Friday, 1 April 2011

2KCBWDAY5 - Wildcard

Wild thing
You make my heart sing
You make everything.....groovy!

Wildcard – Embellish the story

Embellishments come in all types and forms. Some are more than purely decorative and form a practical function – pretty buttons are as much part of holding a garment together as mere decoration, and some are just there to give a piece an extra ‘something’. Blog about an embellishment, be it a zipper, amigurumi eyes or applique patch which you are either saving to use or have in the past used to decorate a project with.

I am taking the wildcard topic today, firstly because I haven't the skill to draw a cartoon or the dulcet tones worthy of a podcast. And nobody on this earth needs to see me doing an interpretive dance! Secondly because I wanted the chance to talk about one of my favourite obsessions - buttons. Or 'OMG! BUTTONS!' as they have become known. I saw a car today with the registration plate ending in OMG. I also love seeing ones with knitting abbreviations on, I wonder if the owners know? My neighbour has SSK.

I don't know what it is about buttons I love, after all they are just pieces of wood or plastic with holes in! I like nothing more than finding some random market or haberdashery shop and looking at all the rows upon rows of plastic tubes. In my local market the buttons must be ancient! The display button is always faded and a completely different colour to the ones inside and I don't think the pricing has changed in that time either and they are all 2p, 5p, or 6p. My kind of money! One of the problems of pre-emptive button buying is how many to get if you don't know what they will be used for. I tend to go with 6 or 8 or 10 for small ones. Whether this is right or not remains to be seen.

I think I have mentioned before that now the baby producing phase of my life is done I am now commencing Ultimate Grandma Training, and part of being a Super-Grandma is a good button tin. T'is true. I wish I had my gran's old button tin, I don't know what happened to it.

I got a few bits of my current button collection out to take pics of and the close proximity of the 'OMG buttons' and the fact he couldn't touch them while I was taking pictures sent my son into a total toddler meltdown! He has the button love too. If the kids have nice buttons on their clothes once they are outgrown or worn out I snip them off and add them to the collection.

The jellybean tin holds loose randomers, the tray has ones that are in sets and the Emma Bridgwater tin holds the fancy ones on cards. Little One had never seen these before and he was very taken with the traffic lights and fire engines so I think I need to figure out a pattern to incorporate them for him. They came from The Button Lady who hasn't got a web shop but is usually at yarn shows around the UK. I'm also very fond of the dinosaurs and bees.

These are my current favourites that I bought from LovePaperFish. She has some great and unusual bright buttons. I am going to be using these in my next project.

Here are a few more. The wooden board they are on was a purchase from the car boot last weekend and I am planning on drilling 4 holes in it and making it into a giant button to go on the wall. My husband seemed very perplexed by this and as usual thinks I am a bit loopy.

I recently saw this video about how to properly sew on a button by the Knitmore Girls. On the video they are sewing on a large and heavy (but pretty!) button but I did pick up quite a few tips and have managed to make a good job of the last few I have sewn on.

Visual Featurette- Couture button tutorial from Jasmin & Gigi on Vimeo.

For a long time I have been dying to go to Duttons for Buttons. It looks like a button goldmine. I'm wondering if a slight detour on the way home from our holiday this year could be arranged. I hope I get to go one day. Some people are phobic about buttons, can you imagine that?!

As long as this wasn't too dull one day I will do a post on my other 'OMG!' weakness which is vintage and retro patterns. And I have much more of those than I have buttons!

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