Post # 1
Ever since I saw Ms. Stripes’ brooch bouquet, I knew I wanted to create one of my own. I had a little trouble putting mine together free form, and saw a tutorial online for one that used fake hydrangeas as a base. My mom helped me put this one together.
It doesn’t look like Ms. Stripes’ and I don’t know how good it really looks. I know you lovely ladies will tell me the truth. Below are the pics, please tell me what you think!
Post # 3
I think that’s a great start! My only piece of advice would be possibly adding more colorful brooches. I think it could make it seem more dynamic, and I find that the bright and colorful brooches are the ones that remind me of real flowers and are the most interesting.
Post # 4
I think it looks great, but the big brooch is creating a flat space, in an otherwise round shape. If it were me, and I was going for a rounded look, I would move the big brooch somewhere else in the bouquet or maybe take it out all together. If this is the look you are going for then leave it alone. It is lovely.
Post # 6
Thank you for the quick responses! Our wedding colors are red, white, grey and black, so I wanted to keep with that theme.
Post # 7
Some angles look really good, others look funky.. I think you need to just keep working on the placement of all the brooches
Post # 8
its awesome, i love wonky:)
Post # 9
i made one too! (can’t find my camera with the pic, but ill upload later if i find it) – i would play w the placement a little – it looks like you have most of the larger brooches centered, and the smaller ones around the edges. i would mix that up a little bit to give it some balance
Post # 10
i think you did a good job with it, but it looks a little small. Do you have more you can add or other fillers to give it more prominence? You’re on the right track!
Post # 11
I agree with @noritake22: about the big brooch making it look flat. I think its a great start but I would also move some of them around to make it look round
Post # 12
Again, thank you for all your responses.
I bought another hydrangea when I picked up the first one and my Future Sister-In-Law said she thought it was a little overwhelming having such a large bouquet of color.
@ItWasntMe: I used Ms. Stripes’ instructions so I have 35 more “flowers” in a ziploc bag. When we started putting it together, I noticed that I had tons more white, blingy and red ones than I did the others. I was really worried about the bouquet not looking cohesive, so I stuck with these.
Will the bigger bouquet over power me/my dress? What if I use lots of different colors and finishes (gold/silver)?
Fluffing and rearranging are top on my to-do list today! 😀
Post # 13
It’s a great start – I would get rid of the big pink pieces. They kinda clash.
Post # 14
I don’t think it will overpower you at all, since the one showing you holding it is where it looks small (to me, anyway).
If I were doing it, I’d probably practice gathering it a few different ways. Maybe gather all the black for the center and stagger the reds around the base? Maybe get all the reds in the center and disperse the black along the sides? There’s a million ways you can design it, so pick one that’s most pleasing to YOUR eye…and then take pictures holding it along the way.
Post # 15
I think it looks great!!! I coulnt have done that! 🙂
Post # 16
Another thing, in the tutorial I read here, the hydrangeas aren’t even supposed to show. 🙁 However, if I use all the colorful brooches, I think it might be nice to see a little white.
The reason I ask about overpowering is because *no one* I’ve shown the bouquet to has understood it. Like, not even the concept of ‘brooches act just like flowers except they don’t die and isn’t it nice to be vintage and non-traditional?’ If people at the wedding won’t understand it, I don’t want to push their face in it. Irrational?
The only thing about playing around with it is that the wire is cumbersome, so when I see something that looks “good,” I have a tendency to tape those suckers up so it doesn’t lose its shape. Excellent for my control-freak nature, but not so good for the fluffing or pulling up certain brooches.