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Dorset & Other Ring Buttons

  • Level: Beginner

Description

Learning from home at your own pace, in your own time.

This course will teach you how to make 15 different ring buttons using a variety of techniques.

Ring buttons have a long history - it is believed that the first ring buttons in England were made in the Dorset region around 1720. However, other European countries also have traditions of ring buttons - called Zwirnknopfe (literally "thread button"). This course will show you how to make buttons using both the Dorset and zwirnknopfe techniques. The buttons featured range from traditional designs to modern variations.

This is a great introductory course for complete beginners, and an equally good refresher course for anyone who has tried thread button making in any form in the past. Each button instruction is by way of a video - shot from above, enabling you to see what is happening. Gina explains the process, and you can start and stop the videos as you require. The buttons modules are sequential, with a few more challenging designs to test your skills.

There are also 9 exercises - ideas for you to try once the initial buttons are successfully created. There are no direct instructions here, rather suggestions to encourage your creativity, just as if you were in a workshop with Gina.

You will also receive access to a closed Facebook group where you can share images of your work, ask questions, or just say hello to other students.

As a bonus, all students of this course will also receive free access to an additional course - Finishing Your Buttons.

Registered students will receive a one-off discount voucher for materials in our online shop (see the requirements tab for more information).

Dorset & other Ring Buttons Online course

Price

Plan Name Price
2 Year access to course: £ 19.99

Teacher

Gina Barrett

Gina Barrett is a partner of Gina-B Silkworks, a company that seeks to bring traditional textile crafts and techniques to a modern audience. She has appeared regularly on the Create & Craft TV channel (since 2011) with these kits and teaches workshops.

She has provided reconstructions of buttons, narrow wares, passementerie and costume accessories for theatre, film & television, museums & stately homes, costumiers and private individuals since 1999. She has also provided couture and modern bespoke trimmings using traditional techniques for designers and artists (both clothing and interior). These include varied commissions from buttons for film and TV, tassels for Buckingham Palace Mews, and woven fringes and girdles for historic reconstruction.

She has also written books and articles about many of the techniques she has acquired, including “Buttons: A Passementerie Workshop Manual”, “The Ganutell Country Flowers Handbook” and “Tak V Bowes Departed” (co-authored) as well as 6 booklets on medieval narrow wares, and regularly produces how-to articles for magazines, as well as papers and essays on other forms of passementerie.

In 2016 Gina set herself a challenge - “One Button a Day”, to create a passementerie button and share the image on social media every single day. The fact that it was a leap year was not one she had thought of in the January, so she did complete 366 buttons! These ranged from reconstructions of historical buttons, traditional styles, and button designs that were totally unique.

Gina is a trained illustrator, with a background in historical and diagram illustration and graphic design. Her passion for textiles grew from studying historical costume for her illustrative work.

Previous clients include: Henry Poole & Co / Buckingham Palace Mews, Hawthorne & Heaney, Celtic Bak Productions (Born a King, 2018), Gabriele Mendela (Costumier), Prior Attire (Costumier), Ninya Mikhaila Historical Costumier, The Tudor Tailor, Dover Castle, Luton Museum, Dombey Street Productions (Tim Burton’s Sweeney Todd), Noseley Hall, The Globe Theatre, The Victoria & Albert Museum, The Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, Perth Museum & Art Gallery, The Royal Amoury, Leeds, Suzi Clarke (Costumier), Gary Smedley, Harman Hay, Harriet Waterhouse (Costumier), Chimera Costumes and numerous private individuals.

Requirements

Others:

The following tools and materials have been used on the course. You may of course choose a differently sized button mould or thread, but in order to follow the instructions as shown, you may find it easier to use the same materials.

A Materials pack - including threads, moulds, needles, fabric and beeswax has been put together and is available in the shop - Dorset & Other Ring Buttons Course Materials Pack.

You can use your one-time student discount code (which you will find in the tools & materials section when you enroll) at the shop checkout for a 20% on this and any other items you wish to purchase*

Materials:

Tools:

  • Scissors
  • Beeswax
  • Tapestry needle
  • Sharp needle
  • Pencil/chalk

Optional Tools:

 

*Code may only be used once per student and is not valid for furniture

Learning from home at your own pace, in your own time.

This course will teach you how to make 15 different ring buttons using a variety of techniques.

Ring buttons have a long history - it is believed that the first ring buttons in England were made in the Dorset region around 1720. However, other European countries also have traditions of ring buttons - called Zwirnknopfe (literally "thread button"). This course will show you how to make buttons using both the Dorset and zwirnknopfe techniques. The buttons featured range from traditional designs to modern variations.

This is a great introductory course for complete beginners, and an equally good refresher course for anyone who has tried thread button making in any form in the past. Each button instruction is by way of a video - shot from above, enabling you to see what is happening. Gina explains the process, and you can start and stop the videos as you require. The buttons modules are sequential, with a few more challenging designs to test your skills.

There are also 9 exercises - ideas for you to try once the initial buttons are successfully created. There are no direct instructions here, rather suggestions to encourage your creativity, just as if you were in a workshop with Gina.

You will also receive access to a closed Facebook group where you can share images of your work, ask questions, or just say hello to other students.

As a bonus, all students of this course will also receive free access to an additional course - Finishing Your Buttons.

Registered students will receive a one-off discount voucher for materials in our online shop (see the requirements tab for more information).

Dorset & other Ring Buttons Online course


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About Us

Gina-B Silkworks designs and produces a variety of craft kits, books, DVDs and other items with an emphasis on handwork & passementerie (textile trimmings). We also stock a range of tools & materials for these crafts. Gina also makes bespoke items to commission.
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