With the holidays coming up, hand-made trinkets, ornaments, and decorations are on my mind!
They are especially on my mind right now because, here in the studio, we’re in the throes of creating a little line of lovely and fun Christmas ornaments. That shouldn’t surprise you – I’ve been sneak-peeking parts of them to you for a little while.
I was juggling some ideas around in my head, playing with certain ornamental notions, trying to create a finishing solution, when the Dorset button popped into my head.
I always think of Dorset buttons as a really fun adventure. There’s a lot you can do with them, and the variations that you can achieve as you play with them are pretty much endless.
I’ve made Dorset buttons – and variations – many times to include on projects, as useful, buttony parts. (You can see an example here.)
And I’ve written about Dorset buttons before. This article, which feature’s my friend Anita’s abundant dive into creating her own collection of Dorset buttons, includes links at the end of the article to tutorials and other resources.
Because I was contemplating them with great energy recently, I thought I would bring the subject up with you all again, since it has been years and years! Perhaps they can figure in to your upcoming creative pursuits.
You will find an excellent resource for learning about Dorset buttons and how to make them over here on Henry’s Buttons in the UK.
On the Henry’s Button’s website, you’ll find this inspirational gallery of images that will give you some great ideas for what to do with Dorset buttons, beyond using them as buttons.
You’ll also find this excellent resource page that offers all kinds of useful information, as well as a page of downloadable worksheets that have excellent instructions on them.
Now, I would love to tell you that I ended up working the Dorset button into my current project plans… but I didn’t. I did, however, put them on the list for another idea that sprang from my brainstorming session. Funny how that works, isn’t it?
In the meantime, I’m going forward to make more mistakes today! I can’t wait to see what comes of them!
I hope your week is going well! Here in the studio, ours is going swimmingly! Anna and I have gotten back into the swing of regular work (we had a two week interruption that kept things topsy-turvy here while we worked another gig) and everything’s trucking along nicely right now.
We have a boatload of stuff on order for new kits coming out, and before those goods descend upon us en masse, we are stitching relatively peacefully. I’m working up the next Stitch Snippet, writing some tutorials, and making Lists. (I make a lot of lists!) Anna’s test-stitching other project ideas. Between times, we are working on a line of beautiful little hand-crafted Christmas needle minders.
We’ve stocked a lovely Christmas keepsake needle pack from Bohin recently, if you haven’t seen it. I tried to stock enough to carry us through into the holiday season, but I’m not sure if they’ll last till December. We shall see! Bohin needles are among the best out there – this is a great way to try a nice collection of them.
We also have another small batch of needle minders in stock right now, and we have pretty much all of our floche in stock, too!
Next week, we’ll have some more ready-to-stitch Christmas towel sets underway, so we will be adding more to the ones currently available.
Things are good. It’s nice to be caught up for a little while!