How to Make Dorset Buttonscomments (52) March 4th, 2011
The Dorset button has a long history, originating in the 18th century in Dorset, England. Originally, they were made on a disc cut from the horn of a Dorset Horn sheep, which was covered with needle-worked thread. Later, button makers began using metal rings as the basis for these buttons. We're going to make a simple form of Dorset button called a crosswheel, but there are lots of different styles, some of them involving intricate weaving. Once you have these basics down, experiment—the British Button Society offers some inspiration.
What you'll need:
- Plastic bone rings (see note below)
- Yarn or embroidery floss (see note below)
- Large-eyed, blunt needle
A note on yarns and flosses: You can make Dorset buttons with all kinds of yarns or embroidery flosses. In the photo at the top of this post, you can see buttons made with six-strand embroidery floss, pearl cotton embroidery thread, worsted wool yarn, and cotton crochet thread.
I'll be making a button here with some pearl cotton, because it's crisp and easy to see. For your first buttons, however, I'd recommend using a worsted-weight yarn—it works up much more quickly.
|Learn how to make buttons:
• How to Crochet a Button
• How to Make Singleton Buttons
• Make Your Own Buttons from Polymer Clay
• How to Embroider Your Own Buttons
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