazzle-Tac Jewellery Glue to adhere it to the brooch. There is a safety brooch bar on the back.
The leaf was cut out of felt and a slightly smaller version cut out of a printed cotton, over the left half of the leaf is a net layer and all layers were appliqued to the front with a machine free motion stitched. Again a brooch bar was attached to the back.
I hope you will leave me some feedback and let me know what you think of them.
Thanks for looking