I held a class at my home this past week. The ladies who attended wanted to make witches. As you can see, Laura Larsen was most successful. Here she is with her witch, Gussy. Laura not only took the class, she brought a special gift: a bucket of her mother's buttens collected over the years in an old shortning tin. What a treasure!!!!!!!
I. Unbelieveably she gave them all to me. So I sorted them into piles to photograph them for us. There was even a Bakolite buckle which you can see to you right. The buttons in the top of the tin are old underware buttons. Laura's mother threw nothing away and they will be great for primative wool pieces and dolls who need that look. The sugar shaker, which will go to Laura, has pearl buttons (except for a plie of tiny ones I am keeping for inchies). There are some great brown and wine colored ones for just the right statement. I took all the ho hum ones and put them in a glass and dyed the ones who would except it. Then there is this nest of white ones which I shall try to paint with alcohol based inks. Who knows how that will look? I will report. The junk buttons can be upolstered or used in stacks and with beads for color. Like Laura's mother, I will not live to use them all but I shall pass them along. Her kids had no interest in them, but mine have been trained. Have you got some button stories you'd like to share?
And of course, I had to dye some of them. I was inspired by the pink peonies so pink it had to be. Those that except the dye do so in the micro-wave, in a Pyrex cup. The buttons are covered with liquid dye and cooked for 2 to 3 minutes. Thank you, Laura. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!