Gina is launching a brand new Thread Wrapped Button book on The Craft Store TV channel tomorrow at 10am (Sat 23 October 21 – Freeview TV channel 85 – or watch live or on catch up via their website).
It will be an extra special show celebrating 10 years of crafting on TV. There is going to be a freebie gift with purchase – gorgeous stamps for embroidery. I made these button earrings with my set.
Check Gina’s website (Gina-B-Silkworks.co.uk) for lots of button making supplies and resources (including her new book following the launch show).
Small birdie stamps from Anniversary set (TV show gift set from Gina B Silkworks. Also available on the website after the show)
Recycled curtain interlining (for padding)
White cotton sheeting
Stranded embroidery thread (Light, medium and dark blue, plus white)
Embroidery needle and mini embroidery hoop
Crystal size 8 seed beads (x4) and 4mm white beads (x2)
White felt for backing
Set of silver plated earring wires and 2 eyepins
Round nosed jewellery pliers
Optional: Button templates
How it was done:
The birdies and button borders were stamped onto cotton sheeting with Versacraft ink and iron fixed (to set the ink).
The buttons were then embroidered using 2 strands of cotton.
The button gauges were used to draw stitching lines for button covering.
The designs were cut out and running stitches worked to gather up around the button moulds. Curtain interlining was used to lightly pad the embroidery designs.
The backs were then covered with felt to neaten.
Beads were added to the eyepins and pliers used to make wrapped loops which were stitched to the buttons. Earring wires were attached.
I used the anniversary stamps to decorate a tag for display.
Love these cute birdie earrings – think that I will have to make some for myself (these flew off to Gina for the TV show). Hope that you like them.