I love making Dorset buttons, and I love embroidery! Combining the two was a natural fit for me, and making needlework accessories was another check mark on my list of favorite things.
And, speaking of one of my favorite things: I don't think I can even begin to convey how much I have loved Australia's Inspirations magazine over the years. I started my collection with their very first issue—back then each imported issue was very coveted and costly— and eventually, a yearly subscription became a very welcome and anticipated birthday gift from my sister. It is immediately apparent that there is a reason it is called Inspirations: The world's most beautiful needlework.
I am absolutely thrilled to have a fun to make Dorset button and embroidery project entitled Button Bouquets in the newest issue of this gorgeous magazine— issue # 111.
Button Bouquets is created from lovely DMC Variations Pearl Cotton # 5, and DMC Pearl Cotton # 5 in beautiful colors which bring to mind some of my favorite summer blooms. The tape measure cover and thread holder are both constructed from DMC evenweave linen in a wonderful tea dyed shade, which is a perfect foil for the crisp white cross stitch border— simple to make, and lovely to use. The buttons feature colonial knot flowers and a tiny tied bow.
I am very protective of my tape measure, and think it is now worthy of display, which is handy for me as I reach for it all of the time! Even better is the thread holder, which also serves as a convenient place to park my needles. Very useful, especially for someone like me who travels with my needlework (and who might admit to dropping needles all the time : )
Button Bouquets features buttons that use a couple of traditional Dorset button making steps, as well as some more contemporary methods. Button making can be addictive — they don't require many yards of thread, and they don't require much time. But, they do make a tremendous impact!!
If you are interested, you may even purchase a complete kit that contains all of the materials necessary to construct the Button Bouquet project through the Inspirations website.
Just remember that the prices that are listed on the website are in AU $.
I am really looking forward to receiving my own copy of the magazine. I am so excited— looking through Inspirations is such a nice way to relax, and, well, be inspired!
I hope you try making the Dorset based embroidered flower buttons, and if you do, I would love to see them!