Dorset Button Jewellery Kit
Brooch, Simple Beaded LilacA simple beaded Dorset button brooch using tencel yarn dyed in our studio. These Dorset buttons are very special and are perfect as presents, or as something fabulous for yourself. They take a small amount of skill with a needle, but are very satisfying to make. The brooch is 43mm in diameter when finished.
Each Dorset button jewellery kit comes with written instruction sheets supported by colour photographs throughout, closed ring, Beaker Button hand dyed thread suitable for Dorset button making, brooch back, beads, needle threader and a tapestry needle. Everything you need to make your Dorset button brooch. (Always wash Dorset buttons before attaching to a project, to get rid of any dye residue).
Each kit comes packed in a plastic free cloth bag, locally made and often from recycled materialsHere 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!