Then we had end of terms sports days, leaving day and the start of our Summer Camp which lasts for 3 weeks. It has been busy.
But... in amongst that we have had lovely workshops at Carol and Pamela's as well as at home when my mum was up (first time she's ever been to mine so very exciting!)
So I've decided to show you what I've been making and demonstrating a lot lately. When I first saw the Scallop Circle die in the Mini Catalogue, I knew immediately it could be used for a flower. I got the idea from a smaller die that Sizzix do (not SU) but Stampin' Up's one is FAR better!
Here's what we made...
And here is a photo heavy tutorial (as I'm camera shy and not wanting to video it!)
Put your chosen felt through the Big Shot with the Scallop Circle die and draw this outline on it. (I've shown this part on card as it's easier to see) Draw the first ring of bumps close to the edge then as you go down a row make the bumps wider (so the petals are bigger on the outside of the flower) and increase the distance between each ring of the spiral (so the petals are smaller in height in the middle and larger at the outside)
Then cut your felt along the lines until you reach the middle, turn your shape over (so pen marks on the back) and place the cut edge furthest away at the top (as per the photo below)
When you have spiraled up all your felt you end up with a circular piece that acts as a flap at the bottom. I add glue to the edges of all your spirals (as shown below) and also the inside of the flap. Tombow is great for this unless you are not using wool felt. The poorer the felt quality, the stronger the glue you'll need.
This is with the flap glued into place, note the pen markings are underneath.
Then hand cut some felt leaves and glue one shorter one on the base of your flower. covering any pen markings. Then with a slightly longer felt leaf, slide the brooch pin on and secure the pin to the base with the leaf (as per the first photos).
Voila! A beautiful brooch! Carol and Pamela both wanted to try these at their workshops and we added pretty stamped tags and seam binding ribbon as a little extra! Have a look...