Singleton Buttons – Free Tutorial!


I have written this tutorial for the WI Website and am posting it here as a freebie in case anyone fancies a go at Singleton Buttons! I love them and make a lot of them to match different projects – slightly more work than a manufactured covered button but a lot more fun and cheaper too. This is one of the historic thrift crafts of my home county, Dorset.

I will be teaching this method at a handmade button dayschool at Denman College on 16 September 2013, alongside traditional woven Dorsets and embroidered buttons.

Just click the link into the pdf below to get started with the tutorial, and please do let me know how you get on with it, and send any photos of your buttons – I would love to see them!

Singleton Tutorial


Festive Fun at the WI’s Denman College

What a busy time I’ve had! No sooner had I partly settled into our new home, I was on my way up to Oxfordshire to teach papercrafts at the WI’s Denman College. This was a ‘New Wave Weekend’, a chance for the girls to get together, have some fun and entertainment in the beautiful surroundings, and try out some specially selected ‘on-trend’ workshops – a great blend from crafts and singing to cookery to image & wardrobe to blogging. I also met up with a celebrity in the making, the awesome WI sewing tutor, watch this space… and did some great networking with some truly ‘inspiring women’. 

At home, I’ve also been decorating rooms, altering curtains and appliquéing  planning patchwork, crocheting and am about to do up some old furniture with chalk paint and decopatch. How did I ever find the time to work full hours…

Here are a selection of wonderful paper wreaths made by students on my workshops this weekend. I really hope that they all like them as I was very pleased with the results! Well done, all!