Dorset Buttons

From the mid 17th century Dorset Buttons were hand produced locally and formed an important part of the rural economy prior to the development of machine made buttons in the mid 19th century.
 
There were many different forms of button including Dorset Knobs, High Tops, Singletons, Bird's Eye and Old Dorset and Cross Wheel types, with such names as Basket, Honeycomb, Yarell and Blandford Cartwheel. 
 
The Cross Wheel button was made with linen thread on a base formed from a ring of wire and Rosalind makes her buttons as a variation of this type using a brass ring as the base and usually working with embroidery or crochet cotton.
 
 
                                               
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