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Title: *NOW WITH PHOTO TUTORIAL* A great way to use up scrap yarn! Brooches!
Post by: meekssandygirl on February 22, 2009 11:17:48 AM
After working on different projects I always, as you all know and do too, have all of thiese little scrap pieces left over so the other day I thought about trying to make a brooch. So they ended up looking more like corsages though! LOL! I still think pinned to a sweater and even on a hat or purse would be really pretty too.

Maybe I should have been a florist! LOL! I am having so much fun with these. I love to play around with color!

So I started them out by crocheting a circle in green with cotton yarn to make it sturdy, then did the individual flowers and leaves and sewed them onto the round cotton base. Then I covered the backs with felt and sewed the pins on.

I used cashmere and mohair yarn, but on the white one I was going more for texture than color so I also used angora and silk.

Anyways, here they are:






Now for the tutorial:

I start with a round circle in green cotton (because cotton is very sturdy)

Then I add fringe along the bottom with strands of mohair, I basically just use a yarn needle and tie it on in a knot.

...continuing with the fringe...

I make some flowers in different colors and textures

I like to make one flower bigger than the others to use as a focal point, the main color

I add more flowers and leaves

Now I just love the element of surprise with a bright color so i add these bright pink curls to it

now the small circle flowers need something in the middle so i add some green to it, and I also give the fringe a haircut

Then to finish it off, I just love the dangling ball things and curly doo da's so I add them to the design

Lastly, I need to cut a circle of felt to glue to the back of the green circle I started with, then sew on a pin, I think using a 1 1/2 inch or 2 inch pin works best, and it is finished!


Title: Re: A great way to use up scrap yarn! Brooches!
Post by: BonEsInspired on February 22, 2009 11:25:17 AM
Soooooooo beautiful!!
I've been meaning to crochet some flowers for the first time to turn into brooches...I hope I can come up with something at least half as beautiful as these. Thanks for sharing! Very inspiring...


Title: Re: A great way to use up scrap yarn! Brooches!
Post by: Kookaloo_Starr on February 22, 2009 11:27:39 AM
Your brooches are stunning! I like the first and last ones best of all  ;D


Title: Re: A great way to use up scrap yarn! Brooches!
Post by: angeltreats on February 22, 2009 11:33:15 AM
These are wonderful!  I can't even pick a favourite.  They look like something from a very expensive boutique.


Title: Re: A great way to use up scrap yarn! Brooches!
Post by: prettyinkpink on February 22, 2009 11:35:37 AM
All are sooooo beautiful and a perfect way to use scrap yarn. I love them!


Title: Re: A great way to use up scrap yarn! Brooches!
Post by: Kalanit on February 22, 2009 11:39:27 AM
Absolutely beautiful. This could be a really neat idea for a wedding...


Title: Re: A great way to use up scrap yarn! Brooches!
Post by: xXxshadow_bloomxXx on February 22, 2009 11:50:25 AM
It's nice to see scrap yarn turn into something so beautiful!


Title: Re: A great way to use up scrap yarn! Brooches!
Post by: teapotdnky on February 22, 2009 11:56:05 AM
these rock!


Title: Re: A great way to use up scrap yarn! Brooches!
Post by: Lady Llanalla on February 22, 2009 12:14:51 PM
This is sooo wonderful. I want to feel its fuzzyness on my face. I imagine it smells like wool and my grandmothers' favorite perfume... which I am sure it does not, but in the warm fuzzt place it took me when I first clapped eyes on it... that is where I went! Soo loverly. so nice. mmmmm. I want one... I'm wisting. Wisting I tell you!


Title: Re: A great way to use up scrap yarn! Brooches!
Post by: niqueseveryday on February 22, 2009 12:33:43 PM
These are so cute! They would love great on clutch bags too.


Title: Re: A great way to use up scrap yarn! Brooches!
Post by: Angry Angel on February 22, 2009 02:37:38 PM
Wow, these are gorgeous! Such a great idea, I love all the different shapes and textures.


Title: Re: A great way to use up scrap yarn! Brooches!
Post by: tickleagangster on February 22, 2009 04:14:23 PM
Those are beautiful! Do you use them all yourself, or are they available? (wink, wink!)


