Felt wartime jewelleryNovember 22, 2011
As I made no secret of it; I like to fiddle some creative things.
This time I had a little project going on with the famous felt wartime jewellery.
The most famous wartime jewellery piece was ofcourse the sweetheart brooch.
But soon the scarce materials used for jewellery were legislated against. Only wedding rings, cuff-links, identification bracelets, and studs were allowed for manufacturing, and even then ónly under licence. Jewellers, however, could still sell second-hand jewellery, and you could imagine that the newspapers were full of advertisements offering good prices for old baubles. Those who had enough money, always had their pre-war jewellery to fall back on.
Now, with the lack of jewellery DIY jewellery became all the rage. Magazines came out with ever so inventive ideas to make your own jewellery. With the rationing of clothing, women usually had only but a few dresses and weren't able to buy new ones. DIY jewellery became a part to make sure that it looked like as if a woman wore a completely new frock. Even before the war, button holes were a popular way of cheering up a ladies suit or dress, which had been worn to boredom.
I decided to fiddle around with some felt, and started to make some brooches to cheer up some plain old dresses I have hanging in my closet. I loved scooping around in a Crea art shop searching for the right materials. While making my wartime felt jewellery, I wore at the same time a 1940s cardigan I found on Europe's largest fleamarket. I am over the moon with it, and most important of all: it's warm! The buttons are beautifully carved edelweiss'. And yes, the edelweiss is my favorite flower!