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How To Create Dorset Buttons

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How to make Dorset Buttons
web seminar with Kate Larson

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For three hundred years, intricately patterned buttons were produced in Dorset, England. These small, soft buttons made by wrapping linen thread around a wire ring were common during Jane Austen's day. With the invention of machine-made buttons in the mid-nineteenth century, the Dorset button industry all but disappeared.

Join Kate Larson as she shares some of the history of Dorset buttons and guides you through making several button styles. Kate will show you how to make Blandford Cartwheels and introduce you to several easy variations to get your creativity flowing. Learn to use both traditional materials and modern knitting yarns to make beautiful buttons for your next project.

With this web seminar, you will:

  • Learn the history of Dorset buttons and the button makes in England
  • Create a Blandford Cartwheel button
  • Explore several other button patterns that are still made in Dorset today
  • Discover how to incorporate additional colors, textures, and beads into your buttons
  • Learn how to select and adapt knitting yarns to make stunning, modern buttons
  • And more.

Plus! Included in this webinar is a demonstration of how to incorporate and add dorset buttons to a finished piece. Kate will show how this is done using the knitted Gold Hill Cowl, a free knitting pattern that comes with this webinar.

Crafters who should attend this web seminar include:

  • Knitters, crocheters, weavers and other crafters looking to create unique buttons.
  • Anyone who has created basic Dorset buttons and is looking for new ideas.
  • Fiber artists who enjoy learning about historical textiles.
  • Fiber artists interested in creating historical costumes.
  • Knitters, crocheters, and seamstresses who have created a beautiful garment and can never seem to find the right buttons.
  • Any crafter that would love to put small bits of yarn to good use.

More about Kate Larson:

Kate Larson loves using fiber arts as a bridge between her passions for art and agriculture. Her fiber journey has led her to a degree in Environmental Soil Chemistry, travels through northern Europe in search of textile traditions, and back to the farm where her family has lived for six generations. She keeps an ever-growing flock of Border Leicester sheep and teaches handspinning and knitting regularly in central Indiana and around the country. Kate has published articles and designs in Spin-Off Magazine, Jane Austen Knits, and has contributed to several knitting books. She manages the Spinner’s Connection blog at Find her at

Author/Designer: Kate Larson

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