Dorset Buttons were named so from the County in which they were predominately made, on the south cost of England. They were a cottage production, mostly made by woman and children of that area, then gathers on 'Button Days' and shipped to all the colonies of the British Empire during the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. Mostly found on the shirts of men, summer weight waistcoats, and children's clothing they came in many forms and sizes. Most of the patterns are unknown to us now and only a few remaining examples exist. Sometimes referred to as 'wire buttons' or 'thread buttons' they were the ideal button for shirts as they were made of the same material, and were lightweight, helping to not distort the shape of the collar. The kits contains instructions and enough supplies to make two 1/2 inch 18th/19th Century reproduction Dorset Buttons in the Blandford Wheel pattern.
2 x 1/2 inch metal rings Instructions Linen thread bees wax cake
You will need:
1 x sewing needle small scissors
*Additional rings and wax cakes can be purchased.
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