Two of my demonstration pieces worked over the weekend.
What an exhausting weekend the Brockenhurst Needlework Fiesta was. Two days of nonstop chat. However, it is so rewarding when someone leaves your stall saying they have been inspired. It makes the whole weekend worthwhile. I even had a run on Marion Howitt’s book, Dorset Button Fact File, in fact I ran out of stock and had to contact Marion today to order more copies.
Thank you for visiting my stall and for making this weekend so worthwhile.
For a bit of light relief I thought I would have a bit of fun with these earrings made from findings I found on EBay, my own 10mm silver look beads and a Dorset Button.
I worked the Dorset Button on a 16mm hollow brass ring using DMC stranded silver thread size 5#. I split the thread into two using four strands only to work the button. I don’t usually like working in stranded thread as I prefer to use twisted yarn, but I was hooked on this particular yarn as it was very easy to use, as can be seen from the button.
Hardy’s Birthplace Visitor centre is hosting another of its very popular Dorset Button creative workshop on Monday 18th April 10am till 12:30
Learn a traditional Dorset craft in the lovely woodland setting which inspired the writer Thomas Hardy.
This workshop will be run by Anna McDowell (from Henrys Buttons) who will share her creative flare with attendees to create their own traditional Dorset Buttons. The Dorset Button ‘cottage’ industry affected the lives of hundreds of families in Dorset for more than 200 years. Like a number of heritage crafts and skills, designs were passed down from generation to generation.
Anna’s workshop will see those traditional skills yet again passed around our community and you will create unique buttons in the comfort of a modern, spacious visitor centre with lots of natural light.
Anna was commissioned to create the buttons for Bathsheba (Carey Mulligan ) dresses in the latest adaptation of Far from the Madding Crowd. Using original methods Anna combines contemporary materials and designs to help keep the tradition of Dorset Buttons alive.
Set 3 miles east from Dorchester with an independent Café serving lunches and refreshments, free parking and wonderful setting let your creativity flow at Hardy’s Birthplace Visitor Centre.
Workshop Price: £13.00 to include morning coffee plus £1:00 for materials direct to Anna
Spaces limited so Please book 01305 251228 or email@example.com
Workshop location: Hardy’s Birthplace Visitor Centre DT2 8QH
Café details can be found at www.facebook.com/underthegreenwoodtreecafe/info/?tab=overview
Photo from Henrys Buttons http://www.henrysbuttons.co.uk/index.html
Hardy’s Birthplace Visitor Centre www.dorsetforyou.com/article/416992/Visiting-Hardys-Birthplace
I designed this Dorset Button to symbolize the Dementia Friends symbol the For-get-me-knot. Apparently it will be used as a symbol for participants in Shaftesbury’s commitment to make Shaftesbury a dementia friendly town.
Being a Dementia Friend is about having an understanding of dementia and the small things we can all do that can make a difference to people living with dementia.
As part of the National Dementia Friendly Community initiative, Cedars Castle Hill in partnership with The Westminster Memorial Hospital Shaftesbury are working towards Shaftesbury becoming a dementia-friendly community to help people living with dementia feel included, understood, respected, supported and confident they can contribute to community life.