Thursday, September 11, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Antique Tassel Repair & Restoration

I have always found that the best way to learn about how passementerie is made is to look carefully at damaged items. Hidden areas can show the intensity of the original colours, how stitching is used, if glue is present, and of course many techniques can be discovered by studying how something has come apart. These tassels remain some of my favourites, as they held so many surprises.

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Friday, September 05, 2014

Buttons: knotting, weaving & frogging




It's been a busy few weeks here, what with getting ready for the Create and Craft show and working on new products and some lovely projects. Thank you to everyone who's been in touch since the show, it is always nice to hear from you and I am really glad that so many of you enjoyed watching.



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(The image shows reproduction passementerie buttons on a printout of images of the originals)

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Textile Tuesday: Temari Balls and Yubinuki

If nothing else ever comes from my journey through hand worked textiles, then the people I have met along the way will have made it all worth it. Especially these days. The internet really has made it a very small world!
A few months back I mentioned my new found interest in temari balls, and the similarity to the work involved in them to the original button making techniques. I love the way in which skills develop in different countries, and how they evolve, often quite independently. There are many different hand works skills that illustrate this. 

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Throwback Thursday: The U.F.O. (UnFinished Object)


Many of you will know that we have recently moved. Very recently in fact; I still haven't finished unpacking some things! But in actual fact it was the packing and sorting that led to a few interesting discoveries...

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(I have been keeping a blog over at my website for some time now. I'll add links here, for easy updating).