I am lucky to belong to a vibrant branch of the Embroiderers’ Guild that has an enthusiastic committee who arrange an exciting program of speakers and events. Just over two years ago, I was introduced to this welcoming and creative group, who I’ve found are extremely generous in sharing knowledge, as well as their textile stash, and not least, their cake!
Sometimes we have a practical night where we try a new stitch and at the April meeting we had a go at making Yorkshire buttons. Despite looking impressive, they are actually really easy to make with just a long piece of thread, some pins, a tiny amount of wadding and a circle of foam mountboard. A full tutorial can be found here on the guild blog.
Be warned though, they are time-consuming and it will probably take an hour or two for one little button. You will also need an extremely long thread as ideally you want to complete the button using one length, so there is no visible join. This means it’s liable to tangle frustratingly. (Remember to let your needle hang loose every now and again to unwind.) A lot of elbow room is needed too so despite the lack of kit needed, this is no way to kill time on public transport!
For some members, life’s too short and this would be their first and last ever Yorkshire button. However, I do think they are rather beautiful, particularly in variegated thread and they can be made in any shade to perfectly co-ordinate with your project. I imagine I’ll be using them in future as fasteners for my handmade books and journals.