13. Leaf brooch for Jelena

I am lucky enough to get up each day and go to work at a place full of inspiring, kind, fantastic colleagues. Sadly (for us) one of these colleagues is leaving this week.

I wanted to add a personal touch to the presents we got her and was inspired by her enthusiasm for a beautiful Japanese maple tree near the carpark. I kept meaning to take a photo of the maple tree whilst it still had lots of leaves… I failed. So you’ll have to take my word that it was once covered in lovely burgundy leaves like this:

In terms of method and technique it was (as ever) the online crafty/blogger community that inspired me – I have been following Lupin at BugsAndFishes for a while now. She makes the most BEAUTIFUL felt ornaments and accessories, with the neatest tiny stitches I have ever seen.

I thought I could have a go at something similar (if simpler) with felt and make a brooch. So I picked a leaf, pressed it in my diary and headed off after work to find matching felt. I didn’t get exactly the red I was looking for, but it was pretty close. At home I traced round the leaf and cut out the shape from felt. I then hand-stitched some detail on, to represent the leaf veins. I would be lying if I said it didn’t take me four or five attempts to get the stitches neat… I am not good at hand-stitching!!

Once I had the front completed I moved on to the brooch clasp. I stitched this on to a small rectangle of felt and then stuck that to the back of the leaf with superglue. I left it overnight to dry before stitching around the edge, just to be sure!

I’m really pleased with how it turned out, hopefully it will serve as a reminder of HQ for a while to come.

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