I know it is February and Valentine’s Day will soon be upon us, but I did not make these brooches for that. I am making a few small things for the craft fair that I will have a table at in April and I need to get cracking on with making some small items.
I had some leftover applique material from a couple of vessels I made. I had these hearts cut out for months. It was just a matter of when I would make the brooches. I used an applique bonding material which is a two step process. The applique was leftover from another project and then I zig-zagged all around before sewing on the pin. The applique is made from merino wool, sari silk fabric and Angelina fibers embellished with the embellishing machine on pre-felt. I reckon that it took me a couple of hours to put these together. It looks like a lot of effort for how much I will try and sell them for, but if they all go, then it will be worth it for a couple of hours work.
From what I have been told, it is necessary to have cheap items for sale along with your more expensive items. One lady I know makes needle felted brooches, but she really doesn’t like making them and only does it because they may sell. If they don’t, they go back in a box until the next fair. I don’t see the point in making things that give me no joy. I actually enjoyed making these as I hadn’t done anything like this before. In the future, I will most likely not spend as much time and effort on creating something like this, unless it is for family or good friends. I might just put them on a card instead. Another learning curve.
I have another piece of felt that will be turned into brooches, but they will be larger and the price will reflect that. I will show you next time!