Friday, January 17, 2020

Day 17 : Candy Stripe

One Button a Day 2020 - Day 17 : Candy Stripe

Day 17 : Candy Stripe


This button is another testing out new shapes and inspired by a small picture that my Grandmother made to be placed over my cradle. It is thread wrapped too - in red - and I have often wondered if my fascination for thread wrapping came from this. I used to try to figure out how the pattern was made when I was little. Of course, as soon as I learnt about button wrapping, I figured it out.

A couple years ago I saw the pattern for the basic frame and instructions for wrapping it in an old book, if I recall from the 1920/30s. I have often wondered if she had access to that, or if it was something that she learnt elsewhere. 

I used cotton perle No 12 for this. 

Size: 27mm / just over 1" / 42L

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Day 16 : Freeze

One Button a Day 2020 by Gina Barrett - Day 16 : Freeze

Day 16 : Freeze


I am part of a button group that has a weekly theme - this week's is "winter". So, here is my winter inspired button.

I have created this on a prototype for some new moulds that we are developing. There are a few things to tweak, but overall it is a good first design. It is great fun trying to work out new designs for button moulds, and Mark has cut me quite a few to play around with. Of course, when they have been tested, they will be available on our website.

I have used a No 12 perle and seed beeds 

Size: 25mm / 1" / 40L 

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Day 15 : Motley

One Button a Day 2020 by Gina Barrett - Day 15 : Motley

Day 15 : Motley


This started out as a V-Wrap button, which is included on my DVD "Making Even More Buttons". It is a design that works really well with soutache braid and is very effective on its own. 

For this though, I've added extra embellishment with embroidery - you need to use a really fine needle to sew through commercial soutache without snagging it so I tend to use a beading needle.

The embroidery is in silk and cotton. 

Size: 27mm /  just over 1" /  42L