Yesterday I shared an image of some handmade wooden buttons, so today I thought I would show how they came to be.
I had actually dabbled with making wooden buttons about a year and a half ago, but as it had pretty much ended in disaster I put the project to the side and had pretty much forgotten about it. A few days ago my three year old came up to me a whacked me with a stick, and instead of the usual telling off I responded with “Hey, my button stick. Where did you find that?”. So with a whack of a stick I was back attempting making buttons.
The stick was a pruning from one of our many trees in our yard, probably elm or crab apple, maybe apricot. In my previous attempt I had stripped off some of the bark which was handy. One of my biggest mistakes last time was the wood was too green, so time solved my first issue. I lined up a different saw this time (the other issue last time was the wrong saw) and EVENTUALLY a miter box, thanks to my dad. My husband had put mine “somewhere” …..we have “his & hers” tool issues in our home to the point that my parents bought me my own drill for Christmas (which is safely stowed …A.K.A. “hidden”…..under my desk).
From here I sliced the stick into small disks a bit thicker than a commercial button as I wanted a rustic looking button for embellishing some of my “Coffee Sweaters”.
Next was a bit of sanding.
Then drilling the holes with a rotary tool.
It seems quite simple when I look at the steps but it sure didn’t go that quickly.
They do look wonderful on the “Coffee Sweaters”.
Another batch is off to a local store, Sunworks, in Red Deer, Alberta. You can find them on the counter in the Coconut Room.
Time to get knitting and dyeing again!
Art , photography, illustration and fibre wearables and useables
by Debra Hunter
Hunter Photographics & Studio H