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« on: August 20, 2011 06:53:47 PM »

This brooch is my tribute to the most wonderful Dame Agatha Christie, the Queen of Crime. I *love* her mystery novels, and have an entire bookshelf dedicated to them. I mainly buy them in second-hand shops because I love the cover designs - I have even brought multiple copies so I can have different covers ^_^ (I'm a little crazy ...)

I used this tutorial (http://lolanovablog.blogspot.com/2010/10/mary-go-round-crochet-flower-ring.html) for the frame, but I used 3 ply thread, so I have quite a few more "petals". The thread I used is 75% viscose and 25% metallic and it's "Romantic" by Vera Moda. The inside bit of the frame was a large metal flattened circle (like a giant washer) from a *gross* necklace my mum got free from a magazine ... and then gave to me. I knew I'd find a use for it someday!

The scroll is black felt with white and dark red embroidery thread and says (in case you can't read my embroidery-writing) "Long May She Reign" and Agatha is wearing a litte crown made from card-stock that has been spray-painted with bronze. I originally tried to paint on the crown, but it didn't look really good and so I stole some of Scott's card-stock that has been under his armour projects as he spray-paints. I glued the crown on with mod-podge and then applied another layer to varnish and protect from water and the like.
The back has more felt (covering the back of the picture), and a badge back.

I really like how this turned out, and since I have another giant washer thing, I'm considering making another brooch. I just need to pick a person who needs a tribute!

I hope you like it too ^_^
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« Reply #1 on: August 21, 2011 02:04:25 AM »

i thought I was almost alone in my scouring of the secondhand bookstalls for Agatha Christies that I haven't read or read so long ago I can't remember them.  Love your tribute brooch.  She is a true perennial.  I remember long ago, on a trip to the old Soviet Union, the only two English authors my guide had read ( or admitted to having read) were Charles Dickens and Agatha Christie.  Which at the time explained her somewhat distorted view of Western Society.

I think Dame Agatha will reign forever and look forward to seeing who you will honour next.
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