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National BUTTON WEEK, Day 3!!!

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

National Sewing Month

Day 18

Question: Do you like to crazy-piece, but sometimes find the sections so small, that it is hard to embroider every seam? In those cases, I like to “collage” embroider and embellish.

13″ x 13″

Scattered Splattered Tatters by Christen Brown

Left-over pieces of muslin fabric were crazy-pieced together, then hand quilted with perle cotton #12. Crochet, porcelain, and mother-of-pearl buttons are nestled into the lengths of tatted and machine-made lace, scattered crochet, appliqués and tatted components. The finished piece was hand-dyed with Colorhue dyes, using a Rustic Aging recipe that I created. This piece can be seen in my new book, Creative Stitching, Mixing the Old with the New, by C&T Publishing.

13 1/2″ x 13 1/2″

Wild Persimmons by Christen Brown

This piece started with a crazy-pieced base of silk and cotton fabrics, which was machine quilted in a random spiral pattern. A rayon cord was couched down with seed beads to create a pattern. The embroidery and embellishments that follow the pattern are vintage plastic and glass buttons, sequins, glass seed beads, and large beads. This piece can be seen in my book Beaded Embroidery Stitching.

Happy Stitching, ~Christen