Thread buttons

Finally back online.

Thank you Microsoft, update Tuesday (if that is what it was) did not go well for me. I experienced problems for two days until both laptop and PC said,” We are nVidia, and we refuse to play” – blue screen, black screen, some interesting geometric stuff and then “Your computer cannot start” -meh, something like that.

Sadly I know what to do, and since I can’t afford a fixit person I am it. Both PC and Laptop now running fine, but my hair is white and thin, and haven’t made a Thymewarp in 3 days. Sorry.

I did use my time productively, whilst “loading” and “installing” and several times over their inverse operations I made Tudor Thread Buttons and documented it.DSC_9655

Come along with me if you are interested in taking a perfectly good length of quality tapestry wool and tying it into a small fiddly ball…

You need :

Beads about 10mm diameter,  wooden is good, little bunches of stuffed linen or wool cloth even better, but we won’t run before we can walk shall we.

Four ply tapestry wool, check out your charity shop, often great tapestry wool is in the unfinished crafts bins, but for simply learning; acrylic from the gold coin emporium will do. Please just think about child labour before you buy anything asian.

A Darning needle, blunt tip not too fat, not too long.

Hold the end of your yarn against your nose with your off hand (generally left). Pull out a length with your ‘on hand’, cut it at the length of the base of your fingers. i.e no longer than you can comfortably pull through in one pull. Cut as many lengths as you need buttons. Better still calculate this before you buy your yarn.

Thread your needle.DSC_9612

Pass it through the beadDSC_9613

Pull the yarn through until there is a bit more than a finger length from the beadDSC_9614

Pass the needle around and back through the beadDSC_9615Pull up the loopDSC_9616Tighten onto the bead, but not too tight, you need to be able to get the needle back under the loop later. Aim to have the loop sitting snugly against the bead, but not taught or pulled.DSC_9617

Now pass the need through the bead again in an anti-clockwise fashion (if you are right handed – lefties – you are on your own now)DSC_9622

Half WayDSC_9621gardening fingers, working fingers, not pretty – sorry. Now… keep threading through the bead until you have eight loops.DSC_9625

Now, begin to wrap:

From where the needle came out of the bead, pick up you first loop. Needle under being careful not to split your ply.

DSC_9626Pull through and wrap back aroundDSC_9628pull snug but not tightDSC_9629

Now pass the needle back around the same thread, making a wrap.DSC_9631Continue clockwise to the next thread…DSC_9630and the nextDSC_9633until you have wrapped all eightDSC_9637now go around again just below the first row… until you can’t fit any more rows in.DSC_9649Make sure you don’t split your yarn,DSC_9643 and give your needle a wee roll each turn so that the yarn doesn’t un-spin like thisDSC_9646 Keep going until the bead is totally enclosed.DSC_9650Now pass the thread up through the center of the bead and back down (I was concentrating on photos and not the work – so I ended up short. These are the threads you need to sew the buttons on so allow at least three needle lengths, not this stumpy situation.

Eventually you will have a row of wrapped buttons:DSC_9611 Refer to Janet ArnoldDSC_9656if you get lost.

This entry was published on January 12, 2015 at 9:25 pm. It’s filed under beads, buttons, Sewing, Tudor, Wrapped buttons, yarn and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

6 thoughts on “Thread buttons

  1. It’s years since I did those, but I found wooden beads problematic because it was difficult to find ones with big enough holes. Who’s the doublet for?

  2. ps: the beads were from Gold Coin shop. The hole takes three double passes before they get troublesome….want some?

  3. This post inspired me to make my own buttons for a doublet I’m making, though they’re fabric, not wrapped beads. Thank you for putting up this inspiration and others for the world to see.

    • I love making them. I will do another post in the winter when I am more indoors.
      They are a BIG job you need to set small goals to get through them, like I will make ONE button today, at one button a day it will take a month, that gives me ten button free days.

      • I can see that, though I made some last weekend. What started as “I’ll just make 11, like the pattern needs” went to “I have to make 27 so that the front looks like there is a deliberate line of buttons and not that I’ve forgotten to make enough as I’ve been pushed for time”. I’m sewing them onto the costume tonight so it’s wearable for an event over the weekend.

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