Sunday, 7 February 2010

Button Workshop Feb 5th

Above is the necklace I made yesterday, started during the button workshop and finished in the calm of the afternoon..after all the other buttonholics had left.
The Dorset buttons from the previous workshop became gorgeous necklaces with a little bit of freeform crochet :)
It was great to have an afternoon of finishing things off.
The button workshop was a great success! The buttons started off as above sorted into colours and a couple of dishes of fancy ones (this time I went through and took out my favorites ;)
As soon as everyone sat down they started gathering a stash of buttons each, there was lots of grabbing going on Dy wanted all the green ones, and Lia managed to find a handmade ceramic one I missed he he it was just like school! There is something about searching through the buttons that switches us back into child mode.
It was a really lovely morning as you can see the buttons were soon all over the table as everyone slowly turned them into jewellery and button hearts. My confession this week is that I felt a bit mean keeping out all the best ones so ended up bringing more and more out from the back room as well as more beads for finishing off.
Clariece made these gorgeous hearts and a button charm bracelet.
Debbie made a heart a bracelet and this brooch, I love how these buttons complimented each other and the bead just finishes it off!
Lia managed to incorporate the ceramic button into this lovely necklace.
Julie did a different style button necklace using cord and wooden beads.
Dy managed to use all green button stash to make this necklace and went home wearing it :)

Colette made this necklace at a previous button workshop and made the earrings to go with it this time along with a multicoloured button necklace.
Everyone said it was great fun, and apparently Dy and Julie went off to the Dairy House to show Sue what they'd made and stock up on vintage buttons.
I will be doing demonstrations of how to use up your button stash at The Dairy House Costume and Textile day on the 11th of April...and of course will be adding to my stash ;)


  1. Looks like great fun! How come your necklaces look really groovy, but when I make them from buttons, it just looks like a load of buttons?! What would you recommend for stringing - I love that layered effect.

  2. I use quite thick wire, the girls said what makes them different is adding beads amongst the buttons to give them an extra dimmention.

  3. Hi Tamsyn

    Di's green necklace was gorgeous, and Julie's heart and 'different' necklace were great, too. You'll obviously need a huge table at the DH textiles day. Maybe we'll have to clear a whole room for you?!!!!!

    Must get the rest of my buttons sorted in readiness for the day!

    Sue x

  4. A whole room that would be fun! people would not leave if they thought they could have a go at making one of those necklaces, can imagine everyone wanting one! only thing is then they all start collecting buttons and there is less for me !! LOL will do some fabric things too...

  5. what beautiful creations! Thank you for you lovely comment on my blog. Lizzie x

  6. That looks like the perfect afternoon !! Though I don't know how you could bear to part with any one of your gorgeous collection .
    Your Spinning Susan whatsit really is the best way to sort them ready to use , isn't it ! I'd love to find one .

  7. It was lovely to meet you on Sunday. My daughter very much enjoyed your tutorial on how to make a heart. I love the button earrings that she bought for me too!

    Warm wishes
    Isabelle x

  8. I LOVE buttons to!! These pieces are Simply Beautiful my friend!!!