I designed this Dorset Button to symbolize the Dementia Friends symbol the For-get-me-knot. Apparently it will be used as a symbol for participants in Shaftesbury’s commitment to make Shaftesbury a dementia friendly town.
Being a Dementia Friend is about having an understanding of dementia and the small things we can all do that can make a difference to people living with dementia.
As part of the National Dementia Friendly Community initiative, Cedars Castle Hill in partnership with The Westminster Memorial Hospital Shaftesbury are working towards Shaftesbury becoming a dementia-friendly community to help people living with dementia feel included, understood, respected, supported and confident they can contribute to community life.
to book The Shaftesbury Snowdrop Festival starts on Saturday 13th February with many events organised by different groups from in and around Shaftesbury. As Shaftesbury is the birthplace of the Dorset Button industry and I have agreed to take two Dorset Buttons workshops. The challenge was to make a Dorset Button aimed at beginners that reflected the Snowdrop. I came up with two ideas one based on the Cartwheel and worked in two colour threads the other, a Singleton, with an image of a snowdrop.
Here is an image of my ideas.
Shaftesbury Snowdrop Festival for details of all events and Shaftesbury Arts Centre
Each year I set myself small challenges to improve my Dorset Buttony skills. In August I was lucky to have won the Dorset Shield at the Dorset Arts and Crafts Annual exhibition which was a great boost to my morale. The Shield was for six buttons worked in the Dorset Cartwheel design on 19mm hollow brass rings using Turkish Polyester thread. I also included the daisy stitch. But what to do next, and in which area should I now concentrate on practicing my skills?
In the August edition of this eNewsletter, I opened with an article on the buttons thought to be the first in the Dorset Button range, High Tops. I have since developed worksheets and taken workshops for these lovely buttons. But I became fascinated on where and how Abraham Case first thought of developing a cone shaped button? It was whilst searching for an image of an early man’s doublet that I discovered this image from the Metropolitan Museum in New York. This doublet is dated 1580 and the country of origin is European and made from silk, metallic thread and brass. What struck me at once were the buttons. On closer inspection, it appears that the buttons are made from a wood cone shape covered in fabric and then embroidered around. The potential of these exquisite buttons worked in gold thread may well have been seen by Abraham and hence the similarity between the High Tops and these early examples.
In the August edition of the eNewsletter I asked if anyone was interested in developing a High Top button using contemporary threads. The offer is still open.
I wish you every success in 2016 and look forward to hearing about your own Dorset Button Projects.