We recently had several of these pieces commissioned by a lovely gal across the country.
She asked for “obnoxious” colors and yet still fun and nice looking. Yowza, I think we hit the spot. And just in time for National Button Day, November 16th of each year.
In honor we have also created a Pinterest board allllll about buttons! Let us know what images are most striking to you: what project have you used buttons on? Add and share yours:
A Bit About Button Types (via Wiki):
- Shank buttons have a hollow protrusion on the back through which thread is sewn to attach the button.Button shanks may be made from a separate piece of the same or a different substance as the button itself, and added to the back of the button, or be carved or moulded directly onto the back of the button, in which latter case the button is referred to by collectors as having a ‘self-shank’.
- Flat or sew-through buttons have holes through which thread is sewn to attach the button. Flat buttons may be attached by sewing machine rather than by hand, and may be used with heavy fabrics by working a thread shank to extend the height of the button above the fabric.
- Stud buttons (also pressure buttons, press stud buttons or snaps fastener) are metal (usually brass) round discs pinched through the fabric. They are often found on clothing, in particular on denim pieces such as pants and jackets. They are more securely fastened to the material. As they rely on a metal rivet attached securely to the fabric, stud buttons are difficult to remove without compromising the fabric’s integrity. They are made of two couple: the male stud couple and the female stud couple. Each couple has one front (or top) and rear (or bottom) side (the fabric goes in the middle).
Random Button Facts (via ButtonCountry):
- The word button is from the French word bouton, meaning bud or knob – buttons, as ornaments, date back several thousand years.
- Until the introduction of the “button hole”, buttons were generally ornamental. Some believe the crusaders introduced the button hole to Europe from the middle east.
- Until the 19th century, most buttons were used for men’s clothing. Hooks and lacing were the norm for women’s clothes. After the mid 1800s, women became the primary consumers.
- In earlier times, buttons provided social commentary on the era and often defined social status and wealth. The French King, Francis I (1515 to 1547), is reported to have had thousands of gold buttons on a single coat.