Title: Re: A great way to use up scrap yarn! Brooches!
Post by: Belladune on February 22, 2009 04:38:15 PM
did you use a pattern or are those freehand?  I've  been trying my hand at free hand flowers and failing miserably.   Yours are GORGEOUS!


Title: Re: A great way to use up scrap yarn! Brooches!
Post by: meekssandygirl on February 22, 2009 05:17:52 PM
Hi all! Yes they are all free hand. I don't use patterns for anything, just make it up. I love trying different shapes and textures and especially color!


Title: Re: A great way to use up scrap yarn! Brooches!
Post by: jezebel_1982 on February 22, 2009 07:03:59 PM
these are absolutely stunning!
you did a fantastic job. I first thought they were crocheted boquets by the thumbnail, but then saw them, and thought "pretty corsages; they'd be great for the guys in a wedding with non-floral boquets"

I think you could totally market these :)

hitting "this rocks" and wisting


Title: Re: A great way to use up scrap yarn! Brooches!
Post by: sewhappysue on February 22, 2009 07:47:33 PM
Beautiful and great use of scraps and what an idea for Easter or Mother's day


Title: Re: A great way to use up scrap yarn! Brooches!
Post by: zcrafter on February 22, 2009 08:20:14 PM
I love love love love love this! Your color sense is absolutely right on.  I just rocked this, and wisted it, too.


Title: Re: A great way to use up scrap yarn! Brooches!
Post by: cross_my_hooks on February 22, 2009 08:36:46 PM
these are so great I am super jealous!!! love them.  I know, I wish I got something out this good.  Love it, just in time for spring too :) :) :)


Title: Re: A great way to use up scrap yarn! Brooches!
Post by: wawamommy on February 22, 2009 08:39:08 PM
Absolutely gorgeous!  :o  I haven't read all the comments you've received, so this may be a repeat idea, but these would also look fabulous on barrettes for your hair.  I could totally see a wedding party decked out with these either as brooches or barrettes!  Amazing work!  Congrats!


Title: Re: A great way to use up scrap yarn! Brooches!
Post by: craftewoman on February 22, 2009 08:56:42 PM
Great idea! I hate throwing anything out. I've even used scraps of yarn for stuffing. But this...this is genius! You should take some to a boutique and see if you can sell them!


Title: Re: A great way to use up scrap yarn! Brooches!
Post by: KellyLiz on February 23, 2009 01:48:49 AM
These are amazing. Wow.


Title: Re: A great way to use up scrap yarn! Brooches!
Post by: krafty kate on February 23, 2009 02:00:48 AM
These are really fantastic! I agree, you could definitely sell them, and they are so on trend too!


Title: Re: A great way to use up scrap yarn! Brooches!
Post by: HSG on February 23, 2009 05:48:17 AM
These are so delicate and pretty. :)

Rockin'!


Title: Re: A great way to use up scrap yarn! Brooches!
Post by: sewdef on February 23, 2009 06:37:03 AM
These are so stinkin awesome! LOVE!


Title: Re: A great way to use up scrap yarn! Brooches!
Post by: handmadewhimzy on February 23, 2009 08:37:23 AM
I love these!!  So pretty!  And I love the idea of using them for weddings, Mom's day and making them into barretts. 
They would make great gifts to keep for the wedding party who uses them.


Title: Re: A great way to use up scrap yarn! Brooches!
Post by: bperry042 on February 23, 2009 09:38:24 AM
These are soo pretty.  You did a great job.  I absolutely love that white one.  The textures are so pretty. Great Job!


Title: Re: A great way to use up scrap yarn! Brooches!
Post by: Knickertwist on February 23, 2009 09:44:07 AM
They are loverly! I'm totally going to make some for myself (or at least try)


Title: Re: A great way to use up scrap yarn! Brooches!
Post by: LaughingLark on February 23, 2009 10:19:55 AM
Wisted at the speed of light!

I don't know how to crochet yet, but I want to learn so I can make flowers. I love to look of crocheted flowers. Yours are amazing.  :)


Title: Re: A great way to use up scrap yarn! Brooches!
Post by: muffinpants on February 23, 2009 10:44:22 AM
Wow, those are so beautiful. I bet people would pay a lot of money for those!


