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Jute Vase Tutorial

3-step Jute Vase Tutorial



This quick craft is a wonderful (and cheap!) way to breathe new life into a window sill, sideboard or coffee table. 

All you need is an empty bottle, some twine (click here to see our selection), and some glue – we used UHU. 

Step 1: Decide where you want your twine to start. Measure up from the bottom and mark a few points around the bottle that you can use as a guide to keep your top line straight. 

Step 2: Start by spreading a little glue onto the glass where your first line of twine will be. The amount of glue you can put on will vary depending on how quickly your glue dries, and how fast you are at sticking! You’ll soon figure out what works for you. 

Step 3: Carefully place your twine into the glue and start to wrap around the bottle, ensuring the glue is still tacky where you are sticking. If it isn’t, add a bit of fresh glue. Repeat until you reach the bottom.

And there you have it! One stylish and unique vase ready to use! 

You could apply this technique to all kinds of different containers, from shoe boxes to jam jars, and in a multitude of different colours and widths of jute. The possibilities are endless!

If you try this or any of our other tutorials, let us know – we love to see your creations! 

If you’ve mastered this and are looking for your next shot of inspiration, why not check out our Pinterest board for more jute, twine and raffia craft ideas? Just click here. 

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Feather Repair

How to: Repair 'Unzipped' Feathers

As you may have noticed, we love a spot of D.I.Y millinery here at Barnett Lawson Trimmings, and this month we have been experimenting with feathers.

Feathers make a wonderful addition to many millinery creations, from hats and fascinators to headdresses and hair accessories.

Feathers can, of course, be used in their original state, but with such a wide range of colours, textures, patterns and sizes available, why limit yourself? As with any creative process, we may find ourselves wanting to adapt, change or experiment with our materials to create something more unusual or unique. The wonderful thing about feathers is that they are an extremely versatile material, and just like our own hair (both are made of keratin), they can be manipulated into hundreds of different styles – from curling, cutting and stripping to dying, burning and steaming.

We will be demonstrating a few of these techniques right here on the blog, as well as over on our Instagram, so make sure you have given us a ‘like’ in order to keep up to date with the latest demos. Click here to visit our instagram. If, however, feather manipulation doesn’t tickle your fancy, then we have many pre-dyed, cut, curled and stripped feathers available online and in our showroom. Click here to view our range of feathers.

First we will be demonstrating how to revive an ‘unzipped’ feather. This is when the interlocking barbs (soft strands either side of the central stem) come apart, making the feather look less neat. We have used a turkey broad feather as these are prone to coming ‘unzipped’.

There are a couple of methods you can try when faced with an untidy feather. Much of the time one of the following methods will be enough to bring your feather back to it’s original state:

1. Firmly holding the stem or spine of the feather, take the separated barbs firmly between your thumb and forefinger and carefully pull along the length of the barbs upwards at a slight angle towards the top of the feather. The idea is to realign the interlocking sections of the feather that have come apart so be sure to pull in the same direction as the other barbs.

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2. If the barbs are twisted, stuck, or just not cooperating, try wetting or steaming the feather before using your fingers to pull the barbs back in line. As you pull them into shape, the feather will begin to dry and most likely realign. 

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We will be sharing many more tutorials, so if you enjoyed this post, be sure to follow us on social media or sign up to our newsletter. Furthermore, if you try this, or have any requests for future tutorials, please do get in touch! We would love to hear from you. 

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Customised Trainers

We all know that trainers are not just for the gym. These comfy and practical wardrobe staples come in all shapes, colours and designs, some  even with lights or wheels! We at Barnett Lawson Trimmings think that everyone deserves a pair of trainers that perfectly conveys their personality or mood, so we have put together a few ideas of how you can do it.

Sequin and Beaded Flowers

Scatter some of our sequin and beaded flowers across the surface of your trainers for an instantly feminine and whimsical makeover. These can be easily sewn or glued on, or attached to a brooch back and pinned into place.

Items used: Sequin and Beaded Flowers (6383) £1.89 each

Embroidered Motifs 

Make a statement with this large floral embroidered motif, or opt to keep it subtle with one of our smaller motifs, a selection of which can be seen here.

Item used: Embroidered Rose Motif (7564) £7.80 each. Click here to view online.

Diamante Brooch

If you want something with a little less commitment, why not adorn your shoes with a brooch? We have a huge selection of brooches available in store featuring everything from pearls and diamantés like the one above, to sparkling bumble bees, glittering crests and tweed bows. We also stock shoe clips so you can transform almost anything into an accessory for your ever-versatile footwear!

Item used: Pearl and Diamante Brooch (4500) £11.40 each. Click here to view online.

We love to see your creations so if you try this or anything else using our products, please remember to tag us, email us or come and show us. 


