Thank you all for making the Dorset County Show such a success for Henry's Buttons.
The show was the ideal opportunity to find a name for this lovely lady I use to demonstrate how Dorset Buttons can be worked on all sizes. On the front of her dress I have worked 5mm buttons and I exhibited 600mm samples on my stand. Your thoughts on what this young lady should be called filled three pages of suggestions and selecting one was difficult.
With the help of my family from Australia each member was allowed to choose one name which was put into a hat and I picked the winner. I can now announce that from now on she will be called Demelza. Thank you to the person who made the suggestion.
It was lovely to chat to so many people, some already Dorset buttoners, whilst others were new to this heritage craft. Chatting about your projects and discussing potential projects made for a very interesting weekend.
I have found my name. I'm going to be called Demelza
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.
Hardy’s Birthplace Visitor centre is hosting another of its very popular Dorset Button creative workshop on Monday 18th April 10am till 12:30
Learn a traditional Dorset craft in the lovely woodland setting which inspired the writer Thomas Hardy.
This workshop will be run by Anna McDowell (from Henrys Buttons) who will share her creative flare with attendees to create their own traditional Dorset Buttons. The Dorset Button ‘cottage’ industry affected the lives of hundreds of families in Dorset for more than 200 years. Like a number of heritage crafts and skills, designs were passed down from generation to generation.
Anna’s workshop will see those traditional skills yet again passed around our community and you will create unique buttons in the comfort of a modern, spacious visitor centre with lots of natural light.
Anna was commissioned to create the buttons for Bathsheba (Carey Mulligan ) dresses in the latest adaptation of Far from the Madding Crowd. Using original methods Anna combines contemporary materials and designs to help keep the tradition of Dorset Buttons alive.
Set 3 miles east from Dorchester with an independent Café serving lunches and refreshments, free parking and wonderful setting let your creativity flow at Hardy’s Birthplace Visitor Centre.
Workshop Price: £13.00 to include morning coffee plus £1:00 for materials direct to Anna
Spaces limited so Please book 01305 251228 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Workshop location: Hardy’s Birthplace Visitor Centre DT2 8QH
Café details can be found at www.facebook.com/underthegreenwoodtreecafe/info/?tab=overview
Photo from Henrys Buttons http://www.henrysbuttons.co.uk/index.html
Hardy’s Birthplace Visitor Centre www.dorsetforyou.com/article/416992/Visiting-Hardys-Birthplace