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Dorset Buttons, Handstitched in Dorset for Over 300 Years [Paperback]

Thelma Johns
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Book Description

3 Oct 2012
One of the most fascinating rural industries was the hand-making of buttons which appeared in Shaftesbury towards the end of the 16th century and, almost overnight, expanded throughout the whole of East Dorset. Employing nearly every woman and child in that area on some facet of the craft but which vanished with equal alacrity in the mid 19th century due to the Industrial Revolution, leaving owners and workers alike in a state of extreme poverty. The craft did linger in a few villages here and there but gradually this industry declined and disappeared. The majority of records have also been lost without trace so that we now know little about the craft or the people engaged in it. It is hoped that this book will go some way towards permanently preserving the limited information which has been gathered together about buttony and will help to popularise this craft that has had a revival in Dorset in recent years.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 76 pages
  • Publisher: Natula Publications; 1st edition (3 Oct 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1897887914
  • ISBN-13: 978-1897887912
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15.4 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 83,798 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Dorset Buttons 3 Jun 2013
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The book is great as far as it goes, but I think further research has been done on some of the different types of button since it was published. However, the history and instructions for making buttons where given are very good and clear. Would recommend it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely buttons 17 Jun 2013
By doris
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I bought this book with a vague idea of copying a brooch I has that was based on a dorset button, but this is so much more thsn I had imagined. Anyone interested in sewing , knitting or just crafts in general would find this book of interest as it gives history and background as well as instructions on making several varieties of buttons. well pleased with it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dorset Buttons 18 Jun 2014
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A very interesting read. I purchased the book after doing a class at my local knitting shop. I would recommend this book if anyone wants to learn about these lovely buttons
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5.0 out of 5 stars Informative and practical 23 Mar 2014
By Clara
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I wanted to learn how to make buttons and enjoyed reading this book which also includes the history, as well as illustrating how to make hand made buttons.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 18 Aug 2014
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have just learnt this lovley craft broken wrist at the moment 3weeks to go then back to craft
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