Whitework Button Collection

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Description

‘Whitework’ is really an umbrella term which spans a hugely diverse range of embroidery techniques, each with their own unique history, stitches and fibre requirements. These are unified by the use of white (or neutral) thread on a white (or neutral) ground fabric. This the design comes to life through the sculptural and textural qualities of the stitches and the effect they have on the fabric.

I have always been fascinated by the design of buttons! There is nothing more soothing than rummaging through a button tin to find treasures of design in miniature form. This collection of small designs is based on buttons from my own collection. It aims, within each individual button, to teach a different range of stitches from the whitework spectrum, thus as a whole, the collection provides an excellent grounding in this topic.

This is therefore an excellent design for beginners to the art of whitework embroidery or for those wishing to develop and perfect their skills.

Each button does not take too long to produce and can be displayed in its own right in a box frame, or even converted to wear as a brooch. Several buttons together look wonderful displayed in a box frame, mixed with some real buttons.

Box frames to display the buttons are available.

Each kit includes all threads and materials required to work the design and then to make the finished embroidery into a button over a pre-cut mould, presented in a hand-made calico tote bag with tag.

The designs are:

  1. Roses
  2. Heart
  3. Ayrshire Roundel
  4. Buttercup
  5. Scabious

To see details of stitching, individual kit contents and other requirements to complete the buttons, please see the relevant information tabs.

Additional information

Weight N/A
Dimensions N/A
Shape

Scabious, Roses, Heart, Ayrshire Roundel, Buttercup

Kit Contents - Roses

This delicate design incorporates darning on to fine tulle, layered beneath silk organza, and then embroidered with shadow work, padded satin petals, eyelets and beads. The finished button is mounted over a pre-cut padded form and edged with buttonhole loops.

Finished button measures 6.5cm diameter

KIT CONTENTS

Pre-printed silk organza

Nylon conservation grade superfine tulle

Natural linen batiste backing fabric

Pre-cut conservation card mould

Cotton padding

DMC Stranded Cotton

DMC Retors D’Alsace

DMC Floche à Broder

Glass seed beads and pearls

Cotton lace thread

Tapestry needle for net darning

All embroidery needles required in needlecase with wool flannel

Small pot of conservation adhesive

Sandpaper

Nymo beading thread

Detailed fully-illustrated instruction manual

Kit Contents - Heart

The heart button is worked on a ground of linen evenweave, allowing the inclusion of counted satin based and pulled thread stitches. These are combined with bands of drawn thread where the threads of the ground are extracted and the remaining threads embellished. The evenweave is covered with a layer of silk organza with the addition of shadow applied ric-rac, sequins, beads, eyelets and a trailing edge.

The finished design is mounted over a pre-cut conservation card padded form and edged with bead picots.

KIT CONTENTS

Pre-printed silk organza

Linen evenweave pre-mounted on to a cotton support fabric

Natural linen batiste backing fabric

Pre-cut conservation card mould

Tracing paper

Cotton padding

DMC Stranded Cotton

DMC Retors D’Alsace no. 8 and no. 12

Glass seed beads

Sequins

Nylon ‘invisible’ thread

Cotton lace threads

Fine cotton ric-rac

All embroidery needles required in needlecase with wool flannel

Small pot of conservation adhesive

Sandpaper

Nymo beading thread

Detailed fully-illustrated instruction manual

Kit Contents - Ayrshire Roundel

This design is a super introduction to the art of working Ayrshire needlelace-style fillings which were the famed component of the Ayrshire whitework of the 19th century.

The design involves making a large open eyelet with bound edge before adding a classic filling using twisted buttonhole with a central buttonhole ‘pop’ or ring. The completed design is mounted over a pre-made card form with the addition of a ric-rac and pearl frill.

PLEASE NOTE: a video showing the working of the filling can also be provided on request on purchase of the kit.

