Sunday, February 15, 2015

Button-Making

A couple of summers ago I was all set to take Carolyn Barnett's polymer clay button-making class when at the last minute it was cancelled. Yesterday I finally got around to taking the class at her nearby home in picturesque Portsmouth, right next door to Kingston's Olympic Harbour. The day dawned like this, but what better way to spend a snowy Valentine's Day? I decided to take a 10-minute bus ride rather than dig out our car.
 

Carolyn laid out bits of clay like appetizers on a plate on her dining table.


Ella, Carolyn's talented teenaged assistant, worked on these bright beauties.


Creative classes of any type really give me an inferiority complex. I look around at what everyone else is producing and feel hopelessly dull. However, I did manage to learn how to mix colours, make cane, use an extruder, and use impressions for texture.






Not sure why I made so many triangles. Not the best button shape, after all.
The day was perfect for a first wearing of my new top-down hat and fingerless gloves (worn, of course, under a pair of stranded mittens). Note that the cables on each hand twist toward the centre of the body, i.e. the left-hand cables twist to the right and vice versa. This is the sort of detail that pleases me.



Although you may not realize it, no patterns of mine go out into the world until they've been test-worn for a while. It's my way of judging a knit a success. Hat in Quince's "Puffin", gloves in "Chickadee", both in Robin's Egg. Next time, a tutorial, "Closing the Thumb Gap".

1 comment:

  1. What a great idea--buttons to match precious knits. (And it reminds me that I'm going to resort to polymer to recreate part of a broken wooden applique on my dad's early 20th century high chair.) When my niece, who is in her mid thirties, was two, she loved to go into our local fabric store that had nearly a full wall of buttons and find the ones people had misplaced and put them back on the correct hooks. In the absence of those kinds of stores, making buttons seems like a great idea.
    (Love your hat and mitts too.)

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