I was lucky enough to be given the opportunity to test out some of the new Kirstie Allsopp kits that are available exclusively at Hobbycraft. I tested three out of the twelve kits available; needle felting, soap making and the button kit.
Kirstie Allsopp Button Kit
The kit that I kept coming back to time and again was the Kirstie Allsopp Button Kit, although this might have had something to do with my weakness for pretty buttons! There are so many beautiful buttons included within the kit, I spent a good 15 minutes looking through them all and thinking of lots of ways in which to use them.
Included in the box you get four packets of buttons, one packet of findings, and one packet of ribbons. Included in the findings packet is a handy jump ring opener; simply slot you jump ring into one of the grooves on the opener, so that the opening on the jump ring is facing up, and gently apply pressure with your thumb (or if you have some, pliers) to open, pop your button on and then do the reverse to close the jump ring back up.
I decided to use two pairs of jewellery pliers as I found this to be a tad quicker and easier.
From one kit I made three bracelets , one key-ring charm and still had lots of buttons, findings and some pretty lace ribbon left over for future projects.
I had a go at making two charm bracelets using the metal chain that was included, I had to shorten them as they were a fraction too long for my wrist. On one of the bracelets I used a clasp and large jump ring as a fastening and then on the other a toggle clap (this comprises of a t-bar and a large circular finding attached to either end of the chain).
I also made a bracelet using some of the brown waxed cotton cord.
I was itching to make something else with the buttons and leftover chain. Inspired by a demonstration I’d seen I used some of the leftover chain to make a charm key-ring, although if I were to make one again it would be shorter as it was a fraction too long after all of the buttons had been added.
I can’t wait to test out the other kits, particularly soap making as this is something that I have never tried before, fingers crossed it will all go to plan, I’ll make sure to keep you posted!