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Shirtlace Buttons


Price includes 2 hours of class.

With Catherine Redford

Jan 8, 4:00-6:00pm CST

Learn three variations of the traditional Shirtlace buttons from the early 20th century. A beautiful and functional addition to your button-making skill repertore!

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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Ready to move on from Dorset Buttons to traditional early Shirtlace Buttons (sometimes called Shirtwaist Buttons). Dating back to the Edwardian era, these buttons were made to withstand its new standards of cleanliness!

Shirtlace buttons are more difficult to master than Dorset buttons, so the class is recommended for buttoners with some experience making basic Dorsets. Catherine will take you through the steps required for the three variations. Start with the Star Shirtlace, progress to the Austrian Shirtlace, and finish with the slightly trickier, but most popular, Lace Shirtwaist! As you will see on the Supply list, the buttons can be made in 2 sizes; choose one or try both!

With a little patience and a large dollop of perseverance, you can conquer them all.

There is an optional $20 kit for this class.
To purchase email: [email protected]
The kit will include: Rings, 3 wt. perle cotton, Needle, Bees wax
Note: Due to time and shipping constraints, kits are not available to people living outside the United States.

Supply list
• Scissors
• Beeswax or thread conditioner (Natural Beeswax works well)
Optional Kit
• Packet 1-1/2′′ plastic curtain rings (available from some big box stores or online at
• Size 16 tapestry needle
• For each button: 5 yards #3 weight perle cotton, fingering-weight yarn or similar
• Packet 1″ plastic curtain rings (eg Dritz Home 8932 Plastic Rings)
• Size 20 tapestry needle
• For each button: 5 yards #5 weight perle cotton, lace-weight yarn or similar
Note: The smaller rings should only be used by the more experienced hand stitcher

Additional information

Skill Level

Main Technique


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