Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Yea - I've started January - Double Infinity

The kiddo's just went off to school today, but I did manage to begin my piece already! I found just enough beige cotton in my mother's stuff which i will use as my foundation. I'm happy I can include a part of her in all my pieces this year. I was a little learry about not using stiff stuff since i am ATTEMPTING to cover #100 buttons. I did add some lightweight 2-sided Pellon and am using the 'paper' for added stability which i can them tear away when i'm done. I found an entry in Robin's blog how she covers her buttons and am using that as my template. I also googled beaded buttons and found an article she contributed to in a 2004 Belle Armoire magazine which i had to order. You can find just about anything on-line! OF course, I had to get it because part of my brain insists of reading up the rules and directions for everything! That is why i love this project - there are no rules! Anyway, I've yet to get the magazine, but am almost half done with my beading. I believe I will encrust the ENTIRE pieces this year - it is alook i've always admired in other's work. I was wanting to put some word charms for journaling, but everything i've got or bought was too big to fit the 'curve' of the button, so i'm still looking for a 'journaling' aspect to add. I'm a little apprehensive about putting the fabric onto the button form, but if it doesn't work, i can always make it into a flat circle pendant! Hope everyone is having a fun time at this...

4 comments:

flyingbeader said...

When I work on beaded buttons, I use wool felt which makes it easier to wrap the ends into the button shank. That might work better for you

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Robin said...

It all depends on the type of covered button you're using... If you're using a half-ball Dritz cover button form, there wouldn't be room for felt or pellon. Just email me if you have any questions or difficulties with this. About journaling... it really doesn't have to be words to be journaling... I just tuck the word in the back of my mind and pick up beads that appeal to me at the moment... the word in the back of my mind somehow comes forward in whatever I do. It's magic! Play with it... It will be fabulous!!!

Robin A.

Whytefeather said...

I hadn't thought about beading on buttons, sounds challenging. Yet another project to tuck away in the back of my mind to play with some time. Hope you have a great and fun year working on them!

bubbygigi said...

I just covered a button the other day. I found a plastic shank button the size I wanted and used press on fleece on my fabric and then cut out a circle about the size of the button plus about 3/8" and sewed by hand around the circle with a double thread. Then I pulled the thread, in effect, making a yoyo. By hand, I secured the thread once I liked the shape and used fray check over the ends. You can see the button on my blog as part of the thread catcher. Gita