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Would you like to learn how to make traditional Dorset buttons? 
Rosalind is a member of the Embroiderer's Guild and has been making Dorset Buttons for about thirty years and teaching for the past twenty years.
Throughout the year workshops are held in the Dorchester area.
These workshops cover Cross Wheel buttons, Bird's Eyes, Singletons, Grindles, High Tops and Dorset Knobs and may be others too! 
Rosalind can offer a full day covering all button types or shorter 2 hour sessions focusing on particular types, eg Cross Wheels; a beginners level introduction, Colour work and/or beads and ridge patterns with Cross Wheels; Traditional construction of moulded buttons (Knobs and High Tops); Modern construction of fabric based buttons (Singletons, Grindles and Knobs).
Rosalind also holds short workshops to create items based on the Dorset Cross wheel button including a large Christmas decoration and also a simple Posy Brooch.

A series of workshops has been arranged to take place in the Autumn of 2017 at the Dorset Centre for the Creative Arts, Poundbury, Dorchester, see below for details.
Alternatively, Rosalind is willing to travel to teach a larger group of students (up to 25) at a suitable venue for a part or whole day, pleas
contact her for rates.   
Shown right are the buttons made by a class at a recent day school. 
Comments from previous students:
             "It was brilliant and I'm completely inspired
Autumn workshops at the Dorset Centre for the Creative Arts,  Parkway Farm Business Park, Middle Farm Way, Poundbury, Dorchester DT1 3AR. 
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Dorset Cross Wheel Button Making Workshop - Patterns and Beads on Tuesday 26th September 2017, 18.30 - 20.30 £20 per person

At this follow on workshop you will learn how to take your basic Cross Wheel button work further by adding patterns of surface ridges and beads.  The finished buttons can be little works of art and make great brooches.

Dorset Button Making Workshop - Fabric Based Buttons on Wednesday 27th September 2017, 18.30 - 20.30 £20 per person

This workshop will introduce you to the Singleton, Grindles (or sea urchin style) and Dorset Knob buttons. The Singletons are quite simple and you may have made these before.  They are essentially a fabric covered ring.  The Dorset Knob buttons, after which the hard round biscuits are named, are another fabric formed button. The similar Grindle is a lovely button to make, again worked on a fabric form.

All the materials you require to work these buttons will be provided.

Dorset Button Posy Brooch Making Workshop on Tuesday 17th October 2017, 18.30 - 20.30 £20 per person

At this special, relaxed workshop you will be provided with all the materials necessary to make a beautiful vintage style Dorset button posy brooch.

No previous experience is required and the workshop is suitable for all ages, from age 8 upwards. 

If you can, please bring with you a selection of sewing needles (blunt and pointed) and a pair of small, sharp scissors, but don’t worry if you can’t as these will be available.

Dorset Button Earring Making Workshop on Thursday 19th October 2017, 18.30 - 20.30 £20 per person

Come along and learn how to make earrings using Dorset Cross Wheel Buttons.
All materials will be provided and you will be shown how to create tiny stud earrings, clip-ons or larger reversible drop earrings.  These would make lovely individual Christmas presents for special family and friends.
This workshop is more suitable for those with experience of making Dorset Cross Wheel Buttons.

Dorset Button Christmas Decoration Making Workshop on Wednesday 1st November 2017, 18.30 - 20.30 £20 per person

At this special, relaxed Christmas workshop you will be provided with all the materials necessary to make a couple of simple decorations for your tree.
No previous experience is required.