So I packed up all the equipment, beads and findings and put it away for future inspiration. Although I like to think of myself as Super Woman, I can't serve more than one master at a time and be efficient in all. My cape got a little worn for wear as there was too much crafting and not enough time for living. I went a little crazy and now have thousands of dollars worth of handmade beads lining closet shelves and stuffed into boxes waiting for their chance to shine! Poor little beads, I loved you so, but had to let you go! Another time, maybe even another life, as hooking has to be my main squeeze for now!
Charlene showed me how to make these darling little roses out of the salvage edges of wool. You just start with a tight jelly roll for the center and then as you go around and around, every now and then turn the wool strip upside down to create the rolled over edge for the petals. No two will look alike and they really do represent a rose. You sew the back as you go, then apply the leaves, cover the back with a piece of wool and sew or glue on a brooch pin bought in any craft shop.
I left the finished roses on the sales counter and several people commented how cute they were so I gave them away. They would make a cute little gift or put them on a present in place of a bow and if you put two or more together as a cluster, they make a larger brooch!
If anyone is interested in a doing a little 1/2 hour workshop to make a few of these, let me now and I'll arrange it.