Friday, September 10, 2021

Darn it! - Teneriffe Lace fillings - creating solid pattern blocks on yo...


I had a phone call this week from a lovely customer who's just about to embark on her Teneriffe lace making journey. She asked about more videos to help out when she was ready to try something more complicated. So, here's the first!

I will try to work a bit of an occasional series here, to show the different filling and decorative stitches. 

I hope you find it useful!

All hands on deck at the moment - all orders from our show this week have been dispatched, and thank you everyone again.
Book 2 in the new "Making Buttons" series (Thread Wrapped Buttons) is well underway - in fact, should be proof reading this weekend. To be fair, I had started it at the same time as the Dorset Ring Buttons book - it was just a case of which to finish first. And, already prepping for the next The Craft Store show, on Sept 22nd - we are going to be looking at ribbonwork for this show. I've an idea for a project pack I'm hoping to get through over the weekend.

But tonight, a big glass of wine and maybe even some cheese! 

Have a great weekend everyone.

Sunday, September 05, 2021

How to make a magic wand with paper & twigs / PaperLathe & passementerie...


I'm really sorry for the delay in keeping up with the blog and the videos! We've been working some long hours, prepping for shows, packing, and working on new kits and books. To be honest, on Friday of this week I was sure it was Wednesday, so you can imagine :)

I recorded this video quite some time ago - originally it was going to be sent to The Craft Store for their blog, but the timing wasn't right, so I kept it by. I hope that some of you will find some inspiration and see that the PaperLathe system can be used for other items - not just tassels.

Speaking of The Craft Store, we are back on Tuesday the 7th, at 11am with Teneriffe Lace. I do hope you'll be able to tune in. Right, best go make some lace samples ready for demos, don't you think? Have a lovely weekend, what's left of it.

Friday, August 13, 2021

How to make a Kanzashi flower using stamping & sewing / make a kanzashi ...


Sorry I haven't been keeping the blog as up to date as I should. It's been a really hectic couple of weeks and thank you all for your support with new new book. I don't think we kept anyone waiting too long with our packing for the post.

A new video - just going over some of the steps to make a sewn kanzashi flower, using our new stamp set. I did promise I would do a video of the stitch technique, and many find the slow drying nature of the glue a bit frustrating - and who can blame them. 

Knowing the stitch technique comes in really handy when you want to make big petals and the glue often doesn't hold them well. Traditionally the flowers are very small and delicate, and of course perfectly made by masters, but having something big and bold is great too. It would probably also work really well with those fabrics that the glue just doesn't work with.

Have a great weekend everyone, and stay safe and well!