Tessa Spanton SWA Artist, tutor, writer


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Wednesday, 30 June 2010

Button Wednesday

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.


kraplap said...

I love those shell-formed buttons !! Thanks for playing along.

Nancy van den Boom said...

Tessa, how nice! I love the button and the pictures are gorgeous!

Judi B said...

Buttons really are such fun! I have an elderly neighbor who paid me for listing something on Craigslist for her by letting me go through her old buttons. I brought home bags full!

Tinker Pixie said...

I love this piece!

Colours and Textures said...

Lovely story Judi.

Rita alias alatvian said...

Lovely post and beautiful piece you created!

ZudaGay said...

Lovely piece, Tessa!! I love old buttons and enjoy using them in my creations too! I didn't know there was a button Wednesday, how fun!