Dorset Button Kit
Multiple Style Dorset Button Pack, Festival
This kit contains Five fabulous Dorset Button patterns to try, perfect for exploring the craft of hand stitched Dorset buttons a little further. Once you've tried them all you'll be able to invent your own styles. They are great value as well with materials to make 10 buttons in each pack.
Patterns included are:
Crosswheel Dorset buttons, the easiest 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.
Templar Cross Dorset buttons.
Daisy Chain Dorset buttons, inspired by the embroidery stitch of the same name.
Flower Dorset buttons, an easy Dorset button, perfect for adding a splash of floral sweetness to your project.
Yarrell Dorset buttons, a traditional hand stitched Dorset button.
Each Dorset button kit comes with a written instruction sheet supported by colour photographs throughout, 10 closed rings, our own hand dyed wool thread suitable for Dorset button making and a tapestry needle. Everything you need to make ten Dorset buttons. We use high quality superwash wool in our Dorset button kits so they can be washed in the machine at a low temperature (Always wash Dorset buttons first before attaching to a garment or project, to ensure dye fastness). Each kit comes packed in a plastic free cloth bag, made locally and often from recycled materials.
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!