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Dorset Buttons: a Traditional English Craft


Price includes 2 class hours.

A virtual class with Catherine Redford

May 15, 4:00-6:00pm CDT

An introduction to basic Dorset-Button-making using plastic rings and yarn or embroidery thread.

Class sessions will be recorded and remain accessible online to registered students of the class for 14 days following the event.

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Dating back to the late sixteenth century, Dorset buttons are a great way to embellish your clothing and functional too! We’ll 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.

Supply List
• 2 or more 1-1/2″ plastic curtain rings Available from
• Size 16 tapestry needle
• 4 yards #3 weight perle cotton or fingering-weight yarn for each button
• Scissors
• 24 x #5 glass beads and size 22 tapestry needle

Additional information

Skill Level

Main Technique



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Customer Reviews

Based on 4 reviews
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.