Thursday, March 17, 2016

Shamrock Brooch

May your blessings outnumber
The shamrocks that grow,
And may trouble avoid you
Wherever you go.
- Irish Blessing -


Happy St. Patrick's Day, my friends!
I hope your day is a delightful one :)

In honor of this day
I made a simple little shamrock brooch.




While whipping up this sweet brooch
I couldn't help but think of my dear Great-Grandma Maxie
for she was an Irish lass :)
She would always make corned beef and cabbage on this day. . .
Of course my family and I will be enjoying this delicious feast come evening.

Let me show you how I made this easy peasy brooch.

I started with some scrap fabric. . .
green tones, of course :)



For the bottom layer 
I used a strip that was about 3-inches wide and maybe 17-inches long.
I'm sorry I did not measure it.
The longer the strip is the fuller the bottom layer will be.




Fold the strip in half 
and sew a gathering stitch along the raw edges.




You will also do this with the second layer,
but do a smaller strip.




For the shamrock you will need to cut out three circles.
I used this sweet little dish as my template
and it is about four-inches in size.




Fold the circle in half.




Sew a gathering stitch along the outside of the fold.




Do this with all three.
You will use the same length of thread 
and simply add the next circle.
Attach the ends together
to create a shamrock.




I glued each layer together.
On the backside I attached pearls, ribbon, and seam binding.
Then I covered the back with a pretty shabby rose
with a clip attached to it.
You could sew on a pin,
but I prefer a clip because this way my brooch
can easily clip onto a jacket or in my hair.




On the front side you will see I added more decorative pearls
along with a pretty button and a shabby rose under the button.
And the finishing touch was the "Imagine" button.




O, the red rose may be fair,
And the lily statelier;
But my shamrock, one in three
Takes the very heart of me!
- Katherine Tynan -




For 'tis green, green, green, 
where the ruined towers are gray,
And it's green, green, green, 
all the happy night and day;
Green of leaf and green of sod, 
green of ivy on the wall,
And the blessed Irish shamrock 
with the fairest green of all.
- Mary Elizabeth Blake -








Thank you for visiting, sweet friends.
The last week has been rather busy 
which explains my absence in the blogging community.
I truly hope each and every one of you are well.
Take care, lovelies!

Love and hugs!




Never iron a four-leaf clover, 
because you don't want to press your luck.  
- Author Unknown -

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47 comments:

Melanie said...

Very cute! Happy St Patrick's Day to you!

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

Have a very sweet day. Your brooch is pretty.

Vee said...

Darling! I know that you are probably busy today making St. Pat's day special. Green pizza? Mint milkshakes? I am baking an Irish tea cake today for a lovely afternoon tea. I do believe that you have inspired me to create a little decoration for my niece's birthday gift. Her day has gone by, but she'll be receiving the gift today. Thanks!

mamasmercantile said...

A real delight, beautiful brooch perfect for St Patrick's day. Take care.

Miss Val's Creations said...

Happy St. Patrick's Day! The brooch is darling! I love the Irish blessings. :-)

Betty from My Irish Cottage Home said...

The brooch is so pretty and we are having the same dinner tonight. Happy St. Paddys day.

Roosterhead Designs said...

Lovely Stephanie!
And you are so gracious to 'go the extra mile' and share your techniques with us; thank you! It turned out beautiful~ Blessings to you, Karen O

Little Treasures said...

It's gorgeous Stephanie, like everything you do!

Simply Linda said...

Beautiful Stephanie...Happy St. Patrick's Day. Blessings

Anne said...

Happy St.Patrick's Day, sweet Stephanie!
God's blessings to you!

Debbie Harris said...

I'm still chuckling over that last quote you shared with us, so very cute!
What a fun post, Stephanie!
Look at you...you can create something beautiful even if it's green.
How beautiful for you to mention great grandma Maxie, oh she was a spit fire!
Life growing up was a joy with tons and tons of great times with her. I miss her a lot *sniffles* but oh what wonderful memories I hold in my heart.
Lovely, lovely post!

Have a beautiful day in all its glory.
Love you~

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Stephanie, I know your scrap fabric. I HAD those sheets -- LOVED them! Kept them till they were falling apart. You sure know how to use scraps of fabric!

Beatrice Euphemie said...

This little shamrock brooch is just so charming, Stephanie! I am pinning this to keep for next St. Patrick's Day - so cute to give to family and friends! Love all the Irish sayings, too. When I was a tiny girl just starting school, a dear older girl named Maxine took me under her wing and kept me safe at the bus stop and walked me home each and every day. I will always remember her kindness. All the Maxine's I've ever known were so kind and beautiful, just like your dear Grandmother. Happy St. Patrick's Day, my sweet. Hugs and blessings xo Karen

Kelly Deal said...

Your brooch is beautiful Stephanie! Thanks for sharing your tutorial and of course, Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Prunella Pepperpot said...

Happy St Patricks Day Stephanie.
I love your shamrock brooch, very creative. I love seeing the full effect of it on your model. Your Great-Grandma Maxie would have loved it!
Have a wonderful evening with hugs from Prunella :)

mari said...

Just adorable :-)

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

Your brooch is just adorable, sweet friend, and you always give the best directions! Thank you for sharing your creativity with us. Happy St. Patrick's Day! Love and hugs. ☘

Daniela said...

