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I thought I’d share it again with you lovely blog readers today because it’s Small Business Saturday – a good positive thing to celebrate after all the full-on consumer madness of Black Friday and Cyber Monday…! It’s a really good reminder that although it is brilliant when people spend money in my Etsy shop (10% off 2-3 December!), make a donation to my blogging efforts or book up for one of my sewing workshops, it’s also (almost as) wonderful when you share my blog, leave a comment, say hi on Facebook, or drop by and click a heart on Instagram. Sometimes, when I’m feeling gloomy, a kind word makes all the difference!

I’d also really appreciate your votes in the quilting category of  2018 British Craft Awards. I’m so delighted to be nominated again.

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And if you have money to spend – here are just some of the goodies I have for sale over in the shop – 10% off right now!

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Mini-tutorial: making a brooch back for a crochet or knitted flower

I’m stitching brooch backs on lots of crochet flowers at the moment, in preparation for our Artists and Makers Market: Christmas Edition at Spode in Stoke – I am so looking forward to filling my stall with lots of lovely goodies for our first ever Market at our Studios!

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I like the backs of the flowers to look as pretty as the front, so I make a nice sturdy wool felt base (which really helps the flower to keep its shape, long-term) with a proper brooch back. So inspiration struck for this blog post – if you’re as much of a neat freak as me, here’s my way of putting those final finishing touches to a lovingly crocheted or knitted flower.

It works particularly well with my crochet flower pattern – not surprisingly, but can be modified for all kinds of crochet or knit flowers, as long as they have a flattish back.

Making a felt back for a crochet or knitted flower

You’ll need some wool felt, stranded embroidery floss and a brooch back for this project. Oh yeah, and a crochet flower… Here’s a pdf version if you want a copy of this tutorial to refer to.

Measure the back of your flower and subtract about 1/2 inch.

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You need to cut 2 circles of felt with the diameter that you’ve calculated. I use freezer paper to mark and cut out the felt – freezer paper will stick temporarily to the felt without marking it, and can be peeled off and used again to make several circles. But if you don’t have any freezer paper handy, don’t worry, you can mark a circle directly on the felt with a soft pencil. For this flower the measurement I used is about 3 inches.

Cut a circle with the required diameter from freezer paper and iron on to the felt.

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Cut out. Peel off the freezer paper and repeat to make another circle to match.

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Take 3 strands of embroidery floss, thread a needle and make a knot in the end of the thread.

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Bring needle from back of the felt to the front to start.

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Working around the flower, stitch a running stitch about 1/4inch from the edge of the felt, all round, making sure that the stitches catch some of the yarn at the base of the last round of crochet stitches, but also ensuring that the stitches you make can’t be seen on the front of the flower. You don’t need to worry if the stitches are a bit messy, they’ll be covered up later.

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Take the second circle of felt and position the metal brooch back centrally, but slightly towards the top of the circle.

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Mark the felt to indicate either end of the brooch back. Make a cross for the hinged end of the brooch back, and a line for the other end.

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With a sharp pair of embroidery scissors, snip where you have made the marks, then unfasten the brooch back and push the hinge end and the catch end through the felt – the brooch back pin also needs to get fed through the felt. This is how it should look:

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And on the back it will look like this:

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Stitch into place on the back, making sure that your stitches only go through the top layer of threads in the felt, and don’t show on the front.

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Here’s how it should look when you are finished:

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Place over the top of the first piece of felt:

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Join the two circles of felt with a running stitch (a bit neater this time, because it will be visible on the final brooch), to finish off.

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And so your flower is complete, and ready to wear!

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All the links in this project are to my wonderful sponsors – Cloud Craft. A great shop to go to for all your hand stitching needs, and for wool felt fanatics too.

Overlapping petals crochet flower pattern

It’s such a long time since I added to my list of crochet patterns available here on my blog. So here’s a simple, free crochet pattern to make a pretty two layer flower with overlapping petals. This would look lovely made up as a brooch, or an embellishment for a hat or bag. And you can make smaller versions for hairclips or little purses too! It’s a lovely versatile design that I really hope you will enjoy using.

Free pattern: Crochet flowers two layers overlapping petals

Pattern notes:

The pattern can be worked up in any yarn with the appropriate hook. I used gorgeous Rowan Summerlite DK (it comes a a delicious range of colours – I used Ocean, Rouge and Lagoon) kindly provided by my sponsors, the fabulous Black Sheep Wools, and a 5mm crochet hook (finished size of flower is about 4 inches across). This pattern needs fairly loose stitches, so if you feel your flower looks a little… um… tense, then go up a hook size.

Crochet flowers with 2 layers and overlapping petals

This pattern is written in USA crochet terms –  here are the conversions and abbreviations for you:

  • Chain (ch) = chain
  • Chain space (ch sp) = chain space
  • Slip stitch (ss) = slip stitch
  • Single crochet (sc) = double crochet
  • Half double crochet (hdc) = half treble/triple
  • Double crochet (dc) = treble/triple
  • Triple crochet (trc) = double treble

Pattern:

Make a magic circle (like this, or I like to make a double loop – here’s a great video showing how):

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Round 1: Make 12 sc in the circle:

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Tighten the ring and then join the circle with a ss in the first sc:

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Round 2: Make *7 ch, skip the first sc and make ss in next sc. Repeat from * 5 times, join final 7 ch with a ss in same place where you joined round 1.

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How your flower should look after you have completed the second round.

Round 3: In the first 7 chain space make 2sc, 4hdc, 1dc, 4hdc, 2sc. Here’s how it should look after the first couple of petals:

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Repeat in the other five 7 ch sp. Don’t join this round.

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How the flower should look when you have completed round 3.

Round 4: Working with the front of the flower facing you, in the standard way, bend the first petal forward:

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Make 1 ch, then ss in the first sc you missed in the second round, then ch 8:

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Bend the next petal forward, and ss in the next sc that you skipped back in round 2:

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Repeat all round, then join with ss, underneath that one chain you made at the beginning of the round. Here’s how it should look from the back:

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Round 5: With the front of the flower facing you, bending the petals of the first layer out of your way, make 2sc, 2hdc, 4dc, 1 trc, 4dc, 2hdc, 2sc in the first 8 ch sp:

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Repeat all round, then join with ss to first sc.

Fasten off and weave in ends.

free crochet pattern for 2 layer flower with overlapping petals

Thanks so much to Black Sheep Wools for providing the yarn for this project.

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