Sneaky Peek of Wrapped Buttons coming to Create & Craft TV Saturday

Good afternoon. Gina Barrett (Gina B Silkworks) is back on our screens this weekend with more gorgeous wrapped buttons with added embroidery patterns, and some lovely mini button frames which can be used to display and mount them. Here is a sneak peek at some of my samples. I have used some of the frames to create pendants too. Her show is this Saturday (9th December) at 2pm on Create & Craft TV (Freeview Channel 23 or watch via their website – they keep catch up videos too if you miss the show).

 

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Mixed Media Kanzashi Pom Pom Flower using Powertex

Today I am sharing another of my Kanzashi flower show samples created for Gina Barrett. To make the flowers I followed instructions for the Kanzashi Hydrangea (from Gina-B Silkworks). Basically tiny 15mm squares of silk are folded up to create little fabric petals. I used the Kanzashi starch adhesive to help hold the petals until ready to glue on and build the flowers. These little flowers are very fiddly so it’s not really the best project for an absolute beginner. A fair bit of swearing was involved here – tee hee hee.

 

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I used Powertex to create a mini vase and to coat a polystyrene ball with silk strips. Powertex is a fabric hardener which stiffens, glues, seals and protects natural fabrics and fibres – great for mixed media work.

I pushed a twisted wire (coated with florist tape) into the base of a small polystyrene ball – gluing with a little Powertex. I then covered the ball with strips of Powertex treated silk and dried before adding the tiny silk petals to build the flowers. I used fast grab PVA to glue them on, and Gemtac Glue to add the centre pearls.

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I used larger silk squares to make sepals and a leaf on the stem.

The mini vase was made with the inner card tube from a kitchen foil roll. I built out the shape using pads of kitchen foil and wrapped with masking tape. I then coated it with Powertex and with strips of Powertex treated silk, and secured the wire into the top. I stuffed the middle of the tube with cotton wool to give stability and a bit of weight. I dry brushed over the texture using metallic acrylic paint and then covered with tiny flowers and faux gems.

I painted the little flowers on the vase with transparent Powertex using a small brush. The fine silk soaks it up easily. I left the leaf and pom pom flower untreated as I liked the contrast in feel and texture.

Materials:

  • Kanzashi Hydrangea Project Card (Kanzashi Project Card Pack)
  • Kanzashi Starch Adhesive
  • Transparent Powertex
  • Polystyrene ball (approx. 1.5 inch diameter)
  • Twisted copper wire wrapped with florist tape (to make stem)
  • Recycled sari silk strips (variegated vintage greens, pinks, browns)
  • Kitchen foil card inner tube
  • Kitchen foil and masking tape (for building out the pot shape)
  • Cotton wool (stuffing)
  • Faux gems and flat backed pearls (pink, blue, pearl, green)
  • Acrylic paint (metallic pink) and PVA glitter glue (green)
  • PVA glue (fast grab/tacky glue), Gemtac Glue (sticks glass, plastic or metal gems & beads to fabric)

Optional extras:

I used additional tools for making the flowers which are really helpful and make the process easier. They are not essential but you will probably want to get them if you decide that you like this craft.

  • Pack of straight and bent fine tweezers – great for manipulating fiddly items such as the small fabric squares while folding. I would say that tweezers of some sort are pretty essential – especially when making these tiny fiddly flowers.
  • Kanzashi Flower Making Tool Kit – contains a mini turntable, gluing table and spreader plus a small drying table. Great to have.
  • Petal Holders & Medium Drying Table – another useful kit if wanting to make several flowers. Contains 2 sets of petal holders (for small and larger petals) plus a bigger drying table (for more flowers).
  • Kanzashi Hanabira Ruler – another great tool for cutting small fabric squares. It can be used with a rotary cutter or to draw cutting lines if you are not comfortable with using a rotary cutter.
  • Small rotary cutter and self healing cutting mat. If you are new to using these please take great care as the rotary blade is razor sharp! Always engage the blade safety cover between every cut. Never cut towards yourself, and take care where you place your hands and fingers while cutting.

