Buttons have been around for thousands of years and have been unearthed in many parts of Asia and all the way to Scotland and the Roman Empire. In Germany, where I learned the old craft of making Posamentenbuttons, they became popular as fasteners for clothing during the 13th century. Did you know that button maker was even a proper profession about 250 years ago?
I enjoy the craft, whenever I don’t feel like felting or working on other projects. My teacher in Germany, Helene Weinold, created the perfect instruction sheets for me to follow and branch out from the type of buttons I learned to make during her workshop a couple of years ago.
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Depending on the style of button, cotton, silk and even a thin wool yarn are perfect materials to use. For the tree buttons, hand dyed silk yarns with slight color variations are best. Recently, my friend and Guild member Denise passed on some lovely silk thread, remnants from one of Kirsti’s weaving projects. Some strands were too short, but others were perfect for making a large star button. Thank you Denise and Kirsti.