Details, details

Looking at recent posts, I realise that it’s a while since I wrote about anything yarn related. There are two reasons for this. First, I was making something that I didn’t want to reveal until it reached the recipient and since I only posted it on Saturday, it’s going to be a while before it gets to the other side of the world. However, it was a playful project and so I will just tease you with a sneak preview:

I've been using some beads

I’ve been using some beads

And, second, I didn’t want to bore you with more of the same, as I’ve been making more scrunchies and dishcloths to add to my stock for sale. However, I have also crocheted a jumper for Mr Snail’s friend Auguste (more on this in a future post… possibly from him not me) and I have finally come to terms with my button needs.

For some time now I have been waiting for some buttons to be made for me. I’ve waited and waited, but they have not been forthcoming. So, last week I bit the bullet and looked for an alternative source. I had a few requirements: they couldn’t be too heavy, and I didn’t want plastic, metal (Sam chews metal) or wood. So, finally, I settled for some beautiful shell ones. These have arrived and so I’m now completing my sofa cushions (the first phase of covering my sofa). I’m not ready for the grand reveal on this project either because there’s quite a bit of construction yet to do, but here are a few details:

Much of my time has been taken up recently preparing teaching materials, but I’m hoping that I will have a bit more opportunity for creativity in coming weeks.

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  1. looking forward to the Great Sofa Reveal.

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  2. Love the sneak peek of the beaded project. I also love shell buttons. I use them often on garments I make. Love the colors of your sofa cushions.

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    • Thank you thank… I can’t wait for the beaded thing to arrive at its destination, so I can show you the whole thing. I’ve had those beads sitting around for decades and it was lovely to be inspired to use some of them, although I have hundreds more!!

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  3. Anne Phillips

     /  April 13, 2015

    When our Aunt died at 104 years old we found a box of buttons that have been keeping me going for the past 25 plus years. If the garment had reached it’s “point of no return” I took the buttons of and recycled the garment as waste. Sadly most of the buttons have gone for ever now but it was great fun while it lasted.

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    • How lovely – I do have some mother of pearl buttons from an aged friend (sadly deceased) of my mother. I treasure my button box and cannot imagine throwing buttons away!

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  4. Oh my goodness Dr Snail – I live ‘on the other side of the world’ – should I be getting excited? [clasps hands together and looks imploringly towards the far north-west of the globe] πŸ™‚

    I adore your sofa do-over and cannot wait for the big reveal! It is my inspiration every time I think I need to get a sofa for my flat and re-home my white cotton covered chairs. [Which is a think I have quite often!] I’m so sorry your original button plans did not work out, but the shell buttons are an inspired choice too! I hope Max does not develop a taste for them!

    Hope you are well and enjoying some nice spring weather – I have missed some posts I’m sure, but will attempt to catch up on important news over the next few days! xoxo

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    • I do not know how long it takes a dragon to get to New Zealand, but I hope you won’t have to wait too long. The ladies in the post office were most amused at my answer of ‘a dragon’ to there question about the contents of the parcel. I assured them that he is very well-behaved and would not spontaneously combust!
      Are you home now?

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      • Sqeeeeeeee! Yes, I arrived home yesterday, had an almost twelve hour sleep and am getting back into the flow! It’s lovely to go away [especially for this particular event] but lovely to come back home as well!

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  5. Those shell buttons are enticing for a magpie like me. I love shiny things and they set off your cushions beautifully. I just finished my sisters 50th birthday lacy spiders web creation (pashmina) and she received it intact (not always the case with our postal system πŸ˜‰ ) I have half of another shawl made that I am going to use as a Facebook give away “just because it’s winter” and I am halfway through making Stevie-boy a pouffe. Make of that what you will! πŸ˜‰

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  6. The shell buttons are lovely and really complement the yarn colours. The project with beads is really tantalizing, looks very pretty. Looking forward to seeing more.

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  7. There’s nothing like a spot of lovely haberdashery, is there? I love shell buttons, and have some still that my mother had collected from old clothes, other people and who knows where. Every so often, I will grudgingly use some of these treasures. On the other side of the coin, I have a couple of large bags of assorted buttons of modern vintage into which I dive to find something unusual – all the buttons on my earlier Happiness quilt came from this. From which you will gather that I also have a bit of a button habit…

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  8. Thank you for the teasers. I can’t wait to see the finished projects. Your sofa colors are beautiful.

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  9. Your shell buttons are beautiful. I saw how these were made once in a museum. In any event, I can’t wait to see the sofa cover and pillows.

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  10. enjoyed the tease and I could never get bored of what you create. I love the shelly buttons too. ❀

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  11. ps. glad to hear I am not the only one who has to work around the anipals when fixing up the house. πŸ˜€

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  12. Not very useful for a sofa, but if you ever have a need for glass buttons I can make those!

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    • I love the idea of glass buttons… in fact I have some vintage French glass buttons just awaiting the right project. I’ve just looked at your web site… I’ll be in touch next time I need some special buttons πŸ™‚

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  13. I love these close-up photos that show texture and detail!

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  14. Oh, these are beautiful, I LOVE that beading with the wool!

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