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- Dorset crosswheel button instructions
October 16, 2005, 8:27 pm
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Found this on the net if anyone is interested and wants to try it out. This
says to make them with Linen thread, but we make them out of yarn, adding
beads to the spokes etc..Bit of history then how to do them...Cheers...Cher
Here is a variation in the directions:
From The Lady's Guide to Plain Sewing, Book II:
The buttons usually used for shirts and personal linen were thread buttons.
A well organized cottage industry, begun in 1622, in Dorset, England, gave
rise to the name of numerous styles, including the Dorset Crosswheel. First
bone discs then metal rings were used to make many of the buttons. They
should be made without a break in the ring, such as those used for Roman
shades and curtains. Those of 3/8 inch inside diameter are a good size.
To make a dorset crosswheel button, a linen thread of 40/2 or a similar
size, usually bleached, is used to stitch the buttons. You will need a piece
at least two yards long for each button.
The first step is called casting: using a small, blunt needle, make
buttonhole stitches all around the ring, spacing the stitches very closely,
and completely covering the ring. The knots, or pearls, of the stitches,
will lay to the outside of the ring.
The second step is called slicking: twist the buttonhole stitches around the
ring, so that the knots, or pearls, are on the inside of the ring. Use the
needle to catch some of the pearls, and begin the twisting with a lever like
action. After the twisting is started, it is usually quite easy to finish
the slicking with the fingers.
The third step is called laying: holding the ring firmly with the fingers of
one hand, and the thread pulled taunt by the other, wrap the thread around
the ring, making "spokes". Usually, tweleve spokes are made. With your
imagination, divide the ring like the numbers on a clock. The thread must be
held taunt to prevent the spokes from loosening and falling off the ring.
The centers will not cross exactly at this stage. Complete this step by
securing the threads to the center with a couple of crosses stitches,
catching all of the spokes. The first crossd stitches can be adjusted to the
center using the needle to push the stitches. Cross the centers again. Check
to be sure the crossed stitches are in the middle of the ring. This is very
The fourth step is called rounding: using the needle, weave around from
spoke to spoke, taking a stitch under and back over each spoke (like a
backstitch). Work from the center outward, fillin in the ring as closely as
possible. Keeo your work even and neat.
Finish the button by using a sharp needle to run the remaining thread tail
through the back of the rounding and exit at the center back of the button.
The tail may be left to use to set on the button, or may be trimmed off.
Re: Cher, thanks I received the booklet:
Somewhere on the card I said I couldn't locate the tool, but will keep
trying....lol We had a clear up here over the last couple of months, taking
all my books and tins upstairs to my workroom...I've looked where I was
absolutely sure they were, but they weren't....but as soon as I locate it I
will send it to you...sorry you didn't get it in this package, but I wanted
you to have the booklet more than anything and not wait til I found the
tool. It's only a little latch hook thingy used for picking up stitches on
machine knitting, but they work really well for hand knitting as well, and I
have quite a number of them..
So you will get one. Gem must be receiving her present soon then as this
was sent at the same time.#
Enjoy you booklet......hugz....Cher
Re: Cher, thanks I received the booklet:
Oh gosh, I read that sentence and thought it said something about you
couldn't find the book but it says hook........lol.
That's ok. Don't worry about it. I got a crochet hook for 'trying' to
fix stuff and might get a few smaller sizes.
I have another class tomorrow. I bet she suggests a sweater all ready.
OH NO. LOL.
Re: Cher, thanks I received the booklet:/Cher
Nope, the sweater is done on the first photo:
It is this sweater: http://tinyurl.com/8p6fb
I don't know how my sister is learning to spin.
I've got to call her tomorrow as she is my twin and it is
our 50th birthday tomorrow. I can ask if I remember.
Re: Dorset crosswheel button instructions
As I said to Katherine, Gems, they are somewhat fiddly to do for the first
time. So you need some time to start going with them. Get larger rings and
work with yarn to start with just to get the idea.
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