Macramé samples created for Gina B Silkworks

Gina Barrett is launching her new book on Create and Craft TV tomorrow (11am Channel 23 or watch live online from their website).

The new Textile Trimmings book is fabulous. It includes a variety of decorative knotting technique including ball buttons, frogging, filet and needle lace plus macramé.

I am a macramé novice. My favourite is the swan macramé hanger – I really didn’t think that I would be able to do it but following Gina’s fabulous instruction I am delighted with the results.

 

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I used a multicoloured satin cord and some of my handmade paper beads to make these bright and cheery bracelets. The sliding knot enables the bracelets to be taken on and off easily.

 

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I had a bit more play with the colourful cord and more paper beads working from one of Gina’s new mini textile hangers. I had a try at the loopy braid (instructions in the book for creating the loops).

 

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I was really pleased with this one. Again I used one of the new textile hangers and decorated it with stamping (Russian Floral Egg stamp from Chocolate Baroque).

Paperlathe CD from Gina Barrett

Gina Barret is on Create & Craft TV tomorrow at 11am (Freeview Channel 23 or watch live online from their website). Gina will be launching her fabulous new book – Total Trimmings 2 featuring decorative knotting. In addition she will be bringing back some old favourites including her Tassel Making DVD’s and tools –  including the fabulous Paperlathe for creating beads and tassel moulds.

Traditional wooden tassel moulds are extremely difficult to obtain. This CD is brilliant and contains 100’s of patterns to make your own tassel moulds and beads.

I have been having a play and made various beads using wrapping papers. I have also made a set of tassel moulds.

I will share some of my finished projects soon xxx.

 

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These will be fabulous once I have coated them with varnish of shiny embossing powder.

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Tassel moulds ready for thread wrapping and decorating.

 

The Paperlathe CD also comes with a variety of wrapping rods to create a range of shapes (round, square and triangular). Just brilliant and so easy to make.

Mini Textile Macramé Hangers from Gina B Silkworks

Gina Barret is on Create & Craft TV tomorrow at 11am (Freeview Channel 23 or watch live online from their website). Gina will be launching her fabulous new book – Total Trimmings 2 featuring decorative knotting. She is also going to be bringing lots of other goodies and tools including a Monkey Fist Jig, small frames for making Filet Lace, a fine Macramé Board and fabulous little textile hangers (approx 10cm wide) which are perfect for micro macramé or hanging other small textile art works. In addition she will be bringing back some old favourites including her Tassel Making DVD’s and tools.

I cannot wait to see the show.

I have been decorating my little textile hangers ready to work. I coated them with gesso to provide a surface for colouring and stamping. After decorating and colouring I added a final layer of clear heat embossing powder to add protection and shine. I will share some of my finished projects soon xxx.

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My Knitting and Stitching Show Stash

Went along to the Knitting and Stitching show and couldn’t resist getting this little lot for my stash.

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This fibre is just so luscious. Mainly super soft Merino but slubby pink bits, sparkly lime, and shimmering silk too. I cannot wait to spin it. Got it at the Spin City stand.

I finally got myself a Niddy Noddy for winding my skeins – not more winding onto the dining chair back.

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Sparkly Jute! Couldn’t resist it – and maybe I am a bit odd but I simply love the smell – so as well as keep touching and stroking it I have to keep sniffing it too. Tee hee hee x.

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I bought a selection of crochet cottons in various thicknesses for my Passementerie making stash.

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I also got some silky cords and who could resist these lovely pink beads.

 

Now to think about what I am going to make …….

New Teneriffe Lace Looms coming from Gina B Silkworks

A peek at what I have been making with the new Teneriffe Lace Square and Vandyke border looms. Watch the show on Create & Craft TV tomorrow to see more looms and demos from Gina (Sat 4pm Freeview Channel 23).

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I will blog more info on how I created these soon x.