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D.I.Y Ascot Millinery

As the sunshine gradually rolls in, so do our annual summer plans- holidays, barbecues and for many, Ascot. Every year hoards of horse racing fans and fashionistas come together at the famous event wearing their most fabulous, creative and outrageous millinery. If you are heading to Ascot this year, you may be thinking of donning a hat yourself, and for the creatively inclined among us, perhaps even making one. The benefit of creating your own head wear is that you know it will be completely unique and can tailor it to perfectly match your personality, outfit or taste.

We’ve put together some ideas of head wear that can be created using the items we have available to purchase at Barnett Lawson.

Soft and floral

Items used: Artificial Roses – Light pink & beige (6701 – £26.58+VAT each); Sinamay base – Ivory (6403 – £6.07+VAT each); Spot veiling – Ivory (7273 – £4.14+VAT per meter); Bee Brooch – Rose Gold (4496 – £6.57+VAT); Ostrich quills – Pale pink (7190 – £7.28+VAT each)

Glitzy and Glamorous 

Items used: Felt hat base – lilac (7225 – £31.03+VAT each); Diamante veiling – (7402 – £99.23+VAT per pre-cut piece); Black painted design feather (£3.50+VAT each); Feather motif brooch – lilac (7187 – £8.61+VAT each)

Bright and Fun

Items used: Straw hat base – turquoise (£24.81+VAT); Beaded motifs- fuchsia (7461 – £2.78+VAT); Stripped Ostrich motif – magenta (7178- £5.85+VAT)

We also sell a variety of clips, combs and hat elastic to ensure your creation stays put all day. See in-store for details.

We love to see your creations so if you try this or anything else using our products, remember to tag us, email us or come and show us. 


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Pom-pom Headband Tutorial

The sun is beginning to peek out from behind the gloomy clouds and spring is officially here! To celebrate, we have created this colourful pom-pom headband to fast forward to the feeling of long summer days spent at festivals. 

You can get everything you need for this tutorial at our showroom, or email us and we can arrange for them to be shipped. 

These pom-poms featured in our March sale, but you can get the sale price of £0.60 per pom-pom if you quote ‘BLOG’ when you get to the till (valid until April 30th 2019). 

For your headband, you will need: 

  • A headband – we used this clear plastic one, but you can use whatever is most comfortable for you. 
  • Some ribbon – around 20cm should be enough depending on the amount of poms you choose to use. The width should be just a little more than the width of your headband. 
  • Some pom-poms – use as many or as few as you desire. Why not experiment with colour combinations?


1. Arrange your poms on the hairband and secure using a strong glue. For extra security, we wrapped the loops on the poms around the hairband. 

2. Leave to dry for a few minutes. 

3. Cut a piece of ribbon to the right length. It needs to be long enough to cover all of the glue and loops of the pom poms. 

4. Apply glue to the ribbon and adhere to the underside of the hairband and leave to dry. 

Your headband is complete!

Products used in this tutorial: 

Clear hairband – £0.54 each

Wool poms – £0.60 each in the March sale. Quote ‘BLOG’ to receive this reduced price until the end of April 2019. 

10mm Grosgrain ribbon in ‘Beauty’ – £0.66 per meter

We love to see your creations so if you try this or anything else using our products, remember to tag us, email us or come and show us. 

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Artist Feature: Ian Bennett Millinery

Copyright Richard Shaw

Award-winning milliner and teacher, Ian Bennett is always a welcome visitor at Barnett Lawson. His friendly demeanour and immeasurable creativity radiate, and his boundless knowledge is freely shared amongst the students he brings to the showroom.

Ian’s unique and whimsical style has led him to create a plethora of wonderfully unusual hats and headpieces. Since his first foray into millinery at a Women’s Institute Hat Making workshop  in 1991, he has forged a hugely successful and varied career spanning film and theatre to fashion and teaching. His wealth of experience means he can offer classes and one-to-one tuition in blockmaking, Crystoform, feathers and much more.

Ian said the following on why he loves hats:

“I have always been drawn to the three dimensional. I studied sculpture at college and loved the idea that a form could have a presence. It made its surroundings change, simply by being there. For me hats have that same presence, they have a personality of their own – as well as a wonderful extension of someone’s character. They can be subtle, quiet, demure, loud and overwhelming. Hats are such incredible things, from the moment you put one on, you become something else.”

For further information or to contact Ian, you can email him on or check out his instagram @ianbennetmillinery. His book, My world according to Me: A Technical Workbook, is available from


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Customised Beanies

Beanies are no longer just for wearing on the coldest of days; these cosy hats are popular throughout the year. Featuring in catwalk collections and high street windows alike, beanies remain a go-to for both practicality and style.

Adorned with anything from logos and motifs to pom-poms and feathers, beanies come in an array of designs and here at Barnett Lawson, we have been experimenting with some ways of jazzing up your everyday style.

We started with a plain beanie from the high street, and worked our magic to create the styles you see here:

Fur Pom

Recently brought back to popularity by companies such as Canada Goose, this style is a classic. Here we have adorned our basic beanie with a brown furry pom using the clip that’s already attached to the back. And what’s more, because it’s so quick to attach, you can easily change the pom to an alternative colour to match your outfit or mood!


