Gina Barrett is back on Hochanda TV tomorrow at 10am (Freeview Channel 85 or watch live via their website www.hochanda.com) bringing more of her marvellous button kits, book and DVDs.
Here is a sneaky peek of my button display. I used Tonic Kaleidoscope Box dies to create the box and adapted the sides to drop down and display the buttons. I used a variety of Gina’s instructions for the buttons (Macclefield & Leek Button Journal Kit, Button Workshop Manual and Making Buttons DVDs). There are brilliant Hochanda Freedom member prices on the show!
The mannequin die is from La Blanche.
I used a variety of papers to decorate (Crafters Companion).
I used plenty of glitter glue to enhance the flowers (got to have some sparkle – tee hee) and PVA pearls for texture.
The sentiment die was quite appropriate (Tonic Kaleidoscope Box set).
When the lid is removed 5 of the 8 sides drop down to display my selection of thread wrapped buttons. I used a honeycomb die (Tattered Lace) and various button dies (mixed source from my die stash). Lettering was cut using a font die set from Tim Holtz.
The mini flower dies are from the Susan’s Garden Hydrangea set (Elizabeth Craft Designs).
Death’s Head is the name of the historical wrapped button – name used here (England) and the USA in the 18th Century.
Death’s Head buttons using a variety of threads.
More Death’s Head buttons using a variety of threads and different shapes of button mould.
The buttons on the right are my variants of Gina’s Union Jack Button (Button Workshop Manual). The far left shows an over wrapped fabric covered button (Open Square with Soutache Braid). The pink and blue buttons are my interpretation of a 17th Century button that I saw on Pinterest (Death’s Head base overwrapped with cord and bound with silky thread).
More of Gina’s yummy buttons (Peace and Maze).
Various square wrap buttons (Silver, Decorative and Gimp Squares).
Square wraps and Leek Square.
Spiral and Wide Wraps.
I have had so much fun learning how to create all these but have barely scratched the surface of the huge variety that Gina covers in her books and DVD’s. It is also wonderful to contribute towards keeping knowledge of these techniques alive. Especially as many of these Passementerie techniques are now in danger of being lost completely.