Last night at guild I was able to meet with Pat Winter, and she gave me the brooch I won in her blog give-away. Isn't it beautiful?
I was worried about getting a good picture; I wouldn't call this picture good, but it is adequate. The brooch is about 2 x 3 cm, and the amount of detail encrusted (well, I don't want to say crammed, because it is too beautiful) on this piece is amazing. There is the white tatting you can see, and at least 4 different fabrics; most of the stitching on the seams is done with Kreinik or fine silk; and there is a tiny heart charm plus a whole bunch of beads. There's a "big" flower stitched in the center and some adorable little red flowers with French knot centers along the side.
Now I have to apologize, because the back is just as nice as the front, but when I took this picture (at the crack of dawn, literally) I obviously wasn't awake to think of getting a picture of it.
I cleaned out my guild tote bag last night; it was getting too heavy to carry. I couldn't believe everything that was in there (enough for a couple of posts LOL). I found these polymer clay buttons that I received from Zuleykha after she received my polymer clay give-away.
The yellow one center bottom is up-side down, sorry! But most of the rest on the right side are cut from canes. You assemble a flower with larger pieces of clay into a snake shape, and then mush them down into a smaller circumference, and your picture gets smaller too. It's almost magical! The design is the same on the front and the back. The two penguin buttons and the strawberry pendant are sculpted, and so cute! I'm so pleased that someone this good at making things from polymer clay got the supplies.
Thank you both so much! Stitchy people are the best.