Inspired by the Marc Jacobs A/W 2019 fashion show, here we have added a layer of ostrich fringe to our beanie for a more edgy look.

Or for an even more dramatic vibe, go for a turkey feather or some spiky goose fringe, also inspired by the Stephen Jones designs seen on the Marc Jacobs catwalk.


Motifs are another simple way of jazzing up a plain hat, and we have many different designs to choose from. From crowns to lions to flowers and more, you’re sure to find something to express your personality in our showroom. With the added bonus of many iron-on options, your customising will be even more of a breeze.

Here we have attached a Gucci-inspired beaded bumble bee to our beanie to give it instant pizzazz.


For those who know their way around a needle and thread, why not add a chain around the edge of your beanie? Here we have used this neon yellow to bring in a pop of colour.

If you have any more ideas, or if you have a go at one of ours, do get in touch. We love to see your creations.


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Artist Feature: Silkworm and Cottontails

There is a certain thrill that comes from owning a product is that is totally unique. Coupled with the knowledge that it has been carefully crafted by hand, it can be one of your most satisfying purchases. At Barnett Lawson we want to celebrate the artists who use their unique skills and creativity to provide the world with items made with love, care and dedication. Each month we will be featuring a different individual or business that is keeping the spirit of true craftsmanship alive.

From bespoke lampshades and soft furnishings to workshops and collaborations, Elizabeth Pegg of Silkworm and Cottontails provides customers and clients with a truly personal service. Blending traditional techniques with modern style, she creates interesting and unique pieces. Using colourful fabrics and interesting trimmings, her work has an undeniable sense of fun and life and it is clear to see that Elizabeth has a true love for her craft.

“Sewing is my passion and hopefully it shows in my work.  I treat my lampshades as “Works of Art”, which allows me to show off different sewing techniques like beading, appliqué and embroidery. I’ve always been passionate about colours and textures. 

Lampshades for me create interest in a room , they can be simple or elaborate in style but for me the embellishment is the icing on the cake . Sometimes a piece of trimming can inspire the whole design or can be used to enhance a particular fabric. Choosing the right trim can make or break a lampshade and with so many decorative trimmings available I never rush the process.”

To find out more, or to see more of Elizabeth’s work, visit or view her shop on Etsy.

If you would like to be considered for an artist feature, please email

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Feathers and Fringe: Gatsby comes to London

Party Like Gatsby, the worldwide touring production that combines the exuberant partying of the 1920s and the visual spectacle of the circus, is coming to London for the third year running this February.

After 2 years at the 02 Forum in Kentish Town, Gatsby will be taking up residence at the iconic Troxy in East London, with it’s art deco features, it is the perfect venue to relive the roaring twenties. From showgirls and burlesque dancers to acrobats and aerialists, the performance element of this show is hard to rival anywhere in Europe, let alone the UK. Alongside a live band and international DJ, the event brings the twenties right up to date, seamlessly fusing the old with the new.

The dress code is strictly 1920s, and guests always go above and beyond. Fringing flutters and brogues tap as the guests are taught the Charleston by the glittering Satin Dollz. Men and women alike don their bow ties and braces to look their smartest, and there are feather boas aplenty throughout the venue. If you are looking to add a little flourish to your outfit, why not take a look at our post on 1920s accessories, giving you inspiration on how to create your own unique headdress?

Party Like Gatsby: Spectacle Extraordinaire takes place at The Troxy, London on 16th February as well as various other locations around Europe and USA in 2019. For further information and tickets, visit

©Photos by Dom Martin

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1920s Accessories

With 2019 in full swing, each day that goes by brings us one step closer to the next round of roaring twenties.

1920s fashions have stood the test of time, being reworked and revived many times over the years. The resounding success of Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby has inspired countless events and parties in recent years, leading to a huge demand for decadent deco looks. One iconic piece of any twenties feminine ensemble was the headdress, and a good headdress will elevate any look from fine to fabulous.

Here’s a few ideas of ways you can combine our products to create your very own headdress. Keep it simple with a single braid, or go all out with feathers and diamantés – the choice is yours.

Our first headdress example below is made using one of our newest products. The braid, which comes complete with rhinestones, is both ornate and elegant. Use it alone or combine it with a tassel and one side of this intricate silver frog fastening.

If you want to up the glamour and sparkle, consider combining a rhinestone braid with this eye-catching diamanté motif and some marabou feathers.

Or why not go all out by layering these feather motifs with a gold metallic cord motif for a show-stopping look?

No matter what you’re after, you’re sure to find something to suit your style. All our products are available to buy either through our website or in our showroom. Just drop us an email on and it would be our pleasure to help you achieve your 1920s fantasy!

Products used – click to view

Headdress 1: Rhinestoned Metallic Braid , Metallic Frog, 15cm Tassel

Headdress 2: Diamanté trim, Diamanté motif, Marabou feathers

Headdress 3: Gold loop braid, Gold cord motif, Feather motif