Got back from the last folk festival of the season yesterday and am now officially "festivaled" out....until next year! There's nothing like live music to gladden the heart (except craft of course!).
As I haven't had much time to play (been playing the ukulele instead) I thought I'd have a go at making Dorset Cartwheel Buttons and that's what's on my desk (well, the kitchen table) today.
I was taught how to make them at another festival I was at earlier this year and it's so relaxing to do. I just have to find something to do with them now! I also made the little tartan purse at the same festival. I'm really glad I did as it's so (sew!) handy for keeping all the bits and pieces together when I'm travelling. Dorset buttons were made from the 1600's and the tradition of making them nearly died out in the 1850's when the 1st button making machine was invented. Luckily, the skill has survived and you can get a book from a place called "Henry's Buttons" (which is also online) showing how to make them. There's a lot of different designs and all you need is a tapestry needle, crochet cotton (or similar) and a brass ring.
I will put the tutorial up on here tomorrow for the ribbon weaving (see the last posting). Sorry I haven't done it before but I ran out of time before we went away.
Here's todays card. It's one I designed for the Creative Studios Design Team Blog and the step by step will be on their website later today.
Well, that's all for today. Many thanks for visiting and leaving comments, they are much appreciated. There's still the blog candy up for grabs as soon as I reach 300 followers. I'll try to get around as may desks as I can but if I don't get to yours, I apologise in advance!!Until next time, happy crafting!