I embroidered three more buttons for my guild’s State Day event later this year. Remember, these each fit within a 1-inch diameter circle!
Two patterns came from 500 Simply Charming Designs for Embroidery. Everyone’s favorite is that wee mouse!
And one came out of the Scandinavian Stitch Craft book, though it is my least favorite out of all of them. I will need to practice these stitches a bit more.
And at our last guild meeting, we were shown how to transform them into buttons, using Dritz’s half ball cover buttons size 60. The process is fairly straightforward: remove the little hinge from its back; tape in a super powerful mini magnet; tightly wrap the fabric around the pokey edges; snap on the back; glue on a brooch locking bar safety pin; glue on a little disk of felt; tada!
Yet, one of the ladies pulled out a device and some thread and in just a few seconds, she had a handcrafted cord! I immediately was head over heels for it and bought my own! I went cord-making crazy with a lot of “scrap” threads I had laying around. It is pretty cool, I have to say, and adds just the right finishing touch, no?
My embroidery guild is hosting the State Day this year, so each member is assigned to make two buttons. I enjoyed making such tiny (one inch) pieces so of course I made more (and I might still, yet!).
This pattern might look familiar to you: it is the same I used for my O-hoop.
Oh, and my gosh, have you seen this Monoprice Ultra-thin Light Box?! Holy smokes, it is amazing. And not cost-prohibitive. And it comes in two sizes so you can pick what is best for you. And it dims for the perfect amount of light. My neighbor/step-mother-in-law got one and I was dumbfounded that I hadn’t heard of it and that it was so cheap.
My second button pattern came out of a book my sister-in-law bought for me: 500 Simply Charming Designs for Embroidery. I am no pro when it comes to satin stitching but I am getting better with every effort.
This pattern came out of a book I picked up spontaneously once at one of the few brick-and-mortar stores still in the area (in the next county over! I am so sad to see them vanish). It is called Scandinavian Stitch Craft. I have since added that part of the world to my bucket-list and will likely want to buy all the things. There is a local Vikings shop that deals in Nordic, Scandinavian, Sami, etc items and we picked up this Ekelund Kuse table runner. I pretty much love everything in that shop – even the jewelry (which makes me sad because I am not a jewelry kind of gal but if I were, this would be where all my monies went!). In fact, the owner has made several pieces used in the HBO series – how cool is that?!
This last one is just a lot of colonial knots. You’ll find out why I became a huge fan of them in a later post:) Down with the french knot!
We will be transforming our creations into actual buttons at a future guild meeting.