Title: Re: A great way to use up scrap yarn! Brooches!
Post by: fairieknits on February 23, 2009 11:05:36 AM
Really lovely! The texture, colors and flowers are beautiful. Great eye you have for design!


Title: Re: A great way to use up scrap yarn! Brooches!
Post by: meekssandygirl on February 23, 2009 11:37:45 AM
Thank you all so very much for your kind words, I really appreciate it!

I would really like to do  a photo tutorial, so when I start on the next one I am going to take pictures along the way and explain how I did it. So keep an eye out!

Thanks again!


Title: Re: A great way to use up scrap yarn! Brooches!
Post by: Belladune on February 23, 2009 11:49:19 AM
thats awesome!  I'd so be up for a tute!


Title: Re: A great way to use up scrap yarn! Brooches!
Post by: sixblueirises on February 23, 2009 11:52:35 AM
Those are really cool. I totally wisted one!


Title: Re: A great way to use up scrap yarn! Brooches!
Post by: engdom on February 23, 2009 12:13:30 PM
wow these are gorgeous.  i love how you mixed colors!


Title: Re: A great way to use up scrap yarn! Brooches!
Post by: mamarose22 on February 23, 2009 02:38:53 PM
I just love them all.  It's hard to pick a favorite.  I think I will have to try my hand at this.  However, I'll be on the lookout for your patterns/tutes. 


Title: Re: A great way to use up scrap yarn! Brooches!
Post by: pandamayhem on February 23, 2009 05:10:22 PM
What a gorgeous idea! The colors you chose for each go great together as well :)


Title: Re: A great way to use up scrap yarn! Brooches!
Post by: newfiegal on February 23, 2009 07:20:53 PM
Wow, Those Brooches are just awesome. You have a great talent, love the colors that you chose, Great job on all of them. Yes,We would love to know how they are made! Keep up the GREAT WORK!


Title: Re: A great way to use up scrap yarn! Brooches!
Post by: shelayla82 on February 23, 2009 09:25:10 PM
Beautiful and clever work.  I love the accents you added to the pins/brooches. 


Title: Re: A great way to use up scrap yarn! Brooches!
Post by: mypixiegirl on February 24, 2009 08:39:39 AM
they are beautiful and such a fantastic idea.


Title: Re: A great way to use up scrap yarn! Brooches!
Post by: antarcticraft on February 24, 2009 08:50:30 AM
These are so gorgeous - I just worked up a little pansy brooch for a swap a couple of weeks ago and was feeling so proud of it, and then I saw these and was just blown away! I love the combination of stitches and textures. I am definitely adding this to my (long in the future!) wedding ideas. I definitely agree that they'd be fabulous for a bridal party - and how cool to have flowers from your wedding that never died?!


Title: Re: A great way to use up scrap yarn! Brooches!
Post by: antarcticraft on February 24, 2009 09:06:00 AM
If you guys like these, you should check out my interview with meekssandygirl, our first featured hooker!

https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=291781.0 (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=291781.0)


Title: Re: A great way to use up scrap yarn! Brooches!
Post by: planetjune on February 24, 2009 09:20:22 AM
These are so pretty! My favourite is the first one - just lovely :)


Title: Re: A great way to use up scrap yarn! Brooches!
Post by: queenofdiy-com on February 24, 2009 02:03:11 PM
Oh these are so lovely! I especially love the colors in the first one.


Title: Re: *NOW WITH PHOTO TUTORIAL* A great way to use up scrap yarn! Brooches!
Post by: meekssandygirl on February 24, 2009 03:08:41 PM
I have now added a photo tutorial for this project, I hope it all makes sense, this is the first tutorial I have done so please bear with me! :)


Title: Re: *NOW WITH PHOTO TUTORIAL* A great way to use up scrap yarn! Brooches!
Post by: antarcticraft on February 24, 2009 05:02:11 PM
Oh, wow! I love your tutorial - very versatile, and it shows the mechanics while allowing for plenty of personal creativity.


Title: Re: *NOW WITH PHOTO TUTORIAL* A great way to use up scrap yarn! Brooches!
Post by: imthecutest81 on February 25, 2009 07:10:22 AM
These are Beautiful!!!  As someone else said these would be awesome for a wedding!  Monther of the bride and groom!  Maybe even make some for decorations of the church and reception area.  Too cute!!


