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How To Make Beautiful Buttons
Beate Schmitz

Search Press
28 December 2014 / ISBN 9781782210627
How-To Books / Fabric Crafts

Reviewed by Rachel A Hyde


Why buy boring buttons when you can make your own special one-of-a-kind creations? Whatever craft you do there is sure to be a way of making a button to fit your project.

Crochet, feltwork, macramé, hand and machine embroidery, polymer clay if you craft you are bound to find a button to make with it in here. This is not an in-depth look at teaching you how to do all the crafts but the author manages to convey quite a lot in a few words to encourage beginners; I was rather impressed. There are some clear instructions, useful photos and great diagrams (especially for the bead stringing for the crochet buttons). These made it all seem possible without too much consultation of beginners books. You can turn almost anything into a button it seems, and I was particularly taken with the driftwood and cords made from yarn. Some of the buttons would not be suitable for machine washing, but there is a neat way of making them detachable, showing that pretty much everything has been covered (pardon the pun). To give you an idea of what is in store there are beaded crochet buttons, amusing clay ones, cartoons drawn using a sewing machine, Chinese cord knots, delicately beaded felt buttons, rolled fabric, frayed denim and more. One for the keeper shelf.

If you cannot find a good range of general fabric craft materials locally try for a list of suppliers

UK Reviewer: Rachel Hyde's work can be found in Sewing World, Sew Hip, Popular Crafts and other magazines. Her craft blog is Green Thoughts
Reviewed 2015