You may remember that I did some button cards with the girls while they were here. They chose to draw on their cards, but I decided to give it a try using stitch.
For the first card, the girls chose the button 'balloons' and the 'sun'. I used a pin to prick the holes for stitching and then used embroidery thread to stitch the strings. Using a double running stitch, the front and back of the card looks identical. I've also used ribbon to tie the 'strings' together.
The next design I chose to do, were flowers. Again we've got a button sun. I stitched the stems with a double running stitch and the leaves are detached chain stitch. By pricking the holes for the thread beforehand, stitching was fairly easy. In both cards, the buttons have been tied on using embroidery thread.
They were fun to do and I think they make a fun pair of cards. I do have some other designs in my head which I will try sometime soon. It's a fun way to combine my love of embroidery and use up my buttons. Having pretty cards at the end is a bonus.
Thank you for all the comments on the last blog post, it's prompted some wonderful conversations. I think creative people really appreciate the need to pass on those skills to others.
When making with children, I always find that they appreciate being given a choice in what they do. It's an important part in encouraging their creative processes. In developing creative skills, often there isn't a right or a wrong way, there is just the way that's best for us personally and what appeals to us.
When we made the cards, although the basic idea was the same, the girls were given the option to stitch or draw the strings to the balloons and they both chose to draw them. They were given my button boxes and chose their buttons and, as you can see they each chose a different number of buttons. The thread and pen colours was chosen by the girls too. These were going to be their cards and they were putting their individual mark on them.
The elder of the girls took her card away to use another day, but the younger one drew some wonderful pictures of her family inside and gave it to her mum and dad. Her face was a picture of happiness when she gave it to them.
The girls had fun making their cards, but they also got to that special feeling that comes from giving a handmade gift to someone. Funnily enough, on the journey over to our house, they got to see how special their handmade gifts were. I've still got a foam dinosaur hanging from the rear view mirror in the car that Little One made us a couple of years ago!
After the girls left, I continued with the theme of the button cards and developed the use of stitch. I'll share those with you tomorrow.
As I had no cards in reserve, making cards went to the top of the making list and I have made a start on using my buttons. The yellow cards wouldn't be my first choice, but they had to be used up and it feels good to be using papers I've had for nearly twenty years. I knew they would come in useful sometime, but I didn't really expect to be waiting this long!
The buttons were sewn onto the paper first, using normal sewing thread. Once the buttons were attached, the cards were assembled, gluing the layers together. This has meant there are no exposed threads, a very neat finish to the cards.
I've got lots more ideas for making cards with buttons, but that will be for another day. I really must get back to the quilt.
Thank you to everyone that took part and commented on the giveaway post. Unfortunately, there can only be one winner, and it was chosen by Daniel before he went out this morning. He picked number seven which was Terry. I'll be getting the candle and mat in the post and on it's way to you this week.
While I was here, I thought I'd introduce you all to an old friend of mine, you've been hearing a lot about this over the last few weeks, so here you are - my trusty button tin.
I've never known a time without this tin and it's contents, along with another tin that held all my mum's sewing threads. I still have that too, but this is the one that gets all the use.
The packets on the top, are spare buttons that have come with new clothes, you may even spy a few "googly" eyes there too. Underneath that layer, it's full of loose buttons. Where have they come from? Some have been taken from clothes passed being usable, like the shirt buttons I collected this week. Others are the ones leftover on cards or in packets, that were bought for specific garments. I also have some that were gifted to me, I will never refuse a good home to buttons.
When I need buttons, I'll look through here first, and will only buy new if there is nothing suitable. As you will have noticed, the baby shoes have all been adorned by these vintage buttons. Hopefully, that will be true for some considerable time to come.
Do any of you have stitching or crafting treasures handed down through the family? If you do, I'd love hear about them.
I have had a lifelong love of crafts which started with being taught how to knit at a very young age. It didn't take long to realise that great joy and satisfaction came from making things. Even now, I get a thrill seeing something that started just as an idea, becoming a finished product, whether I make it, or teach someone else how to make it.