Title: Re: *NOW WITH PHOTO TUTORIAL* A great way to use up scrap yarn! Brooches!
Post by: WooWork on February 25, 2009 01:46:58 PM
Those brooch bouquets are stunning! The loveliness and ingenuity of your work always make me weep! :)


Title: Re: *NOW WITH PHOTO TUTORIAL* A great way to use up scrap yarn! Brooches!
Post by: dsdiviny on March 04, 2009 12:30:54 PM
Wow very creative!  So bookmarking for a future crafting opportunity!


Title: Re: *NOW WITH PHOTO TUTORIAL* A great way to use up scrap yarn! Brooches!
Post by: spicecarrie on March 04, 2009 01:20:36 PM
Wow!! These are so pretty! Thanks so much for the photo tutorial!


Title: Re: *NOW WITH PHOTO TUTORIAL* A great way to use up scrap yarn! Brooches!
Post by: whitestar on March 24, 2009 03:21:41 AM
Gorgeous!


Title: Re: *NOW WITH PHOTO TUTORIAL* A great way to use up scrap yarn! Brooches!
Post by: Marishka on March 24, 2009 08:29:22 AM
That right there is a brilliant idea! I love the flowers and the way they look like arrangements.

Actually... I can see those becoming wall-hangings, corsages... lots of various uses! GENIUS!  :D


Title: Re: *NOW WITH PHOTO TUTORIAL* A great way to use up scrap yarn! Brooches!
Post by: Belladune on March 24, 2009 08:42:43 AM
you are my hero, thank you for the tute!!


Title: Re: *NOW WITH PHOTO TUTORIAL* A great way to use up scrap yarn! Brooches!
Post by: floridaflamingo on March 26, 2009 08:35:05 AM
Love, love, love.


Title: Re: *NOW WITH PHOTO TUTORIAL* A great way to use up scrap yarn! Brooches!
Post by: teachingjonah on March 26, 2009 01:42:43 PM
I don't know how I missed these when they were first posted.  They are beautiful!


Title: Re: *NOW WITH PHOTO TUTORIAL* A great way to use up scrap yarn! Brooches!
Post by: brannick on March 28, 2009 12:32:37 PM
These are great!! I'm definately going to be trying these!!! What a great idea!!


Title: Re: *NOW WITH PHOTO TUTORIAL* A great way to use up scrap yarn! Brooches!
Post by: ariaya on April 04, 2009 01:08:35 AM
Beautiful!!  Thanks so much for sharing the tutorial!  I think I might have to try making some of these.


Title: Re: *NOW WITH PHOTO TUTORIAL* A great way to use up scrap yarn! Brooches!
Post by: Petit-Bijoux on April 28, 2009 04:44:44 AM
Sooooooo sweet!!! Thanks for sharing the tutorial!!!  :D


Title: Re: *NOW WITH PHOTO TUTORIAL* A great way to use up scrap yarn! Brooches!
Post by: notsohipmama on May 04, 2009 04:35:22 AM
Wow, these are really pretty!  Thanks for sharing the tute!


Title: Re: *NOW WITH PHOTO TUTORIAL* A great way to use up scrap yarn! Brooches!
Post by: julietalpha on May 07, 2009 04:01:49 AM
They are soooo beautiful!  I love the curly bits and dangly pom poms!  This would have to be one of the best stash-busting project I've ever seen.  Thanks for sharing!


Title: Re: *NOW WITH PHOTO TUTORIAL* A great way to use up scrap yarn! Brooches!
Post by: talyra on May 07, 2009 08:27:37 AM
Every pattern book and magazine I've seen lately seems to have a knitted or crocheted corsage/flower brooch/hair thing/similar in it, but yours are the first I've seen that I've really, really loved. Absolutely stunning. I must wist these, bookmark this thread and make one.


Title: Re: *NOW WITH PHOTO TUTORIAL* A great way to use up scrap yarn! Brooches!
Post by: jungrrl on January 12, 2010 02:30:25 PM


Title: Re: *NOW WITH PHOTO TUTORIAL* A great way to use up scrap yarn! Brooches!
Post by: meekssandygirl on January 12, 2010 02:51:47 PM
I am honored! Thank you so much!!


