Cross Stitch Brooch

July 05, 2020


Hello lovelies,

it is July already, how did this happend? Every month feels like a century but they still passed away so quickly?
So when I stumbled upon that brooch I made in May, I almost couldn't remember I ever did this.

In December last year I bought a book on embroidery at the women's guild bazaar. In May, I found the  book again and decided to do a brooch from it, as I needed a break from a bigger project. It only took a few hours to make and it really relaxes me.

The book is called "better homey and gardens, Embroidery" and was first printed in 1978. I love old sewing and handicraft books and I already have a small collection.
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When I was at the bazaar, I opened the book at precisely this page and decided that I not only need to have the book, but also do the embroidery. I love roses and brooches and this looked like a cute and fun project.
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I cut off a bit of fabric from a longer roll and started with the embroidery. It was then when I already made half of it, that I found a mistake I made right at the beginning. Oh, well. I made it again when coming up on the right side so it kind of looks intentional now.

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I am not sure how long it took, probably about 5-6 hours or more? I remember doing it in one go. 
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To make the brooch, I measured out 1cm seam allowance and cut. 
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I pulled the edges to the back and glued a piece of felt the raw edges. 
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I didn't want to stuff the brooch as seen on the picture and therefore my brooch is very flat.


After this step I took a long break because I did not find my gold cord. I think I found the thread three weeks later and whip stitched it to the outline of the brooch.
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And all that was left was to add a brooch pin and it was done.
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I gave it to M. because I usually do not wear brooches, and he immediately wore it for the lolita picknick.
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It fits him a lot better, especially in combination with the peppermint fox brooches.

I hope you all stay safe and healthy,
all the best,


Auris Lothol

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