Thursday, January 18, 2018

buttons and button strings



                            I imagine that most of us who like to play with fabric and threads   
                                                
                                                                          love buttons.                                                                
                                           
                                                                          Am I right?


    

                              I mean, they make a great finishing touch, come in all shapes, sizes,         
                                            textures, and color, old and new,
                                                                   and they are cute as a ...well, you know! 

                                It's hard to leave those packs of buttons at the thrift shop behind. 
                       
                                                            Do you know what I mean?

            Just so happens that one of those thrift store packs was close at hand when I needed a few old buttons to finish off a project. I emptied the pack into an old tart tin and found that a button string was tucked inside. Oh, happy day! What makes a string of buttons so endearing? Maybe it's the curiosity about the person who strung them for safekeeping. A simple reminder that women and girls have been taking care of buttons since the earliest of times. 

                                               

From humble bone and wood buttons                                                                                                                                                           to little underwear buttons to fancy china calico and stencil buttons;
                                                           
                                                                   you have my heart.
                                               
                                                          
                            One of my dolls with two sweet stencil buttons from late 19th to early 20th century.                                    (I think.) Would love to hear if anyone knows more about the stencil buttons.

                                          

2 comments:

  1. Glad to see your posts are back again! I love buttons, and have a lot..but they are getting very hard to find AND expensive in thrift shops and antique malls!

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    1. Thank you! You are so right about finding affordable buttons. You used to be able to walk out with a $2 jar but it seems those days are long gone. Hope you find some real treasures soon!

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