March 16, 2009

yay button month!

i had been excited about susan beal‘s new book, button it up, since she was writing it, and now it’s out and my review over on the threadbanger blog just went up!  to celebrate the buttony goodness of the book, craftstylish has been having button month all march!  so many fun projects!  i was already totally addicted to vintage button collecting, and now that i’m going through my stash at lightning speed with my projects, i’m feeling obsessive about shopping for more!  i need to happen upon a jar full of em at a thrift store or garage sale, that would be freakin awesome!

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so, my first project for the month was a free knitting pattern for this buttony chevron cuff! combining two loves (knitting and vintage buttons) is the best! the pattern is written to work for any needles/yarn and you can choose your cuff width. (ravelry link)

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next was one of my most ambitious projects – the gridded button portrait:

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can you tell who it’s a portrait of when it’s far away (in the photo below)?

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if you can’t tell, you’ll see over in the tutorial. as i explained on craftstylish, i was really into chuck close in college and i did a couple different self portraits inspired by his style (this one with markers and this painting). i was excited to try this gridded concept with buttons, and i think it worked out fantastically! someday if i happened upon a massive stash of vintage buttons, i might do a bigger one, like a whole door or something!

vintage fabric+button wall art

and then last week’s post was how to make wall art with vintage fabric and buttons. i love showing off bits of cool fabric as wall art, and i think adding some vintage buttons to the mix turns it into something special!  the green one is my personal favorite:

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but i like them all! now i want to make a bunch more and fill up the whole wall!!

vintage fabric+button wall art vintage fabric+button wall art

so you should totally check out all the button projects over there, but a few of my favorites are susan’s shrink art buttons, linda’s woven button coaster, erika’s beautiful button pillow, and diane’s singleton buttons.  i still have 3 more button projects coming up, and i’m sure everyone else will have more great ones, so keep checking back!

button it up!

and now for some buttontastic eye candy from susan’s book! here are a couple of my favorite projects:

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and you know how i love cuffs!

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(check out my threadbanger review for a few more pictures)

Filed under: books,craftstylish,general crafts,home stuff,knitting,lots of links,threadbanger,tutorials — leethal @ 11:54 pm
  • http://journeyseeds.typepad.com/ linda

    I love these cuffs…and the buttons really show them off!

  • http://journeyseeds.typepad.com linda

    I love these cuffs…and the buttons really show them off!

  • http://dollarstorecrafts.com/ Heather – DollarStoreCrafts.co

    I have a massive stash of vintage buttons from a factory… a lot of different colors, a lot of buttons in each color/size. If you come up with a project, I’ll donate the buttons.

  • http://dollarstorecrafts.com Heather – DollarStoreCrafts.com

    I have a massive stash of vintage buttons from a factory… a lot of different colors, a lot of buttons in each color/size. If you come up with a project, I’ll donate the buttons.

  • http://morvagon.blogspot.com/ mor vagon

    Buttons… Knitting… Beautiful works.

  • http://morvagon.blogspot.com mor vagon

    Buttons… Knitting… Beautiful works.

  • http://www.buttoncandy.org/ jo

    Hi there
    im so excited i found this amazing site it has me smiling fom ear to ear.
    i was quite interested to see how you did your button portrait. i have done one myself – a picture of my mothers face look here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/buttoncandy/3398297743/
    i have just started my blog and you can only guess what it is going to be about, just buttons for sure.
    Thank you some really awesome posts i am subscribing right away.

  • http://www.buttoncandy.org/ jo

    Hi there
    im so excited i found this amazing site it has me smiling fom ear to ear.
    i was quite interested to see how you did your button portrait. i have done one myself – a picture of my mothers face look here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/buttoncandy/3398297743/
    i have just started my blog and you can only guess what it is going to be about, just buttons for sure.
    Thank you some really awesome posts i am subscribing right away.

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