Friday, July 06, 2012

Tassel progress being made

It is some time since my last post - my apologies! (little bits of info can always be found over at my Facebook page!) Things have really been busy.

The title of this post tells what the biggest thing has been - the next dvd titles. Making Tassels Vol. 1 is now in production, and filming starts on volume 2 this weekend. And, there will be quite a few new products to go with everything, as, no matter how you try, you can't make tassels without some unusual/hard-to-find materials. Things are moving along nicely though - perhaps this terrible weather is helpful, I have no reason to want to go out and enjoy summer.... ;-)

It has been a week of quite exciting things - I received my copy of the Encyclopedia of Medieval Dress and Textiles of the British Isles c. 450-1450 - with my entry on Passementerie. It was a real honour to be asked to contribute on the subject of my passion, and extra nice to see it in print. And the book itself is frankly wonderful. I have to admit to taking time out of my silly schedule to read just a little bit of it, but I can't wait to get properly 'stuck in'! Here's a link if any of you would like further info -

On the experimentation front, Suzi ( ) sent me a couple of photos of some buttons dating from about 1825 - buttons which I have seen in other photos but never with enough clarity to really see what is going on. But of course being a brilliant costumier and as much of a detail geek as me, Suzi was able to take photos of enough of the back of the buttons - that, with a little bit of a description of what the bit that couldn't be photographed looked like meant that it all made perfect sense immediately. That my friends, is excitement. I cannot describe how pleased I was to see those pictures, and I will admit to dropping everything and having a go at how I thought they may have been made. And it worked by jove!

I was also asked to look at some pearled buttons - I'm not going to let on too much about the project these will end up on, but I have to say that even with the plastic pearls in my stash, I was happy with these.

It is interesting to see how the shape of a mould changes the look of the button - the star on the left is on a flat disc mould, while the right a domed mould.

***Correction - the one of the left is the DOMED mould and I mis-typed! Sorry for the confusion and thanks to those who let me know my mistake!!***

This technique actually working has opened up a whole new aspect - and fixed a few other button 'problems'  - photos of suits, etc that I know have passementerie buttons but can't see the detail quite enough. Still, I won't get any further sidetracked until filming is complete....

The website is also getting an overhaul over the next few months! I know... hopefully it will go smoothly. There are a few other things happening, but I have to keep quiet about them at the moment...

And so, to keep you updated, my next scheduled show at Create and Craft is on July 26th at 10am. That's a way off yet, so do remember to check my website or C&C's listings closer to the time, as live tv often gets changed at the last minute.

Thanks for all of your support!


  1. Wow, that is one fancy book! Congratulations!
    The flat/moulded button issue is fascinating.

  2. That is a very fancy and thorough looking book! Congratulations!


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