Inspired by a recent post on the lovely re:retro blog featuring 1950s brooches, I thought I’d dig a few of mine out. I wear them a lot in the winter on jacket and coat collars/lapels (and sometimes on hats), but am going to try to remember to wear them more in the summer too.
Making brooches is also a great DIY project, as so many different designs and mediums can be used. Here are a few I have made over the years, using techniques including crochet, enamelling, embroidery and silver smithing:
The brooches I have collected tend to fall roughly into one of three categories: brooches made by contemporary designer-makers, vintage sparkly brooches, and ‘novelty’ brooches. Here are a few of my favourites:
Contemporary designer-maker brooches:
Vintage sparkly brooches:
Well-chosen brooches are like a little artwork that you can wear, and it’s nice to see that more and more contemporary designer-makers in the UK seem to be including them in their collections. Long live the humble brooch!