Dorset Buttons

 

I had a super day yesterday with the lovely Ruth and Rachel who had travelled all the way from Scarborough. They wanted to learn how to make Dorset buttons. This is a traditional way of making buttons using a ring covered with thread, the techniques date back to the 16th century.

We brought the method bang up to date and even made some beautiful Christmas decorations using a larger ring with ribbon and beads.

 

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Ruth also brought with her some work she had started on a previous course with me. Her Penny Rug ( wool on wool applique with hand embroidery) was amazing – beautifully appliqued chickens on a Harris tweed background and egg-shaped ‘tongues’ around the edge.

 

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She also brought a stunning piece of stumpwork she has recently completed ….

 

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…. I absolutely love this – particularly the knitted cardigan ! The design is taken from a greetings card, I think Ruth has a thing about chickens !

 

Once again I have had a festive rag rugging kind of week, with yet again some fabulous results – Hannah looks pleased with her Raggy Wreath ! ….

 

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… just a few more from this week’s sessions ….

 

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…. and another felt decoration workshop …..

 

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I am already planning what I will be doing for my workshops next Christmas !!