Saturday, March 14, 2020

The week ahead - our Hochanda shows

Little Loom Kit from Gina-B Silkworks
Our new Little Loom Kit - launching next week. That's a normal sized cup of tea!

I hope that you are all keeping well and following whatever the current advice is in your relevant countries. I know that some of you are in a virtual lock-down, and others are self-isolating. And for the rest of us, a lot of hand washing is happening.

We will be at the Hochanda studios on Wednesday for two shows. Rest assured that we and Hochanda will be taking all measures necessary during the shows. Being live TV, there is of course, the very real possibility that they will be cancelled, should anyone contract the virus. Hopefully that won't happen and we will be able to continue with our work.

At 8am the subject will be weaving, and we are launching our Little Loom Kit - a smaller, MDF version of our Build Your Own Tape Loom Kit. We are really excited about this, it is smaller, and being cut from MDF, allows us to provide a much less expensive option for those of you who have always wanted to try narrow weaving but don't want the expense. You'll need to add your own glue, and thread, and of course being MDF won't have all of the finishing options the larger, beech option has, but it does have full instructions so that you can get started. And if you are stuck - this video on YouTube is relevant to both looms.

The second show is at noon and the subject is buttons. And three new kits - Our Big Button Brooch Kits. For the launch we will have a Star, Zwirnknopfe and Trapunto. Each kit has button moulds, threads, backing felt, needles and instructions. The Trapunto kit makes two (and has some extra fabrics), while the other two each makes 3.

Star Big Button Brooch Kit from Gina-B Silkworks
Star Big Button Brooch Kit
The Star kit is a nice wrapping technique, and probably the best if you are starting your journey in button making

Zwirnknopfe Big Button Brooch Kit from Gina-B SIlkworks
Zwirnknopfe Big Button Brooch Kit

The Zwirnknopfe has a ring - this larger size is, I think, a bit easier than working with the little rings. I'd probably place this second.

Trapunto Big Button Brooch Kit from Gina-B SIlkworks
Trapunto Big Button Brooch Kit

The Trapunto brooch uses a variation on the shadow trapunto technique - so simple embroidery. I really wanted this to resemble lovely paper parchment work, such as those pieces created by the Clarity Groovi team. I adore what they create.

These will all be on our website too on Wednesday. I hope you'll be able to tune in.

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