Millefiori Butterfly Brooches

(4 customer reviews)

£65.50

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A choice of brooches inspired by the intricate patterns of Italian millefiori (‘thousand flowers’) glass.

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Description

My granny had a wonderful collection of Italian millefiori (‘thousand flowers’) glass paperweights which I used to study for hours as they glittered in their cabinet.  These brooches are based on these delicate floral patterns, and use goldwork techniques in an array of modern multicoloured metallic threads.

Goldwork was traditionally used for wearable items, rather than just framed items, and these brooches are highly wearable.  They are formed by working on a base of firm calico in an embroidery hoop, padding using pre-marked felt shapes filled with sheep’s wool.  They are then embellished using a wide range of metal threadwork techniques such as the use of pearl purl, couching, cutting and applying small pieces of tubular metal purls, combined with spangles and beads.  The body is padded with threads before it is covered with pleated iridescent metal.

Once complete, the brooches are backed with 100% wool baize woven in the UK, and a sturdy brooch pin is added.

You may like to purchase a frame for your finished brooch.  These have been designed specially to allow your brooch to be displayed when not in use.  A front opening hinged door with magnetic closure allows access to the brooch when it is to be worn.

Available in two colourways:

  1. Gold: with turquoise and copper, with floral wing roundels and turquoise body
  2. Copper: with green and silver, with shamrock wing roundels and coppery body

Additional information

Weight 485 g
Dimensions 31.5 × 22.5 × 3.5 cm
Colour

Gold, Copper

Kit Contents - Copper Butterfly

  • 100% calico base fabric with design pre-printed
  • Pre-printed felt padding
  • Sheep wool padding
  • Pre-printed English wool baize brooch backing
  • Copper pearl purl, made in the UK
  • Copper bright check purl, made in the UK
  • Coloured metallic smooth purls
  • Coloured metallic couching threads
  • 100% silk-covered gimp, made in the UK for Jenny
  • Polyester sewing threads
  • Glass seed beads
  • Silver-plated spangles
  • Sequins
  • Cotton soft string padding
  • Mini beeswax
  • Fine beading wire
  • Brooch pin
  • Pot of conservation quality adhesive
  • All needles required
  • Detailed fully-illustrated instruction manual

Extra Kit Information

Each kit is designed with your stitching joy in mind and is lovingly created for you over many hours by our tiny family team in  the UK.

Every material you could need to complete the design, however small, is included in carefully labelled packets. Some kits include over 100 components!

We use only the very best quality materials, and many are made for us by specialist craftspeople sourced by Jenny throughout her career, and hailing from around the globe. Jenny’s skilled family members are often commandeered to make various bespoke components which could never be found otherwise.

Once you purchase a design, we want to you to enjoy and finish the project and therefore are always on hand to answer queries, however small or daft you feel they may be.

The highly comprehensive instruction manuals are written and hand-illustrated by Jenny, rather than using generic stitch diagrams. These are full of the tips and tricks required to express stitches and designs at their very best.

All design shapes are pre-printed on to the various materials included in your kit, to ensure that you have accurate design shapes to work from and can progress straight on to the embroidery without having to transfer the design yourself.

We also aim to provide various items for display or construction of the finished embroidery, allowing you the satisfaction of framing the piece yourself or turning it into a more unusual item such as a bag or book.

I hope that this special design will provide you with a VIP ticket to ‘Jennyland’, an all-consuming experience which will transport you a world of stitching pleasure and imagination. Enjoy!

KIT FAQs

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHAT DOES MY KIT INCLUDE?
Your kit includes all the fabric, threads and needles required to complete the design, together with a highly comprehensive illustrated instruction manual, written and drawn by Jenny. All threads are carefully packaged and labelled to denote where they are to be used in the design. We suggest you have a look through all the components to familiarise yourself with the complete kit before starting work. Where relevant, kits also include the materials required to construct the completed embroidery.

WILL I NEED ANYTHING ELSE TO ENABLE ME TO COMPLETE MY KIT?
Yes, but only basic embroidery equipment. A list of the items required can be found in the front of your instruction manual. All items can be purchased from our website. If you have any queries about equipment, please feel free to contact us for advice.

HOW MUCH EXPERIENCE DO I NEED TO BE ABLE TO COMPLETE THE KIT?
Most of our kits are designed for embroiderers with some experience, but the instruction manuals are extremely comprehensive and will teach you all you need to know.
If you have any difficulties, or need advice on the difficulty level of a certain kit, you are welcome to contact us.

I FIND TRANSFERRING DESIGNS ON TO FABRIC DIFFICULT
Don’t worry, the designs are all pre-printed for you!

CAN I POST IMAGES OF MY KIT/WORK ON MY BLOG/SOCIAL MEDIA/WEBSITE?
We will be delighted if you wish to show images of this project on your blog/social media/website, as this often inspires others to have a go! However, as a courtesy, please do let me know if you plan to do this, and be aware that blogging of techniques, step-by-step or close-up images, either of the project in progress, the instructions, and the kit contents, is an infringement of copyright. Please always credit the design source and always include Jenny’s website and contact details so that those reading your blog can get in touch. Please highlight any infringements of this copyright which you observe from others.

