I Love Buttons
I am really into buttons at the moment. I managed to spend about £14 on buttons at the knitting and stitching show. In fact I need a new button tin, as I can't close the lid anymore. I like to get the buttons out every so often, just to look at. However, collecting buttons can be quite expensive, so the other night I made my own!!! They're made from fimo. I think I'm hooked. I'm going to see if I can borrow my Dad's pasta making machine, so I can get a nice even thickness (I am currently using the kids play dough rolling pin).
Also this week, I have got back into felting after the post Christmas craft rest. Here's a WIP, not the best of photo's I'm afraid. When it's finished I'll have to model it, my vintage dress maker's dummy just doesn't wear it well. I am planning to add a big chunky collar and maybe some sleeves. It's a merino and silk blend, felted onto cotton scrim (with silk filament on the surface for subtle texture). It started off as one piece, which I cut arm holes in, then I wore it in front of a mirror and armed with tailors chalk worked out where to trim and sew. When I started I had no idea what style it would be, I just experimented with different ways of wearing a rectangle of felt until I had made my mind up, it was very nearly a V neck waistcoat with big lapels.