Dorset Buttons with a Twist
Dorset Button Instruction Book: Patterns Inspired by Vintage Buttons
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Beautiful, fabulous and funky accessories using 1930's and 1940's style Dorset buttons. 10 button styles to make, and lots of techniques to create your own unique pieces!
This book has 60 pages in total including a section on tools, threads, suppliers and sources, and how to make a shank. Each project is a piece of wearable art, including a brooch, hair slide, shawl pin, choker, scarf ring, bracelet, pendant, key ring, zip pull and a button.
Each design has written instructions, including how to make your button into wearable art, and is supported by lots of colour photos. I wrote it as a follow up to Dorset Button Accessories so it isn't a how to guide for Dorset buttons in general. But if you're handy with a needle you should be fine, even with no previous experience in making buttons. This is a great way to learn a new skill, or expand on an established talent. I have to say though, these buttons are even more addictive than traditional Dorset buttons. You have been warned!
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!
Excellent book. Beautifully illustrated. Clear instructions with equally clear photographs to explain each stage. I have just learnt how to make these buttons on a weekend course at Denman Collage and am rapidly becoming addicted to the past-time!
Gillian | London | November 2017created_date-year]