Dorset Button Inspirations
Dorset Button Instruction Book for Beginners to Experts
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A new Dorset button instruction book by Jen Best, containing 24 projects and a huge range of Dorset button ideas. An extensive help section, new Dorset buttons and old favourites makes this perfect for beginners and advanced crafters alike. If you’ve ever wondered what to do with Dorset buttons then this is the book for you.
The idea for this book came from the idle thought 'I wonder if I can come with 100 things to do with Dorset buttons.' By the next morning I had a list of 104!
The projects in this book are: Huggy Owl, Sunset Tree Pendant, Sunset Wall Hanging, Spiral beaded Shawl Pin, Square Coaster, Seasons Tree wall hanging, Rainbow Bracelet, Needle book, Bunting, Lavender Brooch, Cherry Blossom Tree Brooch, Fine Rings Bookmark, Felt Teddy, Fabric Thread catcher, Eclipse Necklace and Bracelet, Dragonfly Window Hanging, Stanton Drew Necklace, Christmas Bauble Hanging Ornament, Knitted and Crocheted Mask Straps, Stacking Tree, Thumbelina Earrings, Pansy Wrap, Birds Eye Button Necklace, Holly Brooch. New button instructions for Dorset knob buttons and star buttons are included. There is an extensive range of ideas as well, and a readers gallery to showcase some of my lovely customers work. There are a mix of skills from knitting and crochet to sewing, although most of the projects don't require you to have any craft skills at all.
Each project has comprehensive written instructions, supported by full colour photographs for each stage. The help section is collated and revised from all my previous books and is full of useful information and photographs to hone your button making skills. The ideas section has dozens of ideas, each a photograph with a short written description of how it's made. showcasing some old favourites alongside many new ideas.
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!