I had great fun preparing for this workshop designed for experienced buttoners who wanted to test their skills with a new challenge.
Which button to base this challenge was by first decision so of the four ranges of Dorset Buttons I opted for the Dorset ‘Cartwheel’ Button. I wanted participant to experiment with different yarns and threads, including ribbons and lace, each of which has differing properties and effects when worked on a ring.
Sourcing yarns and trying them out myself before I was satisfied they would ‘past the test’ for their suitability for this workshop was great fun. I also decided to add beads to the challenge, glass crackle ones. Participants had to meet my challenge to incorporate 20 beads and the minimum of four different yarns to include ribbon and or lace to show off their individual properties. All had to be planned in advance with the overall design of the finished button in mind.
What I found most interesting was the choices of yarns and the colour mix each participant decided on, all so different. Thank you to all of you who joined me on this lovely morning at the Hardy’s Visitor Centre, I enjoyed myself I hope you did.
For a bit of light relief I thought I would have a bit of fun with these earrings made from findings I found on EBay, my own 10mm silver look beads and a Dorset Button.
I worked the Dorset Button on a 16mm hollow brass ring using DMC stranded silver thread size 5#. I split the thread into two using four strands only to work the button. I don’t usually like working in stranded thread as I prefer to use twisted yarn, but I was hooked on this particular yarn as it was very easy to use, as can be seen from the button.