-Three colours of wool for the flower
-Two colours of wool for the leaves
-A button for the centre
-Two circles of green felt
-A Safety Pin
For this tutorial, I am using a 3.5mm hook (UK size)
For the Flower:
Round One: With your first colour (the middle colour for the flower) ch 6, loop round and join in first st to form a magic ring. *3dc, 2ch* into the middle of the ring. Repeat from * to * 7 more times (8 in total- it's a bit of a squeeze but keep pulling the stitches around the ring so that they all fit). Join with a sl st into the top of the first dc.
For the Leaves:
Round 4: Turn the flower over so you are working on the back. Join the new colour (for the middle of the leaves) on at the st (from round 2) between the petals. *Ch 4 and sc in the the next st between the petals. Ch 7. Insert hook 1 ch from the hook and sc 6 back down the 'spoke'*. Repeat from * to * all the way around, join with a sl st into the first st. Fasten off. (7 'spokes' in total)
Round Five: Turn the flower again so that you are working from the front (petals facing upward). Join a new colour (for the outer leaf) in one of the centre ch sts between two 'spokes'. *1tr into the base of the 'spoke', then 2tr, 1dc, miss a st, picot with 2chs (this should take you to the tip of the leaf). For the other side, work in reverse- miss a st, 1dc, 2tr, 1tr. Sc into the middle ch st between the next 'spoke'.* Repeat * to * all the way around, then sl st into the bottom of the first leaf.
You have now completed the flower!!! To turn it into a broach measure the circle made by the leaves at the back of the flower, make a paper template and cut two felt circles- these should fit nicely into the circle, slightly overlapping the chain stitches (the dark green inner rim in my photos-my circle was about 5cms in diameter). Take one of the felt circles and hold it in position. On the other side of the flower, place a button over the central hole (it should be slightly larger than the hole to make sure it doesn't slip through)- stitch the button to the felt, sandwiching the flower in-between.
Take the second felt circle and stitch the safety pin to the middle.
So there you have it!! A waterlily flower broach! Let me know how you get on!