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Vintage buttons

Vintage buttons. Tips for beginner tatters. Part 4 , or how to add a beautiful button to a tatting pattern. Part 3 of my articles for beginning tatters can be read here:

Hello everyone! I’ve recently been organizing my craft supplies. Ah, I have to do this from time to time! To you too? And among the three kilograms of buttons, I found several pieces that interested me.

vintage button

Often I have seen round buttons added to tatting patterns. I made such a heart (this was 12 years ago).

But these are rectangular buttons. Can they be used? Why not?

As usual, I didn’t stop at shuttles only. After all, for those who tat with a needle, it is also interesting to make a small brooches with a vintage buttons. Do you agree?
The pattern is very simple. Because the main thing in this pattern is the rectangular button!

Use a crochet hook when making connections. Choose a hook that will fit easily into the button hole.

I decided it wasn’t worth doing graphic design. Therefore, I simply put numbers indicating the number of double stitches directly on the photo. You can take a screenshot or download a PDF file from the link:

Tatting with button
Tatting with button

Educational video on my YouTube channel. Please take a look and come back!

Some useful tips for tat with vintage buttons

Of course, if the buttons are dirty, they need to be washed and dried.

As you work, try to tighten the loops inside the button tightly. Otherwise, the button will not be firmly secured in the middle of the pattern. But we don’t want the buttons to “dangle or float” in space!

Another important point. Try to ensure that the threads on the button lie parallel and do not twist with each other. This will make your work look neater.

When watching a video please note that I respect the front and back sides when weaving. It seems to me that in this case the picots look more beautiful.

The two motifs are made with the same threads and the same pattern. But with the shuttle and needle ready, the motif turns out to be of different sizes.

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8 thoughts on “Vintage buttons

  1. How do you know what size button will work and how many rings/stitches to do around the button?

    1. Good question, Avigayil! It all depends on your imagination. Technically, each master has his own method, probably. I will write a detailed article on this topic.

  2. Nice tips, Elena. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thank You so much for support me, Muskaan!

  3. This is awesome……. I make glass buttons…. and I will try this….. Elana If you send me your address I will try to send you some of my hand made buttons… if you would want them….. will they cost you for customs? I dont want you to have to pay any thing Glory to Ukraine…..

    1. Oh, that’s so sweet, Kenneth! Thank you very much for your offer. Alas, delivery of buttons will cost you very much. Because you need to send the parcel only with a tracking number. A photo of your beautiful buttons will be enough for me, if possible.

      1. Thank you for the reply… I will try to get some pictures and send to you….. Glory to Ukraine

        1. I will be very glad to receive your photos!

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