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 Art Deco Brooch
©2005 by Cynthia Rutledge

The Art Deco Brooch - ©2005 by Cynthia Rutledge

The “roaring twenties” lent a certain flair to a country that had been ravaged by war for years. The need for beautiful things, beautiful people and a grandness that had been missing all through WWI, was now blossoming into a revolution like no other in US history. Women’s clothing lost all of the inhibitions and conformities of the turn of the century. Jewelry was much more expressive. Beaded jewelry was back in fashion in the form of long necklaces called “Sautoir’s”.

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Art Deco Brooch embodies the style of the times. As with anything in fashion, brooches are back “in”. I have never thought they were out, as I do not follow fashion with anything other than a grain of salt. I do love to wear brooches. One of the first pieces I ever made in beadwork was a cabochon brooch. They are like little pieces of art on a jacket, coat or sweater. Some however, don’t like to wear brooches, so we will talk about how to turn the piece into a necklace in class.

The petals are made out of Herringbone stitch with a bridging technique to form an open work look to the flower. The petals are then stitched down to a Herringbone disc then a Peyote stitch disc is embellished with pearls and stitched on top of the petals.

Skill level: Intermediate to advanced.

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