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Dorset Buttons

April 25, 2017

My craft obsession last week was Dorset buttons.

I first noticed them when the Edinburgh Yarn Festival’s Facebook page posted a photo of some gorgeous buttons back in February. Then I went looking for them at the actual festival, however they must have been sold out because I could not find them at the maker’s stall.

That photo had really made an impression on me though, and since I couldn’t see them in person, I did what I always do… I turned to Google to learn more about them!

In my research I noticed how similar they are to the Gods Eye crafts that I did as a child (miniature ones of course) and in this realization I knew that Dorset buttons were a lot more easy to make than looking at the finished product might have me believe. 

 

 

So I then went to YouTube, did a quick search and over the course of about an hour, taught myself how to make Dorset buttons using 1” plastic bone rings with pound shop embroidery floss.

The total cost of materials for the 15 buttons was about £4.

After completing the 15 buttons in the photo above I can honestly say that Youtube combined with trial and error is definitely the best way to learn this craft so I won’t try to explain the process here and risk confusing anyone. (Just showing off my buttons mostly)

The most difficult part about the process is finding plastic bone rings as they are called all sorts of things. I ended up getting mine from eBay and I’ve ordered larger ones to try too.

Each button takes between 30 and 40 minutesto make. The most time consuming part is wrapping the outside.

I experimented a bit and tried to create some variety in the batch of 15 that  I made but the size of the bone rings restricted me a fair bit. I’m sure that there are a lot of very talented Dorset Button makers out there who could have done more with the materials that I was using, but I’m pretty happy with how they came out for my first attempt.

As you can see, I left the tails on all of my buttons. This is because I want to keep my options open for attachment when I’m ready to use them as the most secure way to fasten them to something is going to be with the strings that are already integrated into the button.

The thing that probably attracts me most to Dorset Buttons is the fact that I have now acquired a skill which will help me to further customize anything that I want to make.

Never again will I quest for the perfect button because if i can’t find what I’m looking for, I can just make it. Well that and the fact that I can now expand on the skills that I’ve acquired to see how far I’m able to take this craft before something else steals my attention.

Can’t wait to actually use them!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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