I AM STRUGGLING WITH A SECTION OF THE DESIGN
One of the most important aspects of buying a kit from us is that you have direct contact to Jenny by email and she will be happy to assist you and provide advice. We cannot always answer within the hour but we will get back to you as soon as possible. If you are really struggling and need more help, we can arrange a lesson for you or to complete the section for you.

I AM MISSING A COMPONENT IN MY KIT OR HAVE RUN OUT OF A THREAD
We do our absolute best to ensure these situations don’t occur, but your kit is made by humans rather than machines and we do occasionally have a senior moment! Please feel free to let us know and we will be happy to supply more.

I AM NOT HAPPY WITH MY WORK AND WOULD LIKE TO RE-WORK
We totally understand this – most embroiderers incline to perfectionism! While we sadly can’t provide more materials for free, please just let us know what you require and we will be very happy to supply more.

MY DOG/HUSBAND/HOOVER/SOFA/CAT/GOLDFISH ATE MY THREAD!
It happens! Not a problem. Just let us know what you need
and whilst we can’t send these for free, we are more than
happy to supply more.

MY THREAD IS DIFFERENT TO THAT IN THE PHOTOGRAPH OF THE DESIGN
Thread colours may vary somewhat due to dyeing processes and can appear different in reality due to photographic distortion. Due to limitations posed by suppliers, we also reserve the right to substitute project materials with suitable alternatives to those illustrated if absolutely necessary.

HOW CAN I FIND OUT ABOUT NEW DESIGNS?
Please go to Jenny’s website where you can join the mailing list to find out about all new releases. We promise only to send you relevant embroidery-related news and not to pass your details to third parties.

CAN I SUBMIT MY WORK TO A CRAFT SHOW OR COMPETITION?
We are delighted if you have enjoyed working the project and would like to submit your piece to a craft/country show competition etc. Please do let Jenny know if you are doing this as she would love to hear how you get on. Please always credit the design source and always include Jenny’s website and contact details so that people viewing the piece can get in touch.

CAN I TEACH THE DESIGN TO OTHERS?
If you have enjoyed working the project yourself and would like to share this with friends or wish to work the design with your students, you are welcome to contact Jenny for more kits. The kit and accompanying instructions must otherwise not be copied, reproduced or taught in any form without prior permission. This will otherwise infringe copyright. Multiple kit orders are welcome and can be supplied on a wholesale basis by arrangement. Please contact Jenny for more details.

I WOULD LIKE HELP WITH THE CONSTRUCTION OR DISPLAY OF MY FINISHED WORK
Excellent news. We hope you have enjoyed the journey and are delighted with the finished result! If you would like help with mounting or finishing the design, please feel free to get in touch. If you would like to order a frame, box or similar for displaying the finished piece, please visit the webshop.

Extra Requirements

To complete this kit, you will require the following equipment which can be purchased in the webshop by following the links below:

PLEASE NOTE that those items marked * are ESSENTIAL, whereas the other items are beneficial but NOT essential:

 

4 reviews for Millefiori Butterfly Brooches

  1. DeAnn Cataldie (verified owner)

    What a fabulous kit! Beautiful threads and detailed instruction! The instruction book with its pictures give you step by step instructions that are easy to follow. I ordered the Copper and just my have to stitch the Gold too!

    • Jenny-Adin-Christie

      Just a joy to read your lovely comments DeAnn!! I am so glad that you have been so pleased with the designs xx

  2. Debbie Cooper (verified owner)

    Thank you for a fabulous kit. The most amazing instructions to guide me through the making, with plenty of spare materials for any reverse stitching! Looks amazing as a finished item – my sister-in-law described it as an heirloom piece. Love it

    • Jenny-Adin-Christie

      Thank you for the lovely feedback x

  3. Louise Morgan-Jones

    I received the gold/turquoise butterfly kit as a Christmas present and I am about half way through stitching it now. Everything about this kit is excellent. The presentation is very attractive, the instructions are comprehensive with helpful diagrams and useful tips, all of the components are bagged up and labelled for each area of the design so there is no confusion about which beads/gold you need to use on each part. The colours are beautiful and I am finding it a joy to stitch.

    • Jenny-Adin-Christie

      Thank you so much for the really lovely comments and taking the time to write them! xxx

  4. Penelope (verified owner)

    I ordered this kit just before having surgery and it was awaiting me on my release from hospital. Well, it was just what I needed to cheer me up!
    My kit is gold / turquoise and it came beautifully boxed with a bow around. Inside are the most delicious selection of components, individually labelled, along with a set of spiral-bound instructions. These are probably the most comprehensive instructions I have ever seen and if I make any mistake then it will be entirely down to me.
    Everything about this kit is superb and I look forward to stitching it just as soon as I am well enough to get started. Thank you, Jenny, for making your wonderful designs, which I have long-admired, available to us all.

    • Jenny-Adin-Christie

      Thank you for such lovely comments!

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