Having just read the Button Wednesday post on Petronella's blog I have decided to join in.
I have a collection of buttons. I didn't specially set out to collect them, they just accumulated.
I am the same with teapots! One day I realised I had a collection of teapots.
Some of them I bought for a dressmaking or textile art projects then didn't use them. Others are saved from clothes that went for recycling. Sometimes I just buy a button because I like it and then there are the spares that come with new clothes....
Many years ago I bought some buttons from a little local haberdashers store, they looked like very old stock even then and were reduced to clear, so they are definitely vintage. They are shaped like a scallop shell and slightly pearlised.
I used one of them recently for a European Street Team challenge and this is the item I made.
Lavender and cream brooch, corsage, necklace or hair fascinator it is in my Etsy shop here
The lace is upcycled and the silk is handpainted lavender.