Dorset Buttons: a Traditional English Craft
With Catherine Redford
Oct 9, 1:00-3:00pm CDT
A basic introduction to 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.
Dating back to the late sixteenth century, Dorset buttons are a great way to embellish your knitwear 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.
• 2 x 1-1/2″ plastic curtain rings (eg Dritz item number 713-112)
• Size 16 tapestry needle
• 2 x 4 yards #3 weight perle cotton or fingering-weight yarn
• Optional: 24 x #5 glass beads and size 22 tapestry needle