Dorset Button Jewellery Kit
Whirlpool necklace uses crosswheel buttons in its design. Crosswheel Dorset buttons are the easiest hand stitched Dorset button to make. The design is a traditional pattern with a simple rounding stitch in the centre, making crosswheel buttons ideal for the complete beginner. Once you have taught yourself how to make them for your necklace you can make them for all sorts of projects!
Each Dorset button jewellery kit comes with written instruction sheets supported by colour photographs throughout, brass rings, our own hand dyed wool thread suitable for Dorset button making and a size 18 tapestry needle. Everything you need to make your Dorset button necklace. We use high quality superwash 75%merino/25%nylon sock wool in our Dorset button jewellery kits so they are soft to wear against your skin. (Always wash Dorset buttons before attaching to a project, to get rid of any dye residue).
Here at Beaker Button we're passionate about this fabulous craft. We are always coming up with new designs and uses for Dorset buttons and we are fascinated by the endless possibilities they present. From finishing hand knitted or crocheted projects to embellishing Quilts, Dorset buttons add that special unique touch that makes a project really sing. We turn them into jewellery, either stitched together or simply on their own. We use them on bags, scarves, cards, clothing and more. Everything you can do with a normal button you can do with a Dorset button, and you can make your Dorset button completely individual, customised to complement your project.
Dorset buttons were stitched by hand in Dorset from the early 1600's to 1851. They were shipped all over the world and were even worn by royalty. This cottage industry employed over 4000 people at its height, making over 100 different Dorset button types, all in white linen. Their popularity died overnight after the Great Exhibition of 1851, when a new button machine was showcased. Many families were left destitute and emigrated to escape starvation, and the art was more or less lost. The W.I., the Arts and Crafts movement and others have kept this fabulous craft alive and now you can learn how to make them too.
Dorset buttons are coming back in a big way. Here at Beaker Button we love using modern colour and materials to create a contemporary twist on this fabulous craft. There is nothing more trendy than personalising your project with your own hand stitch Dorset button!