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Button Making

A series of courses and free tutorials on all types of Passementerie buttons 

Courses in this category:

The death's head button (aka deathshead, death head) is one of the most iconic of the 18th century. The wrapping technique is also the basis for many other passementerie button designs. This tutorial will show how to make this using a perlé cotton over a flat button mould. There is a film for...

Also known as the Dorset Cartwheel or simply the Dorset wheel button, this is the first thread button that many people learn how to make. This video tutorial will show how to make this using perlé cotton over a brass ring.  

Learning from home at your own pace, in your own time. This course will teach you how to make 11 different thread buttons using a variety of techniques. The buttons chosen give a good foundation for button making, covering different aspects such as changing colours, wrapping and basic weaving....

This course shows how to work different back finishes to buttons. While most historical buttons were left 'as is', covering the workings at the back can be an important feature in modern button-making. This course will have tutorials added at intervals. The course is free for students of any...

Learning from home at your own pace, in your own time. This course will teach you how to make 15 different ring buttons using a variety of techniques. Ring buttons have a long history - it is believed that the first ring buttons in England were made in the Dorset region around 1720. However,...

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About Us

Gina-B Silkworks designs and produces a variety of craft kits, books, DVDs and other items with an emphasis on handwork & passementerie (textile trimmings). We also stock a range of tools & materials for these crafts. Gina also makes bespoke items to commission.