Welcome to Henry's Buttons
For all you want to know about the heritage craft of Dorset Buttons
Henry's Buttons is based near Shaftesbury in Dorset, the birth-place of the Dorset Button industry in the 1600s.
My aim is to help to keep this tradition alive. I use the original methods to make my Dorset Buttons with contemporary materials. I also try out new designs and ways to use the skills of this heritage craft and ideas for using these lovely buttons.
Please explore my website to find out more about Dorset Buttons. For all of you who want to have a go at making these lovely buttons you are welcome to use my free instructions for non commercial use. I also have pages dedicated to the history of the Dorset Button industry and a gallery of images with ideas on what to do with your Dorset Buttons.
I enjoy using up oddments of fabric especially if the fabric is a bit special and vintage.
This textile brooch is made from a piece of silk fabric left over from a Thea Porter of London evening gown from the 1970s. I have seen the original dress which is stunning. The centre is a Dorset Button worked in silk using second hand metal beads to give a vintage feel.
Brilliant news, I've moved into my new studio and can now offer Dorset Button Workshops for up to four people visit my Events page for details.
Share your Dorset Button news, views and projects
I’m always interested to hear your news, views and especially any projects you may be involved in featuring Dorset Buttons. From the emails I have received in the past, I know there are many talented buttoners amongst you. If you would be willing to share your Dorset Button news with other like-minded people, I would welcome contributions to my Dorset Button eNewletter. Please email your information preferably with an image to Anna McDowell at firstname.lastname@example.org