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Dorset Buttons: A Traditional English Craft


Price includes 3 hours of class. A $5 kit is required, and the fee will be collected in class. Early Bird ends 04/12/23.

An in-person class with Catherine Redford

Aug 3, 1:30-4:30pm

Dating back to the late sixteenth century, Dorset buttons are a great way to embellish your quilting project and knitwear. This basic introduction to Dorset Button making uses plastic rings and yarn or embroidery thread.

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Finish them as jewelry pieces if you wish. They are functional too!

Start the class by making the traditional Blandford cartwheel to learn the basics before discussing some variations, including a fan-style button and the Maltese Cross. Catherine will show you how to include beads and will finish the class with a look at styles inspired by vintage buttons of the 1950s.

A $5 kit fee will be collected by your instructor during class. Correct change is appreciated.
The kit includes rings and needles

Supply List
• 3 weight perle cotton (at least 15 yards) OR fingering-weight yarn (at least 15 yards)
• Scissors

No pre-class work required.

Additional information

Skill Level

Main Technique



SKU: B23-1944 Categories: , Tag:

Customer Reviews

Based on 7 reviews
Jane M.
Great accessory!

Loved learning this skill. Already to add afloat bouquet button on a sweater I'm currently working on.

michele r.
Dorset Buttons: A traditional English craft

I really enjoyed this class with Catherine Redford. She's a very good instructor. Explains everything very nicely and gives great demonstrations. I highly recommend this class.

Sarah O.
Any class with Catherine is a delight

I learned and honed skills in this class and feel confident in making basic Dorset buttons. Catherine is a wonderful teacher and a delightful video presence. If you have a chance to spend time with her, I highly recommend that you do so.

Shelly L.
Great Tradition

The class moved along at a nice pace, and the instructor has an engaging presentation style. At the end of the class I had three finished buttons and felt competent to make buttons for my own garments

Cynthia C.
Good class, I liked there was history, too!

I liked the hands-on, and the history of the buttons and how they came to be was a great piece! I will try those smaller ones once I have the bigger ones down pat!

Liz T.
Excellent class

Catherine is a very patient teacher, and extremely organized for on-line learning. Our two hour class was well paced, plenty of time for questions and repeat demonstration of the techniques. The presentation Catherine had prepared was fascinating, lots of history and general information that was very useful. Dorset buttons are very addictive- I’ve made all of the rings I’d ordered and am now waiting for more supplies.

Linda C.
Dorset Buttons

A wonderful class, learned a beautiful art.