Deep Cove Weavers and Spinners

Deep Cove Weavers and Spinners

The goal of our Guild is to promote Fibre Arts through sharing knowledge with each other and encouraging interest in our crafts throughout the community.

Thursday, 24 April 2014

A Passion for Buttons

The DCWS Guild was pleased to have Jean Betts as our guest speaker for April.  Jean brought along a wonderful display from her rather extensive collection of buttons.  The collection included:  antique buttons; buttons made from metal & bone; buttons covered in silk, fabrics, various threads, yarns and cords - many of which were handcrafted by Jean herself.

A particular favourite was the Dorest button.  Jean described in detail how to handcraft a Dorset button, starting with a small plastic ring.  The ring is covered in a blanket stitch with thread, then a small 'warp' is created on the inside of the button.  Intricate designs are woven through the 'warp' threads in the centre to create unique button.  For a tutorial on how to make this type of button, visit: and search - Dorset Buttons.

Jean is an accomplished weaver, dyer and also harbours a passion for buttons.  If you would like to learn more about Jean Betts and her interests - visit her blog at: