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 ^_^