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! 

26 comments:

  1. Good presentation of the basic Grantham, more controlled than the one you made on the Create and Craft show - and thank you for the reminder to make a little knot before you start gathering - I think doing that will improve my Yorkshires no end! xx

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Everything's always more controlled when not on live tv haha!. So glad your day out was fab, and the long drive was worth it. We often seem to plan things on roadwork days - always irritating. And so many projects too! You have been busy! Had to take a different route home today, serious rain had flooded the route under the railway bridge... yup, that time of year again. Still, at least we do still have the most glorious colours on the trees!
      Stay safe and well, both of you xxx

      Delete
  2. Railway bridges sure can be the pits! Our local underpass flooded for years in a tablespoon of rain until the Army Corps of Engineers smacked it into shape and a friend in central Missouri had to go miles east or west of her underpass to get to the south side of town. Clearly the folks that build these places don't have to live with them!
    We don't get a lot of native color - the sycamores turn a lovely faded bronze but anything brighter is imported. Imported or not, it is a lovely time of year.
    Stay safe and well, all three. xxx

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes, I agree. This time of year are "my" colours - and frankly my temperatures! I like a nice cosy sweater without being too cold! ;)
      Busy weekend sorting out furniture and some clearing out. Oh joy!
      I hope you both have a lovely weekend, stay well and safe xx

      Delete
  3. Hope the furniture shoveling has gone off with minimum swearing and bruises - I always manage to get a really good one somewhere and never remember what I hit! And I know the clearing out was a success - every tiny bit out the door counts. I took two baskets full to the Salvation Army Thursday and feel a trifle chuffed - and then I look around and see more that I really don't need to live with anymore! I swear the 'stuff' does rabbit imitations when I leave the room.
    Thanks for sending along a bit of cooler weather - it is nice to have a cozy top layer on!
    Oh - the odd noises coming from this part of the world are just me trying to fit a cross stitch pattern into a given space - I'm not very good at counting and dividing so it takes a lot of basting and rebasting and tooth gnashing, but I'll get there in the end!
    Stay safe and well, all three. xx

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Well, new cupboard went together well, surprisingly! Sorting is still going on though. Piles all over - keep, throw, give, make into something else (that is the dangerous pile)... I think this may take some time....
      Glad it's cooled down a bit for you.
      Stay well and safe, and hope the cross stitch wrangling was a success! xxx

      Delete
  4. I hear you, sister! That 'make into something else' pile is a humdinger! I find things just seem to arrive in it with no help from me - weird! And very, very distracting. Even writing about me makes me want to go get something and reuse it in a super way! And I'm sure there is no cure for it!
    Glad the cupboard went together smoothly. It does go better when there are two people working - it is quite some time since I assembled anything and then Don was off at the office earning the money to pay for said thing, so I'd be working alone.
    Stay safe and well. Cross stitch wrangling on going. xx

    ReplyDelete
  5. First 'cold' nights here - wind sucking warmth out of the house as fast as the furnace puts it in. Battle of the blankets has begun - so far I'm slightly ahead!
    The new book should be a humdinger if it has things based on your young man's doublet!
    Hugs to all and stay safe and warm and well, as are we. xx

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes, we had a wee bit of frost last night I think. Our secret, which I discovered by accident - buy the blankets for the next bed size up. We don't fight over them as much at all haha! Yes, the book is a very long term project, worked on in between the more "popular" items. It will have quite a niche audience I think. Getting there...
      Stay well and safe and warm, both of you xxx

      Delete
    2. So glad you have a good solid project to sink your teeth into when you can - I think it gives some much needed brain exercise and a nice long term sense of purpose. Not that all the rest of the stuff doesn't ,but you know what I mean.
      The wind dropped so it isn't so chilly at night but I'm sure I'll be hunting out the other blanket soon enough. We are staying well (teeth cleaned tomorrow!) and safe and warm - you all please do the same. xxx

      Delete
    3. I do hope all goes well at the dentist. It has warmed up a bit again today for us too, though I believe some are forecasting a major drop next week. Hopefully long enough after we get our tulips in (an impulse buy last week). Onwards and upwards, paperwork and other such stuff calls. Stay well and safe xx

      Delete
  6. Excellent time at the dentist - no cavities or other nasty surprises and a 'good girl' for keeping a trouble spot clean! So we treated ourselves to a nice 'strombolli' - hot rolled up sandwich with delicious !!!! spinach filling and a walk around the mall. Oh - paper work! One of those never ending jobs that self multiplies like mad - will hold good thoughts for both you and the tulips. They will look wonderful in the spring! We can plant them but it is warm enough that most bulbs only live one spring. I wonder why they have to get their feet cold to bloom again the next year. Hugs all around and safe and well. xx