Finished button measures 4cm diameter

KIT CONTENTS

Pre-printed fine Italian linen batiste, pre-machined on to a cotton support fabric

Natural linen batiste backing fabric

Pre-cut conservation card mould

Cotton padding

Card templates divided into portions to aid positioning of fillings

DMC Retors D’Alsace

Glass seed pearls

Cotton lace threads

Fine cotton ric-rac

All embroidery needles required in needlecase with wool flannel

Small pot of conservation adhesive

Sandpaper

Nymo beading thread

Detailed fully-illustrated instruction manual

Kit Contents - Buttercup

This delicate design is based on the 5 petal form of a buttercup bloom. The design is formed using shadow appliqué with fine cotton lawn applied beneath silk organza using pin stitch, with the addition of single eyelets and fly stitch, and the added sparkle of pearls and sequins.

The finished design is mounted over a pre-cut conservation card padded form.

KIT CONTENTS

Pre-printed silk organza

Fine swiss cotton lawn

Natural linen batiste backing fabric

Pre-cut conservation card mould

Cotton padding

DMC Retors D’Alsace

Glass pearls

Sequins

Nylon ‘invisible’ thread

Cotton lace threads

All embroidery needles required in needlecase with wool flannel

Small pot of conservation adhesive

Sandpaper

Nymo beading thread

Detailed fully-illustrated instruction manual

Kit Contents - Scabious

The Scabious button is a superb design for getting to grips with the bolder, sculptural forms of whitework stitches such as highly padded satin stitch, beading (connected eyelets), single eyelets, padded French Knots and ladder stitch, with the addition of sparkling pearls and shadow work.

The finished design is mounted over a pre-cut conservation card padded form.

KIT CONTENTS

Pre-printed silk organza

Italian Bisso linen pre-mounted on to a cotton support fabric

Natural linen batiste backing fabric

Pre-cut conservation card mould

Cotton padding

DMC Stranded Cotton

DMC Retors D’Alsace no. 8 and no. 12

Glass pearls

Cotton lace threads

All embroidery needles required in needlecase with wool flannel

Small pot of conservation adhesive

Sandpaper

Nymo beading thread

Detailed fully-illustrated instruction manual

EXTRA REQUIREMENTS

To complete this kit, you will require the following equipment which can be purchased in the webshop by following the links below:

PLEASE NOTE that those items marked * are ESSENTIAL, whereas the other items are helpful but NOT essential:

KIT FAQs

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHAT DOES MY KIT INCLUDE?
Your kit includes all the fabric, threads and needles required to complete the design, together with a highly comprehensive illustrated instruction manual, written and drawn by Jenny. All threads are carefully packaged and labelled to denote where they are to be used in the design. We suggest you have a look through all the components to familiarise yourself with the complete kit before starting work. Where relevant, kits also include the materials required to construct the completed embroidery.

WILL I NEED ANYTHING ELSE TO ENABLE ME TO COMPLETE MY KIT?
Yes, but only basic embroidery equipment. A list of the items required can be found in the front of your instruction manual. All items can be purchased from our website. If you have any queries about equipment, please feel free to contact us for advice.

HOW MUCH EXPERIENCE DO I NEED TO BE ABLE TO COMPLETE THE KIT?
Most of our kits are designed for embroiderers with some experience, but the instruction manuals are extremely comprehensive and will teach you all you need to know.
If you have any difficulties, or need advice on the difficulty level of a certain kit, you are welcome to contact us.

I FIND TRANSFERRING DESIGNS ON TO FABRIC DIFFICULT
Don’t worry, the designs are all pre-printed for you!

CAN I POST IMAGES OF MY KIT/WORK ON MY BLOG/SOCIAL MEDIA/WEBSITE?
We will be delighted if you wish to show images of this project on your blog/social media/website, as this often inspires others to have a go! However, as a courtesy, please do let me know if you plan to do this, and be aware that blogging of techniques, step-by-step or close-up images, either of the project in progress, the instructions, and the kit contents, is an infringement of copyright. Please always credit the design source and always include Jenny’s website and contact details so that those reading your blog can get in touch. Please highlight any infringements of this copyright which you observe from others.

