Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Day 365 : Gorl


Day 365 : Gorl - One Button a Day 2020 by Gina Barrett

Day 365 : Gorl

Today's button has a name that reflects the technique used. German button makers call this "Gorl" and it seems to have no translation. They are currently very popular in one of the German button making groups I am in, and there have been some wonderful examples. 

The technique involves creating a gimp thread 'on the fly', in other words, as the pattern is worked. There are a few different ways to do this, and I actually think it depends more on the design which method is used, rather then there being a right or wrong way, if that makes sense. It is a technique illustrated in Diderot (the button designs, not the actual process), but it is so very time consuming that I don't think many survive - perhaps because there weren't that many made! I have seen goldwork ones on museum pieces, and I have just received a really special button for Christmas that I am fairly certain uses this technique (I need more study time!) but they aren't really seen too often.

I created a couple in my 2016 challenge, but this is probably the finest thread I've used to date. I'll add a link to the others below.

Well, we are about to go into Tier 4 lockdown for our area, and the clutch failed in the car today. One of those days! 

Day 52 -2016 / Day 60 - 2016


  1. Go, go Gori! This is superb! And I can see clearly why this button isn't two a penny! It would be a great deal of fun and a real challenge to try to make one - could you point me at a recipe? If not, it is all right.
    Boo clutch! Yah friends with truck! I really hate it when Vehicle decides to do something dumb in traffic - and sometimes quite terrifying! Glad all three of you got home safely. A visit with friends, and auto adventure and some advance on the paperwork sounds like an exhausting but productive day -just not the way you'd planned ;).
    Looking at the pictures from 2016 I can see how intricate and intrigueing these are. Thanks very much.
    Food prep time! And the coffee is brewed so it must be time to say so long - hugs to all, stay warm and dry, and safe! Charlotte xxx

    1. Thank you Charlotte! Do you have the book Posenmentenknopfe ? It is the only one with one of the techniques explained that I know of. It's a German book but pretty easy to follow if you know a bit about button making.
      I hope that your coffee was lovely. I'm already on some chocolate liquer. It was one of those days again! xxx Happy new year to you both, stay safe xx