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16th & 17th Century Buttons (5 Dec 2017)

£ 55.00 each
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Date: Tuesday 5 Dec 2017 
Time: 10am - 4pm
Venue: Gina-B Silkworks' Studio (Corby Glen, Lincolnshire)

Learn how to make 16th and 17th century style passementerie buttons in a relaxed and friendly workshop.

This workshop is aimed at beginner and intermediate makers.

This workshop is particularly for those who wish to learn how to make buttons suitable for doublets, cloaks and other early modern garments. These little buttons are also perfect for modern uses, particularly for formal garments such as wedding dresses. Anyone who has a general interest in passementerie buttons will enjoy this workshop.

Techniques will include passementerie satin wrapping (the best way to avoid filled holes!), thread wrapping, needleweaving, needlework covering and, if time allows, at least one knot.

You'll also learn how to make different types of moulds as well as look at the different types of materials used historically.

Numbers are kept low to allow one-to-one teaching throughout the day.


Materials will be supplied, however please bring reading glasses if you need them, and a small sewing kit & scissors if you have them.

*Car parking is limited - if you are car sharing (or arriving by taxi), I can increase the number of attendees. Please get in touch so that I can allocate all spaces.



All workshops include hot drinks and water as well as cake or biscuits. Bring your own lunch - this is a country location with no facilities within walking distance.

About the venue:

The studio is part of Gina's home and situated in the beautiful Lincolnshire countryside.

It is located approx 3 miles from the A1 (Colsterworth), 4 miles from Corby Glen, 12 miles from Grantham. When booked, you'll receive directions.

Car parking is limited, but off road. There are no external facilities (ie shops, bank, etc) within walking distance, so you will need to bring with you what you need. We are surrounded by lovely countryside if you wish to spend your lunch break in the fresh air (weather permitting of course!).

Coming from further afield? Corby Glen and outlying villages Swayfield, Irnham and Burton Coggles all have pubs that have rooms and Colsterworth has a Travel Lodge. Nearby places to visit include Woolsthorpe Manor (birthplace of Sir Isaac Newton), approx 2 miles away, and the Willoughby Art Gallery in Corby Glen.


There are no stairs, however wheelchair access to the toilet will be difficult due to narrower doors and a smaller WC.

Workshop fees are non-refundable. If you wish to pass your ticket onto someone else, please let us know. If we have to cancel a workshop we will try and find an alternative date, but if this is not possible we will refund in full. 

You must provide a phone number where we can reach you on the day of the workshop just in case of illness or unforeseen problem delaying the session.


Remember, Gina is now able to book in one-to-one or private group sessions in the studio - please get in touch with your requirements.

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.