How to Make Dorset Buttons

About How to Make Dorset Buttons

Learn to make colorful, whimsical buttons–for jewelry, surface decoration or fasteners for your handmade garments–using only curtain rings, a tapestry needle, yarn, and perhaps beads. Based on 19th-century patterns from Dorset, England, these buttons are easy to create and customize to match your own fiber creations. To make your own buttons for a current weaving, felting, or knitting project, bring along your project and yarns. No prior experience needed.

This class is limited to 50 students.

Class Materials Needed

• Your own yarn for buttons (optional)
• Cotton yarn: 5/2, 8/2 or 10/2 grist
• Sock yarn or fingering-weight wool yarn
• Beads (optional)
• Embroidery scissors (definitely)


Gather your materials and make a circular template to practice winding the spokes of the wagon wheel, as follows:
• Cut a round disk out of firm cardboard, approx. 3” or more in diameter
• Using a pen, mark the hours and half hours at 12:00, 1:30, 3:00, 4:30, 6:00, 7:30, 9:00, & 10:30
• Clip the disk (about ¼” deep) at each point where you’ve marked the time

Age Range

Teens and Adults

Skill Level

All Levels

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Single 3-hour session on Saturday, July 8, at 2 pm ET | 11 am PT | 18:00 UTC.

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Enrolled students receive 30-day access to the video recording of the class.

2:00 PM - 5:00 PM EDT
How to Make Dorset Buttons
Denise Kovnat

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Denise Kovnat

Denise Kovnat

A weaver since 1998, Denise Kovnat has taught virtually and at conferences and guilds across the United States, Canada, and Australia. She focuses on parallel threadings, collapse techniques, painted warps, and deflected doubleweave. In 2022, she published a book on collapse techniques, Weaving Outside the Box: 12 Projects for Creating Dimensional Cloth.

MAFA - The MidAtlantic Fiber Association

MAFA - The MidAtlantic Fiber Association

The MidAtlantic Fiber Association (MAFA) represents and supports a community of fiber arts guilds in the greater Mid-Atlantic region.

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