In honor of National Button week March 13-19, 2023 I thought that I would share a few of my favorite buttons, and buttons, and lots and lots of buttons. Today I like to share a collection of crochet, covered fabric, embroidered, and beaded buttons, and pieces from my book Creative Embroidery Mixing the Old with the New.
Framed Lace Collar: This beautiful piece is a Stash Idea Project in my book. I was given this gorgeous crochet collar, and found a perfect way to frame it. I hand-stitched it to a silk fabric square, then strip-pieced the square with cotton fabric, then added vintage lace and satin ribbons. I embroidered vignettes of silk ribbon roses and leaves, and embroidered French knots around the collar. The rust color woven thread buttons were a gift from a friend, and note the tiny rust colored thread covered beads arranged within the collar, too cute. I also used black and brown crochet buttons, glass and painted buttons, and glass beads for embellishments.
Scattered Splattered Tatters: This gallery piece from my new book started with a crazy-pieced base made from muslin bits and pieces left-over from many, many, many projects. I hand-quilted the pieced square with perle cotton #12. I added in bits and pieces of tatted lace, crochet lace, machine made trims, and a variety of crochet, tatted, and cotton appliques. I sprinkled a treasured collection of crochet buttons and thread covered buttons, along with mother-of-pearl and ceramic buttons.
Mary Margaret’s Pretty Purse: This fun little gallery piece, in my new book really was meant to showcase this beautiful little knitted finger-purse. I pieced the base with a scrap of black and creme silk, and pieces from two vintage ties. I embroidered vignettes of silk ribbon roses, and ribbon rosettes along the seams, that are also embellished with glass flower beads. The frame is embellished with crochet, glass, and metal buttons, and the remainder of the tiny thread covered beads from the first piece above.
Hope that you enjoyed looking! Happy stitching! ~Christen