Another book of interesting and practical needlework is 50 Heirloom Buttons to Makeby Nancy Nehring. Like the Ribbon Trims book, the paper copy is quite expensive but luckily it is also available as an E-book which is well worth the $9.99 price. It shows how to make Dorset buttons from thread and cord. These are the lovely thread buttons woven intricately over rings. In 1800s England, making these buttons was a cottage industry that kept many families afloat. When machinery made it quick and easy to cut shell and later plastic buttons, Dorset buttons disapeared.
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