This pack is designed to allow you to play with button making and to create something uniquely yours. Therefore I haven’t given you step by step instructions for making the Peacock in the picture. Instead you have several Dorset button patterns which you can adapt to make a peacock of your choice, and some helpful advice about how I made my peacock.
The file is 18 pages and contains clear photographic and written instructions to make Crosswheel Dorset Button, Peacock Brooch, Yarrell Dorset Button, How to Change Threads, Making a Shank.
The document is printed straight from our computer on good paper.
Dorset buttons were made 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 button types. 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. 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!