Making Brooches

Haul from L'uccello

Haul from L’uccello

Those who follow me on Instagram may recall that I posted a picture of goodies acquired from L’uccello, on Swanston St in Melbourne, when I was there over the summer. Since I went in with no particular end in view, I was completely bewildered by the range of possibilities I found, so I didn’t buy very much, but now I know where to find them, I will do my homework in advance!

Felt Flower

Felt Flower

When I came home, vague and somewhat jetlagged, I sat and played with the felt and thread (a cotton from Sajou, a brand I’ve heard of, but never used before) that I’d bought, blanket stitching the felt shapes I had bought, and then attaching the felt ball using a whipped spider’s web stitch, pulled tight to flatten the ball slightly into the stacked shapes, and made a brooch. It works well, and there’s a lovely shine from the cotton.

Teal Circles

Teal Circles

I enjoyed myself so much (somewhat to my surprise, as small, fiddly projects don’t go well with jetlag!), I started thinking of other brooches I might make. You may have noticed that I love Teal, in almost all shades, so my next effort was to cover different sizes of self-cover buttons with different teal fabrics. In fact the most difficult thing here was to devise a backing that might help to stack the buttons as I wished them to be stacked. In the end, I created a roll of felt, and sewed the buttons to that. The finished brooch looks a lot better than in the photo, which has killed off the colour.


  1. Sue Jones says:

    I particularly like the felt brooch. I came out of L’uccello with just two balls of variegated pearl cotton and a spool of Sajou three strand metallic thread in a rather gingery antique gold colour. I thought that was quite restrained of me!

  2. Dima says:

    My head always turns when I walk into an embroidery shop. There is just so much to see that I can get lost and not know what to buy. What did you think of the Sajou thread? Was it the Retord du nord thread?

  3. jenclair says:

    The felt brooch is perfect for autumn!

  4. Lady Fi says:

    What a charming brooch!

  5. I didn’t manage to fit in a visit to L’uccello, so I shall have to go back to Melbourne! I like the brooch – autumn colours are my favouite

  6. Catherine says:

    I too love your autumn brooch! The whipped woven wheel finishes it so well. I have to say ashamedly that I have never been to L’uccello and given I used to live in Melbourne that is quite the shame! Maybe they weren’t there when I was living there…….

  7. Cynthia says:

    Love the shine on that thread. I’ve never seen Sajou thread before, did you only buy the one color?

  8. Susan says:

    Two lovely additions to your wardrobe. I would never have thought of flattening a felt ball that way, and the teal is just lovely, even if we aren’t getting the full benefit. Thanks for sharing!

  9. Jillayne says:

    Really lovely – your stitching is so precise and beautiful!

  10. Lin says:

    I love the felt flower brooch – I had not heard of those threads but they look delicious. xx

  11. Carolyn says:

    One of my favourite shops and they give great service when you buy online as well as in person. I have to say when I shop there my luggage on the plane home often tips into the ‘excess’ range. Love the brooch. (Next time I’m there I want to know why he called his shop ‘the birds’.

  12. wendy says:

    the flower brooch is beautiful!

  13. Penny Baugh says:

    The teal color is really rich and beautiful!!

  14. Anita says:

    The felt brooch is beautiful.Is that 100% wool felt?