I first heard about Dorset Buttons ages ago, I think when we learned about cottage industries in history lessons all those years ago when I was still at school! They came back on my radar during my recent visit to Stourhead on their cellar & attic tour as the head housemaid was making them. When I got home I googled them and also bought a kit to have a go .... and I now have a new hobby!
Here's my first attempt, not brilliant, but each one was better than the one before. My last attempt was the best, but is also in the bin as I dropped it in my mug of coffee when I was trying to show it to Ced!
I included these buttons in my swap jar - more about that in another post - and I plan to have another go at making some more, slightly bigger ones. There's lots of different weaving styles to try as well.
Interestingly, learning about the button making cottage industry may have solved one of my problems with a branch of the family tree. I think I may have found one of the missing women and the demise of the industry may explain why she relocated to Bath. Still some detective work to do to be sure though.