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Shirtlace Buttons


Price includes 2 hours of class.

A virtual class with Catherine Redford

Sept 10, 2:00–4:00pm CDT

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

Class sessions will be recorded and remain accessible online to registered students of the class for 4 weeks following the event.

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Catherine is moving 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 bottoms 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!

There is an optional $18 kit for this class.
To purchase kit, Email Catherine at [email protected] to order.
The kit will include four 1-1/2” plastic rings, spool 3-weight perle cotton, size 16 needle, beeswax and full color printed handout
Note: Due to time and shipping constraints, kits are not available to people living outside the United States.
With a little patience and a large dollop of perseverance, you can conquer them all.

Supply list
• Four or more 1-1/2′′ plastic curtain rings available from
• Size 16 tapestry needle
• For each button: 5 yards #3 weight perle cotton, fingering-weight yarn or similar
• Four or more 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
• Scissors
• Beeswax (or thread conditioner)

No pre-class work required.

Additional information

Skill Level

Main Technique


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