It is official - I will be appearing live on the Create & Craft channel on Sunday, Sept. 11 at 8am, during one of the sewing shows. I will be demonstrating some of the techniques in my Making Buttons DVD, and hopefully not making a fool of myself with shaking hands - or even worse, freezing! (I can see it now, Mad Button Lady Comes Loose).
So, you can watch it on the following channels - Sky 671 | Freeview 36 | Freesat 813 or watch live online -
Seriously though, I am looking forward to it. I have been really busy working on various samples showing the thread wrapped buttons being used for other purposes than just historical costuming. Now, I am one who already changes coat buttons to passementerie ones and actually uses passementerie generally more than most - I guess I am bound to! But it can be a little bit of a challenge to try to ensure that I am showing examples suitable for all levels of ability.
I wanted to share this lovely picture sent to me by a client. It is so nice to see a finished garment with the trimmings (in this case the buttons) that I have supplied - it looks so much better than a picture of just some buttons! (And I do love the shape of that cuff - always have)
Recently I was asked if I knew anything about a Yorkshire button industry. There is a passementerie worked button which is being called a Yorkshire Button. This button is worked with back stitch in the same way as a Dorset button, only this is worked on a 'loom' or form and then used to cover a button mould. It seems that the info relating to this only states that Yorkshire had a button industry like Dorset or Leek - but with no further information, and it does seem as though all of this info is coming from the same source (but I can't pinpoint what that source is).
I certainly cannot find anything in any of my books, although it does seem that Sheffield Plate was first used for buttons. I wonder if this is the industry actually being referred to - not this thread type. (And the vast amount of different types of buttons which are not cloth, thread or passementerie is a subject I have only touched the surface of). I have also never seen any tools which I would say were actually these 'looms' - though certain thread winders might work. I have emailed a few places, but haven't had any replies.
Perhaps this is simply being called a Yorkshire button because the person who originally worked out how to make it used a button on a garment in a museum in Yorkshire as a guide. This is what happens with the chevron buttons I made for Ninya Mikhaila / Perth Museum & Art Gallery -
It is a real mystery, but if anyone has any information on a passementerie-specific button industry inYorkshire I'd love to know.