This National Button Society’s “Capturing the Magic of Buttons" button craft workshop features flowers for a Button Bouquet. It was presented by Sylvia Liszka Durell, leader of the NBS Creating with Buttons Program Committee. You can see the recorded part of the program on YouTube at:
Creating With Buttons--
Saturday, June 12, 2021-- 2-4pm
I will be presenting a Button Bouquet tutorial that will give you ideas on how to use interesting little salt shakers and miniature vases to show off your pretty buttons. They make unique thank-you gifts and holiday gifts as well. All you need are buttons, floral wire and tape, a bit of greenery (optional) and pretty containers.
I will explain in the tutorial how to make the pictured miniature shoe display and various flowers in the bouquet below..
I got about 3 dozen cards of Dill Buttons the other day at an estate sale.
The headquarters of the Dill button factory is the German town Bärnau in Bavaria. The town lies between Nuernberg and Prague. Buttons have been manufactured here for more than 100 years and the town in the heart of Europe became the button center of the world.
The town of Bärnau has a museum which is globally unique – the German Button Museum. Here visitors can find out about the history of button production in Bärnau through text and images, as well as exhibition items - some of which are of historical value.
It started with the beautiful fabric a friend gave me. It waited until I got the inspiration to do a pink fish of buttons on it. So I sorted out through my craft buttons to find the pinks and blues I liked. I came across the pretty vintage handkerchief in my sewing things and thought it would work well as the fins. I think she looks quite feminine! It measures 16" x 20".
I created this "Thank You" button bouquet for a friend. I always find salt and pepper shakers to use in the thrift stores. I think this yellow watering can might have been used previously for a floral bouquet. It was the perfect size for my button flowers.
I finished this just in time for Mother's Day earlier this month. The drawings are from a "Moda" advertisement in an old quilting magazine, which I cut out and glued to the board. I drew the border to capture my yellow buttons heart. The size is 9" x 12".
I just completed this remake of a round side-table. I did it during our Covid 19 quarantine. Ironically, after I finished and started the less exciting project of cleaning out a stack of old magazines, I found a magazine that featured a story on the Corvid family of birds---specifically crows. So I am tempted to call my table the Corvid 19 table. I glued the buttons on, decoupaged wrapping paper and painted with acrylic and chalk paint to transform the table.
Created by Texas Gal Treasures
How to you test if something is bakelite jewelry or buttons? I show the hot water method & simichrome method. I also share how amber and tortoiseshell test with these methods.
I was tickled to receive this note from a buyer of my "Haiku for Button Lovers" book. It feels great to help spread the love of buttons and poetry!
Sylvia Liszka Durell, Author
Owner of HoleyButtons.com and a founding member of the Hernando County Button Collectors Group in Florida.