Friday, 11 May 2012

Brooch the Subject #Folksy Friday#

Welcome to my Folksy Friday blog post!  This rather neglected and unloved bag in my Folksy shop is made from wool tweed and it has a butterfly brooch hand stitched to the centre of the bow.  The brooch belonged to my Mum.  Sadly, my Mum died 18 months ago and I inherited some bits of her jewellery. As I don't tend to wear brooches, rather than let this beautiful brooch stay stored away, I decided to give the brooch a new lease of life on this bag, because I felt the bag needed a lift. I think the brooch does the job!

I decided to devote this blog post to that unsung hero the humble brooch.  I have been fascinated by the huge variety of brooches that are available on Folksy.  Before I opened my shop on Folksy, my idea of a brooch was a piece of jewellery just like my Mum’s brooch on the bag.

WOW!  Did I have my eyes opened when I came to Folksy!  There are such amazing brooches on offer, with an immense array of colour, fabulous materials, stunning subjects and awe inspiring techniques.  When I did the search it was overwhelming to see so many! Of course, it was very difficult to choose a few for my blog!  But I persevered and certain ones did start to jump out at me!

I love colour, texture, embroidery, buttons, fabric etc. so you will have to forgive my bias towards this in my selection!  I hope more women will start wearing brooches – it would be nice if it became THE latest trend or essential fashion accessory!  And of course, this would help with the sales for the makers of these gorgeous items.

I had a great time looking at all the beautiful brooches available, so I hope you will enjoy perusing this small selection of lovely brooches. Don’t forget to click on the photo to view the item in the shop!

From top to bottom:  Pantsandpaper,  Dottery Pottery,  Leanne Woods Designs,  Oakapple & Rose,  NOfkantsCurios,  Ellie's Treasures,  Buttercup Boutique,  Lynwoodcrafts,



  1. Wow - what a great collection of brooches - they look brilliant all together. I love the little toadstool!
    Thanks so much for including my bird brooch in your blog feature today.

    Sarah x

  2. These are great. Dotterypottery - your little bird is so cute! Love this selection. I agree Edwina, we should start a new trend!!

  3. A lovely collection, featuring many of my favourite makers and shops! Thanks for sharing! xx

  4. Thank you so much for including my little floral embroidered brooch, so kind of you!

    I love brooches, I have always worn them, must have been ahead of my time! LOL!

    Natalie x

  5. A lovely collection and I very much like the way in which you have presented your finds. Thank you for including my poppies brooch!

  6. lovely brooches. I love brooches, though I don't make them as often as I used to.

  7. Hi Edwina,
    thanks for featuring my brooches in your rather fabulous blog!


  8. Thank you for featuring my fairy toadstool brooch. Love all your choices - so colourful and pretty. Elaine x