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. So glad to hear all went well! The treat sounded lovely! Still ploughing through the admin - we are moving our website to a new provider and there's a lot to check and configure... I'm sure something will go wrong....
      We picked out some really unusual tulip types too, so I do hope they are a success. Stay safe and well both xx

      Delete
    2. Penultimate blanket on the bed last night - toes warm, could not turn over - Don says I can buy an electric blanket. How do you know it is winter if you can still turn over?
      The very best of luck and fingers crossed, etc., etc., for the change over! And for the tulips! Stay safe and well. xx

      Delete
  7. Took a quick look at the new 'shop' - nice. Good clear typeface, excellent photos, seems easy to navigate -I think it was worth all the sweat! xxx

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you! Still a few issues to sort out it seems but we are getting there! Now frantically packing kits for the show on Tuesday. Tulips are planted in new planters, daffs down too, so with any luck we'll have some colour next year. And next weekend, a long lie-in! ;)
      We have an electric under blanket. It is great, just takes the chill off before you get in, and does help achy backs and hips too.
      Stay safe and well both of you xx

      Delete
    2. Hmmm -hadn't thought of the under blanket - must look into it!
      Ah - Daffodils! Spring! England! Another flower that hated sea level and mediterranian temps. But I know I'm home when we see the daffodils while going into town on the Piccadilly line!
      Have a truly frabjous show - sell everything, travel safely, have fun, and stay warm and well. xxx

      Delete
  8. Oh! Jolly good show - love the new stamp set -ever so useful, and the bundle does a good job of clearing out some bits and bobs from the work unit! Well done once more, team!
    Hope the trip home was uneventful and you got a good night's rest before plunging into the shipping. And enjoy the lie-in come the week end.
    We are recovering from our annual cold - Don starts us off with quite a nice couple of 'death-warmed-over' days, then hands it on to me (so lucky!). Still, it is only a cold and we are both improving in a timely fashion - have not had to cancel or rearrange too much. I know I'm getting better because coffee tastes good today!
    Hugs all around and stay safe and warm and well! xxx
    p.s. Love the button stands! Brill!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oh thanks for tuning in! It's been a bit hectic, Mark put his back out (too many bulbs to plant lol) so we've had fun :) Thankfully the car seats are very comfy! He's improving now, so all's good. Sorry about the colds, as you said, at least it is just that. Button stands do look ordinary, but gosh are helpful! haha. Stay safe and well and warm, and get well soon xx

      Delete
  9. Oh gosh! So sorry, Mark - tweaked backs are just the pits! Heal quickly! And think how very lovely the garden will look in a few months!
    Colds are well on the mend - Don went out to poker night Wednesday and I think I'll be fit for button club on Sunday - hooray!!! I want to see if anyone can give me a lead on a button for one of the GinaB gang.
    Speaking of which - Those people just go from strength to strength and even the ones that have been at it for ages seem to have had a shot of inspiration - you've done a wonderful thing, sweetie, with this project and I hope you think so too, on the days when it doesn't seem like some mad creation.
    Hugs to all, stay safe and warm and get well! xxx

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. So glad you are both on the mend! Yes, it has been such a good experience. It is wonderful seeing those who were complete beginners get better and better each week with the technical side, but the ideas! It's been just brilliant to see those! I will do it again I think in a year or so. And it will probably be a new batch of people making at that point.
      Stay well and safe, enjoy button club! xx

      Delete
  10. Thrilling discovery! (Well, you have probably known it for dog's years ;) Isopropyl alcohol, the stuff we have been bathing in to kill the plague, also softens glues! Yes, now you can use those decorator fabric samples you have been dragging around all those years!!!!! And gobs of hotglue have their adhesive loosened so they can be pulled off! Not to good when it has been smeared into the surface :( . I have enough pieces of lovely faux fur prints to make a perfect lap robe for someone but have not been able to use them until now. Amazing what happens when an AHA! hits.
    Merry turkey day to all - or just merry Thursday! Stay safe and well and warm. xxx

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Happy Thanksgiving to you both! Pumpkin pie and corn muffins had and enjoyed this side of the pond! Hope you are enjoying your day.
      No, I did not know that about the glue! Awesome. I love info like that!
      Stay safe and well xxx

      Delete
  11. Thought for the day: Do not drop anything you really need down the crack at the head of the bed! It will take four days to nerve yourself to the task, a large flashlight and a long stick, and lying facedown flat on the floor flailing around under the bed with the stick in one hand and the flashlight in the other! Then you have to actually get up and go get your spouse who is strong enough to push the bed back into place, with Toby Pup help if available. ;)
    Stay safe and warm and well xxx

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Very good advice that I will keep in mind, haha! Oh dear. Sounds like you had an interesting time. You need to get one of those claw things that they use to pick up rubbish. Actually, my mother in law had one after her hip op, it was so helpful for things like that. Hope you both have a good week. stay well and safe and warm xx

      Delete
    2. A grabby stick - yes, of course! xx

      Delete