Wednesday, October 19, 2022

Introducing Gina's Grantham Button!


In this video I'll introduce our latest button template kit - Gina's Grantham Button©! 

 Why "Grantham"? Well, simply because we are based in Grantham, Lincolnshire, UK! 
And, if you make these using the right colour of wool they do rather resemble the famous Grantham gingerbread... ;) 

The basic basket weave pattern of the button CAN be found on historic examples. I first published a method of weaving this in my "Buttons, A Passementerie Workshop Manual" book. That method worked directly onto the button mould, and works very well. 

Over the years I've acquired a couple of originals, an the backing made me think that, on these two at least, the method was perhaps a little different (hard to tell, as both have linen thread backs which of course I will not cut!). This led me on to thinking about forms and templates. After a lot of experimentation, Mark & I came up with these. 

And the added bonus, you can make soft, tactile, balls or domes, or button covers.  

I'll also be bringing out a booklet with variations on the basic weave, as I have come up with quite a few! 

Friday, September 30, 2022

Button back ideas - finishing Dorset, thread & handmade buttons / Facebo...


Well, at the beginning of the month I did a little Facebook live over in our group. It nearly didn't happen, but I got there in the end. 

I decided that I would upload the recording to YouTube - after all, the info in it is as helpful to everyone else (I hope) as it was to those who were able to tune in. 

Of course, these ideas are not the only ones - I seemed to have forgotten quite a few that I use. But hopefully, this will give you some ideas for finishing your buttons.


Thursday, September 01, 2022

Japanese Girl's Day hanging decoration - hishikazari with woven wraps / ...


My latest video is now live - having just had a show on Craft Extra, I thought it might be nice to do a video showing a technique that I talked about. Making hishikazari are fun, and a great way to use up threads. But, what if you want to add a little extra? Well, needle weaving is your friend. When isn't it ;) I'm really just making this up as I go along - which shows that you can too. You can get even more complicated if you like too of course!

All orders from both shows are now on their way, the Bank Holiday and postal strike wasn't helpful! Another strike next week I think. Oh well. 

I've decided I'm going to attempt a Facebook live this Saturday - in our Facebook group. If everything manages to work, I may well try one going to YouTube too. Let's see. Then again, the camera or software may let me down and then... 


Monday, August 15, 2022

Yorkshire cactus pincushion - Yorkshire button craft / fun project with ...


As I say in this video, I'm sure this has been inspired by the heatwave! 

There are probably a lot of cactii in Yorkshire in reality, but the thought of Yorkshire Cactii as a thing tickled me. 

I made a smaller version of this on one of my Create and Craft shows. The thing is, these little Yorkies (as many in our Facebook group currently refer to them as) are quite addictive. So using them to create something like this is fun and actually quite mindful too.

I also have a bit of an obsession with pincushions. I make quite a lot of them. Odd. Perhaps it is because, like buttons, they are a nice project that won't take ages.

Of course, we all need pincushions! But not just for sewing pins. I know, most of us won't be using hat pins, but you can use a pincushion for brooches and badges too remember.

Take care everyone, stay hydrated and as cool as you can.