How to Make a Bouquet Ring Brooch

Originally a craft from Victorian times, this easy yet intricate brooch is an enduring craft. During the Second World War, it experienced a revival in popularity when rationing made it hard to find new jewellery. And with the current trend back to making things for ourselves rather than buying ready-made, it's an ideal time to try it for yourself. The brooch is made using embroidery floss woven onto a nickel-plated O ring.

Steps

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    Thread your needle using surround thread colour. Form a looped knot at the end of the thread. Pass a needle through center of the ring and through the loop in the thread and pull tight.
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    Using buttonhole or blanket stitch, stitch round the entire O ring. Keep the stitches close enough to cover the metal underneath; make adjustments as you go. When you reach the end, thread the needle through the last few stitches and cut the thread to give a neat finish.
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    Thread the needle with green thread. Thread the embroidery floss through the bottom stitches and tie off. Using long stitches in an 'X' formation from the top to the bottom of the ring, form around 8 to 10 stitches. Finish this step by running the thread through the buttonhole stitches and cutting close to the ring to form a neat finish.
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    Using different floral-coloured threads, form French knot stitches randomly over the top half of the green threads. This will form the flowers of the bouquet. Keep adding differently coloured French knots until it forms a thick blanket of French knots in multiple colours.
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    Stitch a safety pin behind the blanket of French knots. Keep the open side facing outwards.
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    Finish off. Either add a bow made of embroidery floss or fine ribbon below the blanket of French knots. You now have a lovely little brooch that will be admired.

Tips

  • Match the floral colours to a favourite outfit.
  • Practise doing French knots on a spare piece of fabric if you're not confident with this stitch.
  • Female 1940s re-enactors may find that these brooches add a true element of realism to their outfits.

Warnings

  • To avoid pricking your finger on the safety pin when fastening to the back of the brooch, thread a small piece of paper onto the pin at the open side so that you can see which side needs to be stitched and close the pin. Remove the paper once it has been sewn onto the brooch.

Things You'll Need

  • 1 of 1 inch (2.5cm) to 1.5 inch (3cm) O ring
  • Skeins of embroidery floss or tapestry thread in green, floral colours and your choice of surround colour
  • Embroidery needle
  • Safety pin
  • Fine silk ribbon (optional)

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