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The Button Project - Buttons arrive in Macclesfield from all over the world!

The Button Project - a stunning exhibition of over 300 contemporary handmade buttons - is taking shape, as buttons start to arrive from all over the world. From Australia to Norway, and all over the UK, artists and makers are translating their work into buttons for this exciting new event.

Artists were asked to work within the constraints of traditional button sizes and fixing methods, but from there, their imagination was free to roam.  Each button is a miniature work of art in its own right and highly collectible.

The Button Project is intended to serve as a celebration of the heritage of the area, which began with the silk button. The dynamic buttons come from craft practitioners and artists at the top of their field, plus our rising stars and many who make just for the love of it. They will be showcased effortlessly alongside the silk costume collection at Macclesfield’s Heritage Centre from June 14 to August 8 2013.  Plus there will be related displays at the nearby Silk Museum showing treasures of the behind-the scenes button collections, and a lively button-making workshop for kids.

The museum curator, Annabel Wills, says

“It has been wonderful to see how our contemporary makers have responded to the historic collections at Macclesfield. A real feast of talent and inventiveness.”

From precious metals and traditional silk buttons, to glass, felt, enamels and recycled materials; the creativity from makers has been diverse and eye-catching, with The Button Project’s youngest contributor being just 11 years old. The project will be launched at, and will form part of the programme for, the Barnaby Festival, Macclesfield’s summer festival of contemporary arts, culture and fun, taking place in June. Both look set to be events not to be missed.

The Button Project: Macclesfield Heritage Centre Roe Street, Macclesfield SK11 6UT June 15 to August 82013.

Additional displays and events: The Silk Museum, Park Lane, Macclesfield, SK11 6TJ

The Button Project- Press Release

The nation’s makers roll up their sleeves for The Button Project


Bunny Button, by Rachel Elliott Glassworks

A stunning exhibition of contemporary handmade buttons will go on show alongside the silk costume collection at Macclesfield’s Heritage Centre this June.  Running from June 14 – August 8 the exhibition will be launched at Barnaby, the town’s summer festival of art and fun, and will showcase work by artists and makers from across the UK, and even beyond. 

Read more: The Button Project- Press Release

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TV dates, shows & workshops

Create & Craft

Saturday 29th April 2017, 10am

Teneriffe Lace

Gina-B Silkworks' Teneriffe Lace Looms rangeWe're really excited to be launching our new Teneriffe Lace range on Create & Craft!

There will be a Starter Pack with 2 looms, lace thread, needles and patterns to get you started, and a range of individual looms for different shapes (heart, hexagon, diamond, etc - even borders and corners!). More shapes will be released in coming months.

The acrylic looms are designed to be easy to hold, and by using holding stitches, there are no fiddly pins to have to deal with. The looms will be available in violet (easy on the eyes when using traditional lace colours) and a selection of them with also be available in white, should you wish to create black lace. Every small loom is numbered and will also clip into the Total Trimmings Table Deluxe should you prefer a stationery loom.

We're also really excited to be launching the first edition of our new Total Trimmings Project Books. This will take you through the basics of Teneriffe lace, such as joining, starching, insetting and so on - as well as lots of patterns! It will also have a series of projects for your finished lace including jewellery, buttons, pincushions and clothing embellishment.  

Create & Craft TV: Sky 674 / 675 | Freeview 23 | Virgin 748 | Freesat 813 | Apple TV | Amazon Fire or watch online 


Sunday May 7th, 10am-4pm

The LQ&N Fair, Peterborough

We'll be at this year's Peterborough Lacemaking, Quilting & Needlecraft Fair at the East of England Showground. To find out more visit - The LQ&N Fair 2017




*Shows are live, and subject to change at short notice. Please remember to check the Create & Craft website listing for the latest information.


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