Aggressive Feminist Crafting: Take-No-Sass Brooches

Right now I’m really into aggressive fashion. Not aggressive as in fluoro. Aggressive as in wearable war cries. I’ve dressed adorably for so long now; I’m getting kind of drunk on the power of offending people through embroidered felt brooches. For the sartorialist that wants to definitively let the world know they disapprove of the patriarchy, subtle fashion coding can only go so far. You can get an alt hair-cut and rip up a pair of fishnets, but eventually you’ve just got to write “fuck the patriarchy” on a necklace and be done with it. So we’re talking angry feminist crafting: the sort of swag you can order off Etsy. You COULD just click “add to cart” – OR, if you want the satisfaction of wearing your very own badly-stitched feminist jewellery, you can get your pinking shears out and get crafting. Let’s do it. Our aim today is to look sort of like my friend Laurel. Best way to buy college essays to be shure that you will get good mark!

Laurel in various amazing brooches.

Craft Princess.

Laurel always has the best cheeky brooches. Like the embroidered pink leather “FEMINISTA” badge she made for her girlfriend who lives in Spain. Or the take-no-sass “ACADEMIC” pin she wears to the library just to make the point that she’s an Honours student. If I can make tiny embroidered badges with little to no sewing experience, YOU CAN TOO. For my first attempt, I went for the classic Etsy-inspired “feminist killjoy” pin.
Feminist Killjoy completed brooches.

No time for subtle.

First of all, you need to go to the craft store and get some sheets of felt in whatever colours you feel in the moment. Green and purple have the added bonus of implying you’re a lesbian. I bought some white embroidery thread, and banked on having scissors, sewing needles and glue at home. Obvs you need brooch backs too so cialis viagra the finished product is actually functional as jewellery. When you get home make a G&T and spread out your supplies. Your first task is to cut out the banner shape from a piece of paper to use as a pattern. If you’re a perfectionist you can probably print one off the internet, but I just freestyled with a lead pencil until I had what I wanted. Feminist brooches play by nobody’s rules. Cut out the banner shape and pin it to the felt. You’ll want to cut two identical shapes out of the felt for each brooch ‘cos if your brooch is going to fight the patriarchy it’ll have to be sturdy.
Scissors and half-made felt shapes.

Not pictured: sewing snacks.

Now to sew your slogan. Split the embroidery thread so it isn’t too chunky, and spend about 20 minutes trying to thread the needle. Embroidery is literally just little stitches (duh), and they can be as imperfect and irregular as you want, so long as it’s legible. Start at the F. Go-for-it. I did about 4-8 stitches per letter. Once you’ve finished embroidering, it’s brooch time. You’ll need to glue on the matching felt shape. tadalafil citrate This is to cover up the loose threads on the back and give it extra oomph. You could hypothetically sew the pieces together, but I was getting pretty lazy at this point. I don’t have a hot glue gun or any such thing, so I was ridiculous and just used superglue. It got the job done. The downside is that most glues slightly discolour felt, but I had different priorities. Aggressive feminists are no strangers to choosing their battles. FINAL TOUCH: glue on the little brooch back. If you’re sensible, ignore my sildenafil online advice and spend three minutes actually sewing it on.

I have a low tolerance for embroidery thread.

My greatest revelation in all this is that you can make pretty much anything into a brooch. Who’d have thought. Ever since I glued that first brooch back to felt I’ve viagra samples free pfizer been wild for turning anything/everything into jewellery. The possibilities are ENDLESS.
Heart shaped NO brooch.

Brooch out for the boys.

Current brooch wish list: “AS IF” in felt letters, an embroidered “hyena in petticoats” pin, “FAT” stitched into red lips. A “WOOLF WOOLF” brooch because I’m a tragic for my own website. Stay tuned. I might even branch out into necklaces soon and make a cute statement piece for family dinners. Streets of Sydney better watch out. So, do I look like Laurel yet?
Wearing brooch.

Sweetest little feminist killjoy you ever seen.

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Michelle is co-founder, editor and #1 fan of Woolf Woolf. She lives 50% of her life in the real world, and the other 50% on twitter. Michelle is into recreational feminist problematising, vintage decadence, cycling, swing-dancing, and cultivating her Bettie bangs.