Friday, January 21, 2022

Let's talk about button moulds! PLUS One Button A Week- week 2 - winter ...

Button moulds - what are they, and what can I use?

This topic came up this week over on our Facebook group, and I thought this would be a good thing to do as an informational video - sometimes seeing something is better than just reading about it.

Of course, we have loads of button moulds over on our website, but I know that international shipping does mean that some may not always be able to get what they want. 
But there are so many different things that can be used as a button mould, so I hope that this gives you a bit of an idea.

At the end of the video is more wonderful community contributions for the One Button a Week Challenge - week 2 with the prompt "winter". 

Do pop over to the blog for the challenge for the images and some other snippets about the challenge!

This weekend, it is all about winding wire and packing kits -

Yes, we are getting back into it and have a show over on The Craft Store on the 29th of January! We will be bringing ganutell kits - along with a new kit based on the Cloisterwork techniques - all sparkly and shiny wires and pretty flowers. 

For those of you who follow these things, last week was quite the week. The Craft Store took over Create & Craft (the tv shopping company where we started out). So, who knows, we may end up with some shows over there at some time!

Stay safe and well everyone!

Thursday, January 13, 2022

Adding a ring shank & button back PLUS Community contributions One Butto...

I'll be writing two blog posts this evening - one over on the One Button a Week blog as well as here - both slightly different...

Today's is a new video - with a little bit of an explanation of how I have made my button for this week, but more importantly, one of the methods I use to add a ring shank and backing to a button. 

Ring buttons are supposed to be "sew-throughs" of course. However, if you are working a Dorset tree, or posy, there will be spaces, that can look odd - a beautiful landscape and then the wrong colour fabric showing through, kinda ruins it. And you know, I also hate it when I've made a lovely ring button and someone sews it on badly, ruining my work.

So, here's one solution.

At the end of the video there are some community contributions for the first week of the challenge - pop over to that blog for pictures and more info about that.

Stay safe and well all. 

Wednesday, December 29, 2021

A new year - a new challenge - will you join me?


Happy Betwixtmas!*

I hope that you are all enjoying this slow time between the two holidays.

If you receive our newsletter, you'll know that I asked for opinions as to whether people would like to join me in a new challenge for the new year. So many people emailed to say they'd like to take part, we've worked it out.

It will be simple - you don't have to register or buy kits from us and you don't have make a button every week - just if you feel inspired. 

Interested? Why not visit the "official" blog for this - - for the rules and prompts for the first 12 weeks. I'll post images of my buttons there towards the end of each week.

*Happy Betwixtmas was used by the lovely Alex Turchyn this week on the Craft Store. I love it, and think its a great greeting for this time of year. 

Wishing you all a very happy, healthy, safe and lucky 2022

Thursday, December 23, 2021

Merry Christmas!

Whatever, however, you celebrate the season, we wish you a good one.

For us, it is Christmas, and I will hopefully be in my dressing gown at least until lunch time! I'll have to get dressed for Toby's walk of course. 😄 

Thank you all for your support this past year. We really appreciate it. 

Stay safe, stay well and healthy, and enjoy the season.