I AM STRUGGLING WITH A SECTION OF THE DESIGN
One of the most important aspects of buying a kit from us is that you have direct contact to Jenny by email and she will be happy to assist you and provide advice. We cannot always answer within the hour but we will get back to you as soon as possible. If you are really struggling and need more help, we can arrange a lesson for you or to complete the section for you.

I AM MISSING A COMPONENT IN MY KIT OR HAVE RUN OUT OF A THREAD
We do our absolute best to ensure these situations don’t occur, but your kit is made by humans rather than machines and we do occasionally have a senior moment! Please feel free to let us know and we will be happy to supply more.

I AM NOT HAPPY WITH MY WORK AND WOULD LIKE TO RE-WORK
We totally understand this – most embroiderers incline to perfectionism! While we sadly can’t provide more materials for free, please just let us know what you require and we will be very happy to supply more.

MY DOG/HUSBAND/HOOVER/SOFA/CAT/GOLDFISH ATE MY THREAD!
It happens! Not a problem. Just let us know what you need
and whilst we can’t send these for free, we are more than
happy to supply more.

MY THREAD IS DIFFERENT TO THAT IN THE PHOTOGRAPH OF THE DESIGN
Thread colours may vary somewhat due to dyeing processes and can appear different in reality due to photographic distortion. Due to limitations posed by suppliers, we also reserve the right to substitute project materials with suitable alternatives to those illustrated if absolutely necessary.

HOW CAN I FIND OUT ABOUT NEW DESIGNS?
Please go to Jenny’s website where you can join the mailing list to find out about all new releases. We promise only to send you relevant embroidery-related news and not to pass your details to third parties.

CAN I SUBMIT MY WORK TO A CRAFT SHOW OR COMPETITION?
We are delighted if you have enjoyed working the project and would like to submit your piece to a craft/country show competition etc. Please do let Jenny know if you are doing this as she would love to hear how you get on. Please always credit the design source and always include Jenny’s website and contact details so that people viewing the piece can get in touch.

CAN I TEACH THE DESIGN TO OTHERS?
If you have enjoyed working the project yourself and would like to share this with friends or wish to work the design with your students, you are welcome to contact Jenny for more kits. The kit and accompanying instructions must otherwise not be copied, reproduced or taught in any form without prior permission. This will otherwise infringe copyright. Multiple kit orders are welcome and can be supplied on a wholesale basis by arrangement. Please contact Jenny for more details.

I WOULD LIKE HELP WITH THE CONSTRUCTION OR DISPLAY OF MY FINISHED WORK
Excellent news. We hope you have enjoyed the journey and are delighted with the finished result! If you would like help with mounting or finishing the design, please feel free to get in touch. If you would like to order a frame, box or similar for displaying the finished piece, please visit the webshop.

Extra Kit Information

Each kit is designed with your stitching joy in mind and is lovingly created for you over many hours by our tiny family team in  the UK.

Every material you could need to complete the design, however small, is included in carefully labelled packets. Some kits include over 100 components!

We use only the very best quality materials, and many are made for us by specialist craftspeople sourced by Jenny throughout her career, and hailing from around the globe. Jenny’s skilled family members are often commandeered to make various bespoke components which could never be found otherwise.

Once you purchase a design, we want to you to enjoy and finish the project and therefore are always on hand to answer queries, however small or daft you feel they may be.

The highly comprehensive instruction manuals are written and hand-illustrated by Jenny, rather than using generic stitch diagrams. These are full of the tips and tricks required to express stitches and designs at their very best.

All design shapes are pre-printed on to the various materials included in your kit, to ensure that you have accurate design shapes to work from and can progress straight on to the embroidery without having to transfer the design yourself.

We also aim to provide various items for display or construction of the finished embroidery, allowing you the satisfaction of framing the piece yourself or turning it into a more unusual item such as a bag or book.

I hope that this special design will provide you with a VIP ticket to ‘Jennyland’, an all-consuming experience which will transport you a world of stitching pleasure and imagination. Enjoy!

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