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a day at the Castle

January 29, 2012

Craigdarroch Castle is an impressive venue for a workshop

a variety of Victorian craft workshops are being taught at the Castle

even on a grey day it is an imposing site

beautifully maintained, is well worth a visit









my 3 hour Dorset button class was full and everyone was busy

after learning the basic skills some 21st century buttons were made

using a novelty “chenille” yarn

changing colours – and a tassel







a little pansy



the back with a yarn “shank”








 teacher’s contribution

thank you to a very enthusiastic group of button makers

8 Comments leave one →
  1. January 30, 2012 3:16 am

    looks soo much fun.too bad i couldn’t attend 😦


  2. January 29, 2012 5:57 pm

    Oh, I would have love to be in your class. How long does it take to show a dummy to make one of those? Just wandered!


    • January 29, 2012 7:09 pm

      I’m bringing all the makings with me, it will take you an hour, then you can teach Bryan ha ha!


      • January 30, 2012 5:52 pm

        Thanks Jean, I am so excited to hear this! I was hoping you could show me how. I taught Bryan how to make Japanese thimbles. His fingers are too big for it.


      • January 30, 2012 6:49 pm

        he, he fat fingers! my son is a sailmaker, he uses something called a “sailmaker’s palm made of leather and fits over the thumb and covers the palm of the hand.


  3. January 29, 2012 3:21 pm

    That’s so great.. the buttons are lovely!


  4. January 29, 2012 11:38 am

    Thanks so much for a fun class, and it was terrific to meet you at last.


    • January 29, 2012 11:59 am

      I had fun, too. and enjoyed meeting both you and Bruce – think we could start a revolution?


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