It really has been all about buttons again recently - well almost (I have worked on some weaving and braids, but that'll be another post!). It is wedding season, and quite a few dressmakers want pretty buttons for wedding dresses - I've done about 40 different types already in the last week. That's the great thing about being able to make passementerie buttons - they can be made to compliment an outfit so easily, be it something modern or historically accurate.
The buttons shown here are a Victorian style -more commonly worked on a flatter mould as a sample for a client. (These more complicated buttons and many more will be on a future DVD).
An embroiderer who's work I really admire, Bjarne Drews, has been working buttons from my Making More Buttons DVD and I think I have another convert to the world of button-making! Of course, it is quite easy to convert those who are already interested in historical clothing - now we just have to get everyone else interested too! ...see below...
My apologies to not being able to get the tablet weaving cards into the shop yet - Camera and lighting has not been going well this week, and there's not much point having something in the shop that you can't see a picture of. Today should be the day, I've got a proper photography area set up now.
What is now in the shop however, are two research papers which are available as a free download - Passementerie Buttons Timeline and Passementerie Button Types. Both really are works-in-progress, but hopefully the information in them will help others who are looking to find the right general type of button for a period. One day I'd love to be able to include sizing information, but unfortunately that's not likely to happen! If you know of unusual buttons - especially those which might change the timeline, do please let me know!
And the third part of the title of this post - screentests....
Last week I had a screen test for the Create & Craft Channel. It seems I did ok - it's pencilled in now for me to be on air live in September to show the Making Buttons DVD, along with some great kits. I am however, irritate that my hands were shaking. Not really good when you are demo-ing a button being made! It seems that I have a choice - either the voice shakes (as it always does when I begin talks and papers) or the hands shake. Thing I am going to have to practice that one!
Still, considering it was the hottest day of the summer, I think I did ok, and I did enjoy the experience! So, when things are confirmed, I'll be sure to let you know, you can all send me good vibes on the day (and tune in!)