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.
Wishing you all a merry Christmas and a peaceful New Year.
Each year I try and design something different for my Christmas Workshop at Hardy's Cottage visitor centre at Thorncombe Wood near Dorchester in Dorset. This year I wanted to incorporate bells with my Dorset Buttons and came up with this. If your near Dorchester I do encourage you to visit Thorncombe Wood Local Nature Reserve, a magical pocket of mixed woodland and heath is listed on the Ancient Woodland Inventory.
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 email@example.com