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A couple of years ago I was delighted to come across a vintage white metal brooch with spaces I could fill with stitching. An offcut of pelment vilene and a few french knots later, I created one of my first upcycled brooches.

So I was delighted when I found a very similar brooch recently. Pink vilene this time…

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…and tiny stem and lazy daisy stitches in a single strand of silk made tree branches with leaves.

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Another branch on the other side with cream french knots for cherry blossom and odd blossoms and leaves in the central section.

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Mounted into the brooch.

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And popped into my Etsy shop. Another quick finish.

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I am so pleased with this one! It started off as a very basic white metal vintage brooch.

Summer meadow brooch 1

I just thought the holes were an ideal place to put some embroidery, so I started by colouring some pelmet vilene.

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And then drew round the holes to give me a template for how much space I had to stitch into.  Straight stitches in a single strand of variegated silk thread gave me the grassy meadow and lazy daisy stitches gave the middle section a bit of variation.

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Then the french knots, again in a single strand of variegated silk thread.

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Next I made a careful template of the brooch shape, with cut outs for the clasp and cut the embroidery to fit.

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After it had been carefully attached to the back of the brooch, I added another bit of vilene to cover the back of the stitching.

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And listed it here in my Etsy shop.

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