Rijks Museum Flower Brooch

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The pattern for this brooch comes from the Rijks Museum Collection. The Rijks Studio is designed to inspire people to get creative with their collection – and the Rijksstudio Award shows off the best things people have made using the collection.

I stitched it mainly with stem stitch and long and short stitch. The pink flower is done with some lovely silk threads my mum gave me a few years ago. It was nice to have a reason to use them! 😊

After stitching a brooch design, I cut it out with a bit of fabric all around. Then I glue the fabric to a piece of felt. The hardest part is waiting for the glue to dry before trimming it around the edges! I like using black fabric because it gives the whole shape a black outline.

Then I attach a brooch back – sometimes by stitching it to the felt before glueing, or sometimes I glue it to the back of the brooch after it’s been cut out.

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I'm a dye hard fan of textile history and come from a family of crafters. I'm interested in learning more about embroidery by trying out age old techniques with a contemporary twist. I hope you enjoy looking through my projects and that they inspire you to give stitching a try!

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