Don't blame me for that pun, I took it right off the
magazine ad for Piecework's brooch contest.
Deadline for receipt of entries is April 1. Here it is March 23 and I only just finished my entry! Yikes.
I really hadn't thought I would enter until the other day. Naturally it would have to be something Quick.
Stringplay to the rescue! This is a grape cluster and the twelve grapes are simple Hedebo rings.
Wrap your string (in this case #12 pearl cotton) ten times around a pencil or knitting needle and then work buttonhole stitches all the way around. When you have the twelve little rings made, attach them together in a grape cluster and put a little faux pearl in each one.
The tendril is a length of pearl cotton wrapped around a small dowel (or watercolor brush handle; must be resourceful!) and stiffened with white glue.
The leaf was a puzzle that I left until last. I found this one in the bead section.