How To Create Dorset Buttons

Learn the history of dorset buttons and create your own with this web seminar hosted by fiber artist Kate Larson.
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How to make Dorset Buttons
web seminar with Kate Larson

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For three hundred years, intricately patterned buttons were produced in Dorset, England. These small, soft buttons made by wrapping linen thread around a wire ring were common during Jane Austen's day. With the invention of machine-made buttons in the mid-nineteenth century, the Dorset button industry all but disappeared.

Join Kate Larson as she shares some of the history of Dorset buttons and guides you through making several button styles. Kate will show you how to make Blandford Cartwheels and introduce you to several easy variations to get your creativity flowing. Learn to use both traditional materials and modern knitting yarns to make beautiful buttons for your next project.

With this web seminar, you will:

  • Learn the history of Dorset buttons and the button makes in England
  • Create a Blandford Cartwheel button
  • Explore several other button patterns that are still made in Dorset today
  • Discover how to incorporate additional colors, textures, and beads into your buttons
  • Learn how to select and adapt knitting yarns to make stunning, modern buttons
  • And more.

Plus! Included in this webinar is a demonstration of how to incorporate and add dorset buttons to a finished piece. Kate will show how this is done using the knitted Gold Hill Cowl, a free knitting pattern that comes with this webinar.

Crafters who should attend this web seminar include:

  • Knitters, crocheters, weavers and other crafters looking to create unique buttons.
  • Anyone who has created basic Dorset buttons and is looking for new ideas.
  • Fiber artists who enjoy learning about historical textiles.
  • Fiber artists interested in creating historical costumes.
  • Knitters, crocheters, and seamstresses who have created a beautiful garment and can never seem to find the right buttons.
  • Any crafter that would love to put small bits of yarn to good use.

More about Kate Larson:

Kate Larson loves using fiber arts as a bridge between her passions for art and agriculture. Her fiber journey has led her to a degree in Environmental Soil Chemistry, travels through northern Europe in search of textile traditions, and back to the farm where her family has lived for six generations. She keeps an ever-growing flock of Border Leicester sheep and teaches handspinning and knitting regularly in central Indiana and around the country. Kate has published articles and designs in Spin-Off Magazine, Jane Austen Knits, and has contributed to several knitting books. She manages the Spinner’s Connection blog at Find her at

Additional Info
Additional Info
SKU EP9463
Product Type Video Download
Author/Designer Kate Larson
Technique Buttons
Customer Reviews (3)
Very interesting!
I wasn't sure what to expect when I purchased this, but I really enjoyed it. It had a lot of interesting information about the history of Dorset buttons and tips on how to make them, what supplies to use (and where to find them), and other resources for learning more. Kate Larson definitely knows a lot about these buttons, and she offered some cool tips and ideas that I wouldn't have gotten if I'd just looked at a book or something. I also have to say that I appreciated her knowledge of English history and culture! Since watching her video, I've tried making a few Dorset buttons, and they don't look as pretty as hers yet, but I'm getting the hang of it. I'm looking forward to practicing more! Review by AddyR (Posted on 1/22/2018)
Lovely webinar!
I sit through a lot of webinars at work but this one was special! I watched the webinar live and it was so neat to be part of it. Loved that we could ask questions of Kate at the end. Really enjoyed the clear direction, the rich and engaging history and smooth delivery. Glad to see interweave is offering more online for those of us that like learning that way. I'm on Interweave to order Kate's new book and it made me remember how much I enjoyed the Dorset buttons. Can't wait for my book to arrive and can't wait to see what Kate does next! Review by A.C. (Posted on 10/6/2015)
Slideshow with a voice speaking in the background
For me it was a total waste of money. I expected something like a life demonstration of the technique, not a slide-show, as a book or a magazine article it would be worth 4-5 stars.

Apart from the history - which isn't in printed form on the slide shown at that time, you can read the information yourself on the picture. There is quit enough time for that.

It is all in one film/video, it would have been nicer if you could jump to the part that interests you. I bought (subscribed to) a lot of online classes/seminars and there it is possible to see the lecture/part you're interested in separately or for the 5th time in a row until you get it.

I already reviewed once, as the review isn't positive it wasn't posted, so I am once again the first to review the webinar.

If you could give those who bought the webinar the slides (think PowerPoint-presentation) as a pdf-file to download I wouldn't feel so disappointed.

No wonder there was no short advertisement video for the webinar, I wouldn't have bought it had I been able to see beforehand what a webinar is...
Review by skrya (Posted on 8/8/2014)
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