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Wordless Wednesday: Tassel

Metropolitan Museum Tassel French

The Metropolitan Museum of Art :
Date: 19th century
Culture: French
Medium: Silk
Dimensions: L. 7 1/4 inches 18.4 cm
Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1908

Button treasures

Gold thread buttons by Gina Barrett

It's been a while since I blogged - so sorry about that! In the period that was quiet for you, we've been moving. Now, well, just about sorted and settled, though I do still have alot of boxes that need to be unpacked...


I've also been busy working away on commissions and ideas, and of course, many of you will notice some changes on the web site. There's still quite a bit to do, but I hope it will end up a little easier for you to use when we've finished!


The first job at hand has been to finish off the wonderful gold and silver buttons that I have been working on. I recently looked up the collective noun for buttons and it is, apparently, a 'row'. How boring. I have decided that it should be a 'treasure'. Most people who like buttons (and I don't just mean passementerie buttons) will probably agree with me!


Of course, I'm never very far away from button making, even when most of my tools are packed away. After all, not alot is needed. I've started work on a second button manual, and while working out historic designs I must also admit to going off on a bit of a tangent. I'm still searching out nice examples of historic buttons to include - if you have any favourites, (or anything you'd like to see included) do please let me know. 

Triangular thread buttons by Gina Barrett

Many years ago I saw triangular thread wrapped buttons on an auction site - I have no idea if they were available commercially when new, or hand made. But I did like the shape and idea. So I managed to work out a version I feel will stand up to a bit of use.


I've also been going out on a more imagination thread - one of these tangents has been the Star of Westeros button (Game of Thrones). In layman's terms - a seven point star. Stars with an odd number of points are not traditional in passementerie button making, simply because they are not easy to work quickly. Even numbers give good anchor points and are easily wrapped. 

Westeros Star thread buttons by Gina Barrett


I included a five pointed star overwrap in Buttons: A Passementerie Workshop Manual, and the principle for the basic star overwrap is the same. Weaving it to get a proper over-and-under sequence is a little harder; the wrap does not lend itself to this in the way a four point death's head naturally does. But when worked out, it is rather nice, if I do say so myself.


Enjoy the sun and your button treasures.

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Sorry! I just cannot think of a title today. I think I might do better have a set title for a day of the week the way so many others who work on blogs seem to have. It might mean I actually write more posts :)

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