Today, we're touching on a subject close to my heart, literally, as I do love a good brooch, dear reader. The sparkly paste ones aside (of which I have many, more of those next week), I am rather pottily partial to the felt variety.
At Twinwood last weekend, I was very taken with this little ensemble in the CC41 exhibition.
I was first drawn by the dress, I also admired the shoes but then...I spotted the brooch. A lovely little hand-crafted number, made of felt, make do and mend style. (This reminds me, have any of you been catching the super series about Pathe newsreels on BBC4, showing loads of fantastic vintage footage, including some of the make do and mend variety?)
Then in one of the other huts, I spied this display with more lovely brooches. These felt ones look modern I think, looking at the colours of the felt, but made very much in the vintage 1940's style. I went a bit giddy at the sight of the photocopy of the booklet which shows how to make felty jewellery. I've been looking for one of these for the longest time, still no success alas. Never mind, I do like a mission!
This all made me think, perhaps you'd like a shifty at my little corsage collection?
Those ones are all vintage and very treasured possessions indeed. The one below is not really a corsage is it, but I thought I'd slip it in anyway. It's not in great condition but I'd been after one for a while, the fact that it's had a past life I rather like, anyhow. I bumped into Clare at Shepton Flea once who had bought one of these brooches and a note with it suggested it was worn by land girls. When I bought my brooch from a well-known '40s dealer, I asked her about it and she said she'd heard they were made by prisoners of way. Anyone else got a clue?
You might remember me making this little brooch using the pattern for the woolly flowers from Jane Brocket's book. I rather like this one, I generally wear it on this knitted top (purchased from the fantastic dealers, The '40s Room. It is new but made from an original pattern). I had a few compliments about my brooch when I wore it on this top last weekend. How very nice!
I am also rather partial to these little brooches and have a few in various colours bearing different embroidered words and decorations. I've made these myself and also made some to commission bearing the customer's own choice of word. (A few remain in my Etsy shop here.)
It's not a vintage design but I hope it captures the spirit in a fresh and modern way. It's currently living on this fab original knitted cape from the '40s (bought at Vintage at Southbank).
What really got me onto this post today was that I decided to indulge in a little corsage making. I purchased this sad little corsage at the '40s event in Pickering a few years ago. I like it a lot but as you can see, it was not that well stitched together and has fallen apart.
And I thought I'd have a little go myself! Et voila...
I have certain outfits I like to wear my corsages with. The divine pinky purpley one (bought from Donna during our weekend at Cowslip), goes fetchingly with one of my favourite 1940's frocks (bought from The '40s Room at Pickering a few years back).
The red one I've just made, I think may look quite nice with this vintage dress (bought last weekend at Twinwood).
This little felty number is an original '40s piece, also bought at Twinwood last weekend. My beady little eyes homed in on it and though it was a little pricey, I knew I would regret it if I didn't buy it. It will look swell, I think, on my most prized 1940's dress (bought at Vintage at Southbank). It really is a fabulous dress, beautiful heavy linen fabric in super condition, stunning Autumnal colours and such a classic '40s design with it's ruched bodice, gathered shoulders and flattering midriff panel. I cannot wait to wear it!
That my friends, is it for another week. Hope you enjoyed that virtual stroll through my felty flowers. Do you know, I think I'll pack my felt and my needle and indulge in a little more make do and mending this weekend. Hope it's a good one for you...