Last week, I (Teri) took you on a tour of the wreaths which decorated Colonial Williamsburg. This wreath on the left, full of bows and spools, sets the stage for today's stops along the cobbled road. This week, I'd like to show you the many stitching-related gems I encountered during our walk. Enjoy!
|Hats, hair, woven fabrics, yarn, baskets...|
|Don't you just love these brilliant colors of yarn?|
|...and cool colors.|
As we were walking, we saw these ladies making buttons. I was intrigued, and I asked if I could watch and take a few photos. They kindly obliged, and told me how they were making the buttons, using simple sewing thread and a buttonhole stitch.
|The button in the foreground, as the ladies stitch.|
|Such fine work!|
|These kits were found in one of the merchant's shops, introducing a variety of crafts.|
|Further down the road, the Mary Dickinson Shop—the Historic Millinery—had shelves of kits for embroidery, samplers, pockets, cord-making, and books about tatting.|
|And beneath the kits was fabric sold by the yard. So many temptations!|
|They sold a different kind of hand-crafted button than what the ladies were making earlier.|
|The Weaving, Spinning & Dyeing building was across the street, adorned with a swag bedecked with spools, woven material, and skeins of yard.|
So, today I thought it might be fun to try to make one of those buttons I watched the ladies make and decided to give it a try. I was somewhat surprised by how easy it was. Of course, the fact that I used a perle cotton #8, rather than sewing thread, may have helped to ease the job. Here are my results.
|1. I wrapped the thread around a pencil to get the base shape of my button.|
|2. I secured the loops of thread by tying them.|
|3. I went around the loops, securing them with a simple buttonhole stitch.|
|4. I pulled each stitch tightly, and made sure they were close together.|
|It seemed a bit unruly at first, but the loops stayed in place as I went around the circle.|
|My finished colonial-style button, made with thread.|
Wouldn't it be fun to play with different sizes of buttons, with various threads? Perhaps adding some fun, decorative stitches around the outside, or even beads, could make some great crazy quilt embellishments. My thanks to these lovely ladies who taught me what they were doing. What a fun job they have!
Happy New Year!! We wish you many blessings in the coming year. May your days be full of stitching and beautiful stories that you create through your needles' eyes.