Button coat baby steps
So, I had intended to spend the week working on Gareth’s birthday presie, but I got sidetracked a little (finished his presie two hours ago though). I decided that since the coat was to have glass, plastic, leather, wood, pottery and shell buttons, then it ought to have an embroidered one too.
The large size self cover buttons come in packs of three though, so I ended up with three, as I was really getting into it – it makes a nice change to do a project you can complete in an evening.
This one, then, is some random green floss(of which I have about twenty grams – a veritable lifetime’s supply) in laid and couched work. I was worried that the side of the buttons would show the fabric a little so I used black linen, which meant I had to do the laidwork twice to ensure coverage. The blue split and stem stitches are a random bit of kreinik I had lying around.
It’s quite scary how scruffy something so small can look when you blow it up, isn’t it – please bear in mind that these are only about an inch across!
B, for my surname, more green and red and blue kreinik, split, stem and french knots on a piece of linen taken from an old summer dress. Although I had decided to do the buttons using medieval embroidery techiniques I am easily distracted by french knots cos they’re so much fun to do (not that I’m very good at them mind you)
It must be the difference in design, but put side by side the b button looks far smaller than the t.
I’m going to use these two at the top of the two rows of buttons that will go down the back skirts of the coat. The third button, which I haven’t started yet cos I was doing Gareth’s presie, will be another t in or nue, and that will be one of the front fasteners.
~ by opusanglicanum on February 10, 2012.