Sunday, May 17, 2020

Day 138 : Charles

One Button a Day 2020 by Gina Barrett - Day 138 : Charles

Day 138 : Charles

Today's button is my attempt at a reproduction of a button that is on a suit that is in the V&A. It dates from the 1680s, and there are at least five different buttons on this suit. Some are possible replacements, but they are in different places for different functions, so may all be original. The original used an even finer gimp thread (I've used our .5mm gimp) and in actual fact the original also had the mould covered first (for this, a No 24 mould), but the pattern is the same. And because so much of that pattern is at the side, a bit of a pain to photograph artistically.  I'm chuffed with it, and it is much simpler than it looks. Another for the forthcoming book! 

Size : 10mm / 3⁄8" / 16L


  1. I am loving the historical buttons and really looking forward to the new book - it's going to be a stunner! And it is very inspiring to see the variety of construction methods induced by wonky thumbs and nasty viruses - keep it up!! Best to all, Charlotte in California