Been having a huge sort out in my work room and I found this little lace trial sample that I created a while ago – my first try at Bobbin Lace. I used a pair of coloured threads so that I could track and see how the construction comes together. It’s a bit tatty looking but I’m chuffed with it – practice makes perfect. I will be digging out my bobbins again soon.
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).
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.
These will be fabulous once I have coated them with varnish of shiny embossing powder.
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.
Went along to the Knitting and Stitching show and couldn’t resist getting this little lot for my stash.
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.
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.
I bought a selection of crochet cottons in various thicknesses for my Passementerie making stash.
I also got some silky cords and who could resist these lovely pink beads.
Now to think about what I am going to make …….
Good evening. Here are my show samples for Gina’s show on Create and Craft TV tomorrow at 5pm (Freeview Channel 23 – can watch live or on catch up online too if you miss it).
Gina is a super talented lady that uses traditional Passementerie techniques to create period costume and museum pieces to commission. She also provides kits and books with the aim of keeping these traditional methods alive and applicable to the modern maker.
Tomorrows show is all about button making. I can highly recommend her range of books and DVDs – I think that I have bought just about every one. New designs will be on the show including Dorset Style buttons.