Dorset Button Greeting Card – with Images of Original Dorset Buttons from My Collection


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A collection of original Dorset Buttons taken from my collection. Dorset Buttons are made in four different ways:
– High Top and Dorset Knob: the first Dorset Buttons and made with sheep’s horn, fabric and thread
– Birdseye and Mite: used just fabric and thread

Wire rings were introduced in the 1730s and two further types of buttons were added to the range:
– Singleton: made with wire rings, fabric and thread.
– Dorset Cartwheel and Blandford Crosswheel: used wire rings and thread.

The Dorset Button cottage industry originated in Shaftesbury in the 1620s, and became a major cottage industry throughout east Dorset creating employment for many families. Dorset Buttons were replaced by buttons made by machines during the first half of the 1800s. To help keep this heritage craft alive, I use the original methods to work my Dorset Buttons but use contemporary materials. I also try out new designs and ways to use the skills of this heritage craft and have decided to print three greeting cards featuring some of my Dorset Button creations.

All four cards are £2.00 each and are 15mm square. They come individually packed with their own envelope. The inside is blank for your own message.

Please note that the colours may not be exact as monitors do differ.

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