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Once your circles, or flowers, or whatever are complete, you need to stitch them together discreetly so that they will hold well when worn as the brooch. Sew in any loose yarn ends. Choose a co-ordinating button and stitch it in the centre of your flowers, making sure it is well secured.
Now for the brooch pin. These little pins are quite inexpensive and can be bought online or at craft shops. If the back of your brooch will give you enough purchase you can go ahead and stitch the pin backing directly to your crochet. Sometimes however, there isn't quite enough substance to hold the pin back in the right place. If this is so, you can follow this handy little tip I picked up at a fab brooch making workshop by Judith- simply cut a small felt circle, sew the brooch pin to the felt about two-thirds of the way up and then glue the felt and pin to the back of your crochet. Leave until the glue dries and then pin the brooch to your coat and wear proudly!
And, for those not so interested in trying crochet for yourself, there are these two little brooches:
'Start Crochet', Jan Eaton - great instructions, clear pictures and progress through techniques into projects
'Cute and Easy Crochet', Nicki Trench - good illustrations of the stitch techniques, fun projects
'200 Crochet Blocks', Jan Eaton - great book of crochet squares for making samplers, cushions etc
'201 Crochet Motifs, Blocks, Projects and Ideas', Melody Griffiths - I wouldn't recommend for a beginner, but for those with experience this book has a great selection of motifs for crocheting
'Crocheted Throws and Wraps', Melody Griffiths - definitely for the more confident crocheter, but gorgeous selection of throw patterns