Playing with brooches again

Gauze Spiral

Gauze Spiral

I was very taken with a length of gauze ribbon i found when I was rummaging for bits of teal fabric, and spent an idle moment or two running a gathering thread along one edge. I wasn’t at all sure where I would go from there, but as I pulled the gathering thread up the ribbon settled naturally into a tight spiral reminiscent of an Elizabethan ruff. Hmmm. Promising!

In the end, I covered another self-cover button with two layers of a rather gorgeous silk fabric which I originally bought for my mother to line a bookbox she made for a fine binding of “The Wind In The Willow”, and created a cross between a winner’s rosette and a new species of flower.

I think it will be fun to wear, but the real delight is the ruffle… It has “loft”, and a gentle glimmer, both from the gauze and from the silk button. More of a spring than an autumn piece, with that light spring green and and the gauzy ruffle, but I’ll look forward to the treat!

Satin and Tweed

Satin and Tweed

Talking of unnatural flowers….

What I would really like to do is think of something else to do with the tweed fabric in the centre of this. It was cut off a pair of trousers which were too long for me, but it is a nice fabric and I want to create something fun with the scraps.

Thinking caps on, then…


  1. Jules says:

    That is gorgeous. What about some beautiful fancy thread in a very simple design to contrast with the tweed?

  2. Kim says:

    Fuchsia French knots?

  3. Terrie says:

    That would be a nice brooch. Some leftover are good to use to create another lovely thing.

  4. Love the brooch! Can’t think of anything for the leftover tweed ……

  5. Lady Fi says:

    Such pretty brooches.

  6. Dima says:

    Very pretty

  7. Carolyn says:

    A few simple stitches would dress this lovely brooch up. They are nice the way they are as well.

  8. Sandy says:

    Re: leftover tweed & thinking caps . . . do you wear hairbands (“Alice bands”)? or it could become the side(s) of a pillbox-type hat. If there’s a lot of it (that is, the pants were _really_ long), it could be cut in wedges and sewn (points in the center of a circle) into a beanie/beret type cap.

  9. jenclair says:

    🙂 Are you having too much fun? Bijoux!

  10. Penny Baugh says:

    I love these!!!

  11. Catherine says:

    Very pretty! I love your gauze brooch. Maybe a simple running stitch in metallic thread for your tweed. It’s beautiful so I wouldn’t want to hide it completely!

  12. Lin says:

    Pretty ruff broach Rachel. xx

  13. Karen says:

    ruched fabric equals heaven….

  14. Susan says:

    Definitely a reason to go shopping in the ribbon aisle. I love that! What did you use for the pin back? As for the tweed, it’s beautiful, and I could easily see it in any wool work, perhaps a pincushion with a winter scene?