Dorset Button: Intro Plus!- Sunday, February 2, 12:30-2:30 pm
Instructor: Jody Ouradnik
Date: Sunday, February 2, 12:30-2:30 pm
Dorset buttons are named for the button-making cottage industry that originated in Dorset County, England in the early 1600's. The buttons were originally made by wrapping cloth around rings of sheep's horn, but as the craft evolved makers began to also use yarn wrapped around brass, plastic, or wood rings. Dorset buttons were generally not used for fastenings, but were worn as decoration, and the designs span from very simple to very complex.
In this class, you will be introduced to the process of making one of the basic types of Dorset buttons -- the Old Dorset Crosswheel -- which can be used alone as a brooch or shawl pin, or combined with other Dorset buttons to create a stunning necklace or decorative piece. If time allows, we will also explore a number of other Dorset button designs.
Skills taught in this class include:
Preparing a foundation ring (Casting & Slicking)
Placing the "spokes" (Laying)
Weaving the button fill design (Rounding)
Skill Level: No previous experience is required to take this class.
Supplies to bring to class: (registered students receive 10% off class supply purchases, excluding patterns)
Foundation rings and yarn for your first two buttons are included in your class fee. You may purchase additional supplies on the day of class at the class-discounted price, if you wish to make more buttons after the class is over. For each button we use:
1-1/2 to 2" plastic drapery ring
DK or Worsted weight yarn in a variety of colors. You will use approximately 10 yards for each button: The bulk is used for wrapping the button foundation, with small amounts needed of other colors. Suggested yarn: Rauma Strikkegarn
Notions: Please bring a tapestry (yarn) needle with a blunt point and a small pair of scissors to class with you.
* See the main Classes page for our policy about class changes and cancellations.