The word button appeared in France and came from the word "bouton" for bud or "bouter" to push. The french were quick to spot the potential of the button and by 1250 had established the Buttton Makers Guild. The Guild produced beautiful buttons of great artistry and as a result the button became a status symbol and once again were being used not just for fastening clothing but as an adornment. The attraction for buttons resulted in outfits adorned with thousands of buttons. Dressing and undressing became a chore. In 1520 King Francis I of France had over 13,000 buttons adorning his clothing while he met with King Henry VIII of England. He also sported as many buttons on his clothing.
|Kate's Button Collection|
So the question is... Have you every sewed on a button? It's surprising how many have not! Don't be afraid it's easy. Just follow these simple steps below...
1. Choose a button.
|needle, thread and button|
3. Cut a piece of thread about 20 inches long.
4. Thread the needle.
5. Move the needle to the middle of the thread and fold the thread in half. Tie a not where both ends meet at
6. Place the button on top of the material where you want to sew it into place.
7. From under the material, push the needle up through the material and one of the holes on the button. Pull the thread all the way through until the knot is anchored against the material.
9. Repeat steps 7 and 8 three times, going up and down so that each hole is secured by mulitple strands.
So now you know a little history about the button. When I dig though my button collection I try to think about where each button came from and the many times the button was buttoned. I hope this too helps you to think differently about the button, where it came from and its many uses.
|Handmade buttons, made from clay. |
Painted with an underglaze and ready to be
fired in a kiln.