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How to Make Dorset and Yorkshire Buttons
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"Yorkshire Buttons are basically an extension of an embroidery stitch called a ribbed wheel.
(Also known as ribbed spider’s web, back stitched spider’s web, woven wheel or woven spot).
Somewhere in Yorkshire, someone had the bright idea of taking this stitch and weaving it free
of any backing material. Instead the stitch is woven onto a circular template, thus they
were able to take the finished circle off the template and gather and stuff it to form a
little sphere and hey presto a new button was invented."
-=- from How to make a Yorkshire Button from Potter Wright & Webb, A
Traditional Crafts Journey around the British Isles
History of Dorset Buttons
- The History of the
Dorset Button Industry by Henry's Buttons. Like a number of heritage crafts and
skills, information was passed down from generation to generation. The Dorset Button
industry was no exception. However, we do know that this cottage industry affected the
lives of hundreds of families in Dorset for more than 200 years."
- Jack Hargreaves -
Dorset Buttons An episode from Jack Hargreaves TV series in the 1980s. In this
half episode of one of Jack Hargreaves' 'Out of Town' series first broadcast in the
1970s he shows Elizabeth Gilbert making buttons by hand in Twyford, a village a few
miles south of Shaftesbury in Dorset. He talks of the days when button-making was a
cottage industry - the traditional form of manufacture before the Industrial Revolution
replaced the rural family uout-worker with factory based machines as part of the
expansion of the Britain's industrial cities. The film shows casting, laying, rounding
techniques and explains such button types as the high top, knob, crosswheel and
Blandford cartwheel as well as the impact of mass production on traditional country
households in the once thriving village.
How To Make Dorset and Yorkshire Buttons
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