Fabric

Embroidered Irish Brooches

By  Kathleen Berlew 

size: 1-1/2" diameter

  • Embroidered Irish Brooches

Materials

  • Wool-blend felt, 4”x4”: dark sage, gold
  • DMC 6-Strand Embroidery Floss: (370) Mustard-MD, (680) Old Gold-DK, (781) Topaz-VY DK, (895) Hunter Green-VY DK
  • Pin backs, 1”, two

Tools

  • Embroidery needle

Basic Supplies

  • scissors, straight pins

Pattern - Embroidered Irish Brooches

  • 1. Note: Use two strands of floss to embroider brooches.
  • 2. Print out full-size patterns. Cut following shapes from felt: two large circles, one small circle, three shamrock petals, and one shamrock stem from dark sage; two large circles, one small circle, and three trefoil petals from gold.
  • 3. Refer to patterns to sew shamrock stem and three shamrock petals to small gold circle using 895 Hunter Green-VY DK and whipstitch. Sew trefoil petals to small dark sage circle using 370 Mustard-MD and whipstitch.
  • 4. Refer to pattern and embroider details onto brooches. For shamrock brooch, use 680 Old Gold-DK and split stitch to embroider small heart shape within each petal. Embroider details outside shamrock with 781 Topaz-VY DK and split stitch. Sew straight stitches inside heart on each shamrock petal using 781 Topaz-VY DK.
  • 5. For trefoil brooch, use 680 Old Gold-DK and split stitch to outline trefoil shape. Embroider outer detail lines between petals using 781 Topaz-VY DK. Embroider details on each trefoil petal and inside topaz outlines using 895 Hunter Green-VY DK and split stitch.
  • 6. To assemble shamrock brooch, sew gold shamrock medallion centered onto large dark sage green circle using 370 Mustard-MD and whipstitch. Sew pin back to center of plain large gold circle. Place completed shamrock medallion on large gold circle and blanket stitch around entire circle using 895 Hunter Green-VY DK.
  • 7. For trefoil brooch, sew green trefoil medallion centered on large gold circle using 895 Hunter Green-VY DK and whipstitch. Sew pin back to center of large dark sage circle. Place completed trefoil medallion on large dark sage circle and blanket stitch around entire circle using 370 Mustard-MD.