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!