What you'll need
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Shrinkets Brand Shrink Plastic And Molds
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Felt Balls, 2cm
Coarse Wool Felt Sheet
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Silk Flower Calyxes
Assorted Beads And Sequins
Pleated Grosgrain Ribbon
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Backing Material, Embroidery Thread And Needle
Beading Thread And Needle
Sew-on Pin Findings
Scissors
Brooch Kit
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Start with a foundation material. I use the same wool felt from the needlefelted heart tutorial
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Gather an exciting collection of lightweight materials. Focus on texture, color and sparkle.
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A closer look. Silk flower bits, sequins, and Shrinkets are ideal. Felt ball will add volume.
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The ribbon from my painting tutorial will make a perfect ruffle. Asymmetry will keep it interesting.
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Hide the end by wrapping at an angle. Pin.
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Use a light touch to attach the ribbon. Sewing near the fold gives the ruffle room to breathe.
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Tuck the raw edge under with a tight curl, creating a flourish on the front. Sew.
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This component alone could be embellished as a brooch. But let's keep going!
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A wedge gives an angle to the ruffle ball. Start playing with composition, improvise!
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Stitch around the base of the rosette as desired, pull open the ruffles to embellish, or not.
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Knot your thread between elements. If you don't like an addition you can snip it off safely.
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I start with the felt ball, stacking sequin, O-bead, and 15/0 in neutral tones.
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A different ribbon makes another bud. I like to think about the different life stages of the flower.
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I'll embellish a felt ball to suggest a seed pod. Silk flower cups are great for this.
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The tight round shapes are static; I left room round the sides to add variety of texture and color.
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Black elements work like punctuation. Repeated elements (shrinkets, sequins) create rhythm.
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Time to trim! Mind the stitches on the back, and anything cuttable on the front. Take your time!
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I've trimmed quite close. The piece has dimension and is flexible for ease in wearing.
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A pair of tie tac pins gives excellent security and maximizes wear options.
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Choose a backing. Cut a generous piece to keep your options open.
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You can hide your stitches or feature them. Embroidery is fun!
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I'm hiding the purple wool with the gray using french knots. The pucker will make a little ruffle.
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All stitched down. Now to trim.
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Trim lightly, try making leaf shapes here and there. You can always cut more but can't go back!
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Think I will cut those leaves. I found a loose flower. No problem..
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I go in the front, make a tiny stitch, come up through the beads, reinforce, knot in front. Finis!
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