Title: Re: *NOW WITH PHOTO TUTORIAL* A great way to use up scrap yarn! Brooches!
Post by: meggy_love on January 12, 2010 11:36:29 PM
these are beautiful! and you could add to bags, that would be really awesome :]


Title: Re: *NOW WITH PHOTO TUTORIAL* A great way to use up scrap yarn! Brooches!
Post by: Nannypoo on January 13, 2010 08:18:03 AM
I think your flowers are beautiful.


Title: Re: *NOW WITH PHOTO TUTORIAL* A great way to use up scrap yarn! Brooches!
Post by: TAA on January 14, 2010 08:06:10 AM
Oh.  My.  Goodness.  These are beautiful.  And, they're my favorite kind of inspiration ... the kind that makes me go directly to work on my making my own.  Again, beautiful.  And, congratulations!


Title: Re: *NOW WITH PHOTO TUTORIAL* A great way to use up scrap yarn! Brooches!
Post by: WeisserRegenbogen on January 14, 2010 10:53:16 AM
This is so extremely lovely! You made me wanna use up my leftovers :D


Title: Re: *NOW WITH PHOTO TUTORIAL* A great way to use up scrap yarn! Brooches!
Post by: cranberrry2001 on January 15, 2010 09:16:57 PM
Note to self - this weeken dI will learn how to crochet balls - they are adorable :) I want to add them to everything now! :D thank you for sharing :)


Title: Re: *NOW WITH PHOTO TUTORIAL* A great way to use up scrap yarn! Brooches!
Post by: LaborOfLove on January 16, 2010 01:38:22 PM
These are so great! Definitely useful for any special occasion!


Title: Re: *NOW WITH PHOTO TUTORIAL* A great way to use up scrap yarn! Brooches!
Post by: veggiechef on January 16, 2010 08:26:17 PM
I;m thinking Mothers Day gifts......Mom would love to wear this to church on her day!

Congratulations on your award.  You most certainly deserve it! ;)


Title: Re: *NOW WITH PHOTO TUTORIAL* A great way to use up scrap yarn! Brooches!
Post by: babukatorium on June 06, 2012 06:57:15 PM
Lovely!!! <3


Title: Re: *NOW WITH PHOTO TUTORIAL* A great way to use up scrap yarn! Brooches!
Post by: Diamantyna on June 09, 2012 01:37:33 AM
absolutely gorgeous, thanks for sharing , i will try :)


Title: Re: *NOW WITH PHOTO TUTORIAL* A great way to use up scrap yarn! Brooches!
Post by: PixieSkull on June 13, 2012 08:56:36 PM
They're so pretty, you have a great eye for color and texture mixing on these. Inspiring, for sure!


Title: Re: *NOW WITH PHOTO TUTORIAL* A great way to use up scrap yarn! Brooches!
Post by: becominghawk on June 14, 2012 01:10:20 PM
All of these are stunning and the tutorial is amazing. I'd never have thought of something like that. :D


Title: Re: *NOW WITH PHOTO TUTORIAL* A great way to use up scrap yarn! Brooches!
Post by: Le-Chat on July 01, 2012 03:38:14 AM
I LOVE them, thanks for sharing. I've been making single flower brooches for years but never had the idea of combining them in a corsage. Very inspiring, but I promise I won't ever make an exact copy.


Title: Re: *NOW WITH PHOTO TUTORIAL* A great way to use up scrap yarn! Brooches!
Post by: zenda129 on July 01, 2012 07:20:39 AM
I really love these, makes me want to make some flowers, very pretty!


Title: Re: *NOW WITH PHOTO TUTORIAL* A great way to use up scrap yarn! Brooches!
Post by: vickylove on January 24, 2013 04:16:25 PM
Pretty interesting brooches. I mostly see metallic crystal brooches. These brooches made from yarns are unique in a way.


Title: Re: *NOW WITH PHOTO TUTORIAL* A great way to use up scrap yarn! Brooches!
Post by: LimeRiot on November 27, 2013 08:57:01 AM
These are stunning! What a beautiful idea. They could be used for so many things - bags, pillows, brooches...