Thursday, September 5, 2013

how tos and must dos..

i am pretty sure some of you already know how to do these button chains I have used to embellish the spines of the books i have made lately

but i am also pretty sure many of you might not...

 gather up a selection of buttons and beads... buttons with shanks will work, as will beads and charms - really, anything you can string will be just fine and i myself prefer a mix...

perle coton #12 is my favourite thread and a super fine crochet hook... you'll also need a large eyed needle, big enough to thread the perle coton through

begin by selecting a certain number of buttons, beads and charms in various sizes, shapes and colours
(for a large book i like my certain number to be about 10 - 12)

thread the needle and string the beads etc

don't cut a length of thread; just pull it from the skein/ball

 using your super fine crochet hook, chain 12

(super fine being a hook so fine it will make you mental trying to actually use the darn thing - i would get up and go look at the actual size but i'm pretty happy here at the moment with my glass of milk and toasted bun dripping with butter and honey...)

 pull the first button-charm thing to the chain stitching, and then chain stitch over it

 it's kind of awkward, especially if the button is a bit big but don't worry if it's kind of loose and floppy - it will get sorted when you attach it to the book

 chain two 

pull the next button forward and chain stitch over it

 chain one, or chain two, depending how big or small the button or bead is

keep bringing the buttons forward, chain stitching over them and then chain stitching one or two stitches before bringing the next one forward

when all the buttons have been chained in place, chain 12 again

 bring both chain ends together and tie in a knot


 you can pull the knot tight as it really doesn't matter how "clumpy" this gets

 lay this in place on the spine of your book where you want it to go - i added one at the top tape, and one at the lower one - you can also add one in the centre if you like

thread a needle with strong sewing thread - i usually colour match it to the thread i used for the crochet, and sometimes will use the perle coton although it can be a bit heavy for this part...

go under the button chain, between the signatures of the book and pull the ends up, tying tightly with two or three knots

i repeat this several times, back and forth, along the binding tape, going down into the book block between the signatures and always tying two to three knots

tie the two chain stitched ends together in a knot and trim ends

 i'll warn you though - they are addicting!


FlowerLady Lorraine said...

I can see how making those would be addicting. :-)

Have a nice day and a great weekend ~ FlowerLady

Marj Talbot said...

Thanks so much for this post. As soon as I've tidied up this move, I'll be trying this one - lots of buttons to use up - just a fun thing to do. The pictures made it so easy to understand.

Mosaic Magpie said...

Thank you for taking time from your warm honey bun and milk to give us a tutorial. LOL These absolutely make the book in my opinion...they add such interest and catch the light too. When I make a boho wrap bracelet, I do it the same way just longer with a bit more spacing between the buttons/beads!

Createology said...

I adore your button and bead and charm additions to your journals. Addicting is right. Knowing you took the time to share your how-to with us is very sweet indeed. I can imagine how much you have on your listssssss right now getting prepared for the big adventure. Creative Hugs Dear...

Dorthe said...

Dear Jillayne,-
I love your chained buttons,- Thank you for showing the :How To.. and reminding me again, that this is something I would like to try :-)
Youir book looks so pretty and sweet with the closed chains on the spine !!
Hugs and a happy weekend to you.

FredaB said...

It was very good of you to take the time and do this tutorial for us.

It just finishes the book off. I can say that because I am the proud owner of one of these books.


karen said...

fascinating and so beautiful and unique when finished Jillayne...

deanna7trees said...

oh i love these. a good way to make a necklace or bracelet with buttons and charms as well. thank you for this.

Michelle May-The Raspberry Rabbits said...

So fun! I've never made them, but now I think I will try.