What a wonderful, fascinating post celebrating St.Patrick's Day traditions, I love your Irish shamrock !
Thank you for sharing this Beauty with us, dearest Stephanie, may the remainder of your week be filled with joy, and happy St.Patrick's Day today, of course, precious friend of mine !

With sincere thankfulness

Daniela

Anne Payne said...

Your brooch is so cute! I love it :)
Yum! Corned Beef & Cabbage, one of my favorite meals.

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

Very sweet! You reminded me that my son and husband wanted corned beef and cabbage! My husband usually cooks it, so maybe this weekend. Enjoy your dinner tonight!

Tamara said...

very very lovely dear friend! your photos are amazing. thank you for sharing your how-to. what a clever way to make the shamrock and the fabrics that you chose are so pretty.

blessings and hugs to you! <3

Anonymous said...

Thanks for this informative post.
HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY
Marilyn

sarah said...

Such a pretty brooch. And you make me hungry for corned beef (with cauliflower cheese, as is the tradition in my family.)

Celestina Marie said...

Lovely brooch Stephanie. Such a fun post for St. Patrick's Day. Hope it was special for you.
Blessings. xo

Margie said...

How cute! This morning, I enjoyed the Irish Breakfast Tea that was included in my giveaway win. Thanks again and Happy St. Paddy's Day!

Mary Hutchins said...

As always, very creative and very, very pretty! You always make me want to run to the sewing room!

Red Rose Alley said...

Stephanie, your shamrock brooch is so pretty. I love how you finished it off and put "imagine" on there. I love that word. How delightful are these Irish quotes. Did I ever tell you that I was married by a jolly Irish Priest? I loved him so. Oh, wouldn't it be nice to have had the Irish Breakfast tea today. It's one of my favorites.

Happy St. Patrick's Day, Stephanie! I bet you think about your great grandma Maxie on this day. :)

love, ~Sheri

Lynn Bean said...

This is so sweet! Great presentation! Have a great St Patrick's day!

Lady Linda said...

Happy St Pat's Day dear friend. Loved your little brooch...so cute.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

THAT IS SO, SO, CUTE!!!!!!!!! Love the Irish tea, too....Stephanie, your handiwork reminds me so much of my mum's work. Oh the joy of memory.

Beth said...

Oh, so pretty, sweet friend! A perfectly darling brooch...hope you had a lovely Saint Patrick's Day!
Blessings and love always...
Kelly-Anne

Sylvia said...

Very pretty Stephanie, I don't do much sewing these days, it's always nice to see each new item you make. You are blessed with talent in all you do. Have a great day,,my friend.

Kim said...

Such a sweet, sweet brooch, Stephanie. The word "imagine" opens one's world up to so many possibilities, doesn't it. Have a lovely weekend, dear friend!

Elizabeth said...

A lovely brooch! You are so creative!

Anna said...

A really lovely brooch !!!! Well done !!!
Have a fun weekend !
Anna

Julie's Lifestyle said...

Hello Stephanie,
I do hope that you had a nice St. Patrick's Day. I love your cute pin you made!
Wishing you a nice Friday and weekend.
Julie xo

Robyn said...

That is just the cuties brooch ever, Stephanie! How are you finding time to create these magical little gifts with your busy schedule? I just love your imagination, friend.
Much love to you. I feel like we are ships passing in the night these days. I miss you!

Tijana Momcilovic said...

amazing post dear :)
have a nice weekend! :)
Kisses,
Tijana

http://itsmetijana.blogspot.rs/

Gina said...

Stephanie, your brooch is adorable! You have so many wonderful ideas. Thank you for sharing them with us!

September Violets said...

What a pretty little shamrock brooch! Love all the special embellishments :) And the last quote "pressing your luck" ... the best!
Wendy

Denise said...

Always a relaxing joy to drop by and visit with You.Loved Your broach and Your pinch of the Irish.My Great Grandma was also Irish,I have such fond memories of Her.

Tania said...

Such a gorgeous little broach, and just perfect for St Patrick's day. Thank you for your generosity in sharing how to make one just like yours. Your beautiful crafts are inspiring.

God Bless,
xTania

Mrs.T said...

How beautiful, Stephanie! You are so incredibly creative! Thank you for sharing the how-to's for this lovely and versatile brooch.

Patti said...

Oh - so - pretty! What a fun brooch for wearin' the green! My BIL is working on my dad's genealogy - and, as I expected - we are very, very Irish. The family - waaaaay back - had a castle? Can you believe that? He always said he was English. Funny - they must have lost everything and came over to the US - since his family came on the first boat after the Mayflower. Thank you for the tutorial! Blessings sweet friend!

Debbie said...

gorgeous....so many beautiful details, you did a really nice job!!

SpicingUpIdaho said...

Such loveliness crafted in your talented hands Stephanie... I enjoyed the tutorial! We are not Irish here, but our daughter's birthday is on St. Patrick's Day, and so that is our big celebration for the day :) Hope you had a lovely special day, and your brooch is certainly perfect to keep you from getting a little pinch, lol! Hope you are having a lovely Saturday!

Conniecrafter said...

Beautiful brooch, your layering of it is so pretty and I love your design for the shamrock! So sweet!

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