Sunday, October 27, 2013

...Since I last posted...

Looks like autumn is finally here. And yesterday's rain certainly meant with a vengence I think! For many people, this time of year really is a quiet one, not wanting to quite think about that big celebration in a couple of months, but knowing it is looming. And alas, having an online shop, I have start thinking about things like last posting dates. I'll be adding them to the site info very soon.

You can read the full blog entry over on my website by clicking here. You'll also find previous entries there.

Thursday, July 04, 2013

New Book! Buttons: A Passementerie Workshop Manual

In this workshop manual, Gina Barrett shows how to recreate the beautiful passementerie of the past and how to work modern designs.
A large variety of techniques are explained, including thread wrapping, needlework, knots and embroidery. Working with beads and spangles, needleweaving and lace techniques are discussed, as are tools, materials, useful stitches and finishing. 
Instructions for over 100 individual designs are included - each clearly explained and illustrated with step by step drawings.
Suggestions for many more variations are also given, with photographs and drawings for inspiration, enabling the reader to create a huge range of unique buttons.

For further information, including how to order, please visit the website -

Thursday, October 18, 2012

New website

Hi everyone! I know - it has been ages, again, since my last blog update. I have decided that, for the time being, all updates will be over at my new website - - there is a link to the shop here as well, and in theory I will be able to keep everything far more up-to-date there. Thank you all for following, and do please visit the other site, or pop over to my Facebook page

Friday, August 10, 2012

Tassels, tassels, tassels

July has been a very busy month here - we are still working madly on the Making Tassels dvd's and products to go with them. There is light at the end of the tunnel - finally we are getting close to completing Volume 2, finalising product packaging, and things are beginning to get quite exciting! The image below shows some of the techniques that are shown on Making Tassels Volume 1: Soft Tassel Techniques

We have a pencilled in a launch date on Create & Craft for the whole range - September 15 at 2pm and 7pm. This will also be a bit of an Anniversary show - can you believe it has been a year since I started doing the shows? Before that though I am scheduled to do two shows on the 18th of this month (August, in case you miss this post!) The shows will be at 11am and 2pm so I do hope that you will be able to tune in.*

I very happy to say that I have a new member on my design team, Gillian McMurray, a wonderfully talented artist and craftswoman. So, for now, an introduction, and do pop over and 'like' her Facebook page if you get a chance! . It is very exciting for me to have team members who specialise in other crafts, as their take on making passementerie is often very different from my own, and very inspiring.

On a personal note, some of you may know that we lost our old dog Bo this month. At nearly 16, I suppose it wasn't exactly a shock, but those of you who have pets know how hard it is, I miss her terrbly. She was lovely and a real family dog, but things were getting really tough for her. We now have a new trainee head of security - we had not planned on getting a puppy quite so soon, I will admit, but fate has a way of working that I won't argue with. Toby is a lovely puppy and already fitting in very well.

Well, onward and upward - narration recording for me today!

* Remember that live tv schedules can change at very short notice. Check the listings, and my Facebook page, Twitter and website for any last minute changes or cancellations.