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  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback
  • Publication: 07 June 2019
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781782217596
  • Stock: 50+
  • Size: 155x215 mm
  • Illustrations: 120
  • Pages: 48
  • RRP Price: £4.99
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20 to Stitch: Fabric Buttons


by Gina Barrett

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Book Description

Create 20 unique, shaped fabric buttons for use as embellishments or accessories.

Learn to make 20 button designs using fabric as an embellishment to a garment or as a piece of jewellery or accessory. Gina Barrett uses techniques such as stitching, embroidery and beading, and provides shaped templates for those projects where the reader may need more assistance.

The buttons are all worked at a small size, so will require limited materials and thread for a polished finish.

There are no complex button-making techniques here; all the buttons can be created by the reader at home, following Gina's straightforward instructions and stitch diagrams.  

Table of Contents

Introduction 4
Materials, tools and techniques 6
Flower 8
Paisley 10
Boho toggle 12
Envelope toggle 14
Dotted singleton 16
Kelly 18
Bow 20
Trinket 22
Rivet 24
Sunshine 26
Pod 28
Bottle-top 30
Garden 32
Cushion 34
Crown 36
Shell 38
Wrapped up 40
X’ Marks the Spot 42
Spiral 44
Laced up 46
Author’s note 48

About the Author

About Gina Barrett

Gina Barrett began her career as a graphic designer and illustrator, often specialising in romantic book covers. This led to more intense study of costume, which in itself led to a passion for historical passementerie including buttons and other trimmings. She now provides bespoke items to costumers for film, theatre, museums and fashion and continues to research techniques. In 2016 Gina set herself a challenge - One Button a Day, to create a passementerie button and share the image on social media every single day. The fact that it was a leap year was not one she had thought of in the January, so she did complete 366 buttons! These ranged from reconstructions of historical buttons, traditional styles, and button designs that were totally unique. She and her husband run Gina-B Silkworks, bringing original tools, kits and materials for traditional crafts to a modern audience.


Postcard Reviews

If you want to learn a craft simply and effortlessly then the 20 to Stitch books are just the ticket.

I have always loved buttons, I remember my mum having an old tin filled with the small colourful and sometimes strange looking necessities.

This is a book filled with exquisite buttons, these can be used to adorn jackets, bags, tags and pretty much anything that needs something to make it just right.

Easy to make, with templates and simple instructions, they are embellished with beads, embroidery and with various shapes that are quite unlike the traditional looking button.

There are 20 beautiful designs and each one has a beautiful and unique look. They do not take long to make and even if you arent a stitcher, they are still something anyone can make and still achieve a stunning result.

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