Once in a while it is good to try something new. I would never call myself a beader. I don't have the patience to really get to grips with the craft and I have a lot of trouble with keeping my thread under tension. There have been many a beading project where I've come to the end and discovered a bead dangling in the middle of my work. But at Textiles in Focus last week, Sarah from Bee Crafty asked me if I would like to try out her Beaded Button Corsage kit.... well... it would have been rude to refuse!
I picked out a green and purple kit from the several kits Sarah had prepared specially for the show. The first step was to cover the button and stitch on the beads which was easy following the excellent step by step instructions.
Next I had to gather up the beautiful shaded silk ribbon included with the kit (and decide whether to have green or purple on the outer edge.)
And then combine the two to make the corsage. At this point I have to confess that although I love the beaded button and think that the shaded ribbon is gorgeous I'm not that keen on them combined... but I'm aware that is just a case of personal taste. For me it feels a little bit too much like a rosette. But however you end up making up the kit, it is excellent value with very clear instructions and with plenty of beads left to make more than one button...
Which is a good thing because I love my beaded button.... so much so I've even made another one!
And today I've been trying out something else new... but that will have to wait for another post!