Dorset Button: More Buttons! - Sunday, March 24, 1:00-3:00 pm
Instructor: Jody Ouradnik
Date: Sunday: March 24, 1:00-3:00 pm
Dorset buttons are named for the button-making cottage industry that originated in Dorset County, England in the early 1600's. The Dorset Buttons: Intro class meeting on Sunday, March 17th, introduces the 4 basic steps of Casting, Slicking, Laying, and Rounding a basic Dorset button. This class builds on the skills learned during the Intro class, introducing you to more intricate button designs, such as the Basketweave and Shirtlace buttons.
Dorset buttons can be used alone as a brooch or shawl pin, or combined with other Dorset buttons to create a stunning necklace or decorative piece.
Skills taught in this class include:
Brief review of each step in creating a Dorset button: Casting, Slicking, Laying, and Rounding
Laying thread for the Basketweave and Shirtlace button designs
Rounding for the Basketweave and Shirtlace button designs
Skill Level: You will be successful in this class if you are able to complete the "casting" step for a button foundation ring by covering it with blanket stitches.
Homework to complete BEFORE coming to class: Wrap two separate button rings (2" or 3" diameter drapery rings) with blanket stitches, using DK or Worsted weight yarn. This is the "casting" step of creating a Dorset button. You may use any color you'd like for the casting, keeping in mind that the yarn will show as the background ring color on your finished button. You will need approximately 8 yards of yarn to complete the casting on a 3" diameter ring.
Supplies to bring to class: (registered students receive 10% off class supply purchases, excluding patterns)
Your finished homework: 2 foundation rings with completed casting. Packages of 3" plastic rings are available for purchase in the shop.
DK or Worsted weight yarn in a variety of colors for Laying & Rounding. You will need a total of 10-20 yards for completing each of the 2 buttons we will make in class. Suggested yarn: Rauma Strikkegarn
Tapestry needle - preferably metal with a slight bend at the tip
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