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The Button Maker: 30 Great Techniques and 35 Stylish Projects [Hardcover]

Sarah Beaman
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27 April 2006
Buttons are found everywhere - either as fastenings or simply as a decorative device. The perfect button can transform a handcrafted piece into something really special, and change a mass-produced shirt or cardigan into a truly unique item. With 'The Button Maker' you can make knitted, crochet, felted and knotted buttons as well as buttons using clay, polymer clay, fabric, beads, and natural materials such as wood and shells. Each technique is carefully explained with step-by-step instructions and photographs of each stage, while the projects detail a range of different ideas for you to put into practice. Try making a traditional Dorset button, a knitted bobble or natural wood toggle. Every buttonhole deserves the best button - and this book will teach you everything you need to know to create the most beautiful hand-crafted buttons.

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  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Collins & Brown (27 April 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843402777
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843402770
  • Product Dimensions: 27 x 18 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 117,675 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sarah Beaman trained as a fashion designer and teaches on a Fashion Design course. She has a wide-ranging interest in crafts of all kinds and has set up her own successful business making greetings cards.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A little disappointed 22 Jan 2013
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The book has lots of great ideas and techniques; I feel it is especially great for beginners and those looking for inspiration & new skills.

I was looking for a book with that covered more traditional & historical methods of button construction of which this book only contains a couple of projects covering those techniques, so in that respect I was disappointed in the book.

Apart from that the book itself was informative and helpful and would be very useful to anyone wishing to develop new skills, it offers inspiring mixed media ideas for the humble button.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Project Ideas 20 May 2012
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This is a really nice book. lots of ideas, I am not sure if I will actually make the exact buttons in the projects but the ideas are good to base things on.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great ideas for buttons 14 Jan 2014
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Full of useful ideas and information this will set you on the road to creating your own buttons to your own size, shape and colour. No more hunting for buttons, no more trawling through displays of horrible, standard, cheap-looking run-if-the-mill buttons which are not that cheap to buy. Just make your own! Easy to follow and good for someone new to button making.
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1.0 out of 5 stars trouble with obtaining goods 22 April 2013
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i purchased this book to make homemade buttons i cannot obtain russian braid and no one supplies plastic loom -type moulds i have tried contacting the people in the back of the book please can you help
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely fantastic! 8 Nov 2007
By LynetteB - Published on Amazon.com
I was searching the internet for a particular book I had borrowed from my local library a few years ago on making your own buttons, and in the process I found "The Button Maker". The reviews were good, so I chanced to buy it. Am I so glad I did!!! I just exclaimed more and more with each page I turned. Such creativity with the different kinds of things you can use to make your own buttons! They looked so simple, I was inspired! Materials and methods like crochet, knitting, fabric, wood, beads, oven baked clay and threads might not surprise you, but cotton wool turned into buttons? Key ring holders? What about shells, rubber, plastic, braids and much more - even bottle tops and photos! Such little expense, and so many varieties of methods using things you already have around the home. Step by step detailed pictures, excellent instructions and a well set out book makes the book a joy to have and to use. The inspiration just flows by looking through the book! If you want to make unique buttons that are classy and unique, I highly recommend this book. I'm going to have so much fun making buttons, and the inspiration the book gives will undoubtedly find me experimenting and making more and more buttons. It could easily become an addiction!!! I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to be able to make their own buttons, even if they don't think they have crafting skills.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Looking for an unusual one of a kind button for your next project? 6 Jan 2007
By J. Duke - Published on Amazon.com
i make a lot of purses and felt them and i am always searching for just the right button to embellish my bags. This book is just the right source for many unusual and easy -to- make buttons. i would give this book 10 stars if it was available..enjoy!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Loaded with inspiration 14 July 2010
By Kathleen Valentine - Published on Amazon.com
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What a great little book this is! The buttons and the techniques used to make them are beautifully illustrated with instructions and drawings and some of the techniques are pure inspiration. I am especially fond of the little crocheted buttons and found the beaded buttons, especially the beaded toggles, to be very sophisticated and unique. The author also has a very good section on working with natural items like twigs and seashells (the seashells shown on the cover are just lovely). I think my favorite section is the one on creating fiber buttons -- the monkey fist, lace ball, and braided ribbon buttons all show you how to create genuinely unique and stunning buttons that add elegance to any garment and will have people asking, "where on earth did you find those buttons?" Excellent book.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Source of " Buttonalia"! 13 Jun 2009
By MusingCrow - Published on Amazon.com
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I became interested in buttons when I started making Dorset buttons. This book just adds to my fascination with " button-alia". Included are really great ideas for making your own buttons that will enhance any of your projects that need just the perfect button.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars This book is ok 1 May 2012
By Almost Nerd - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is ok, not great, not terrible. It could have been more extensive than it is. I wish they would have put in more ideas.
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