Thursday, June 23, 2011

Studio Collection - Buttons

Over the years I have accumulated a lot of buttons.

Some were purchased for garments that were never made.


Some were purchased just because I fell in love with them and thought I could possibly used them someday.


Some were antique buttons I found at flea markets, antique shops or our guilds annual sale for things we no longer wanted.


I used to do a lot more clothing sewing so used a lot of buttons.


I came up with this system to sort and store buttons so that I could find what I wanted easily, or just look in the drawers and get a color fix!


These are plastic boxes I buy in the fishing section very inexpensively. I remove the tops and dispose of them. They fit neatly in the drawers of the large pharmacy cabinet in my studio.

If you notice there are colors of buttons I don't have, that is because I didn't show you all of them!

16 comments:

Judys Fiber Art said...

I saw a QA episode where an artist was dyeing her white buttons with Rit Dye. I have not tried it yet, but she was dyeing everything she used at the same time. That made everything blend.

Diana said...

Jewelery - from buttons and chains of buttons on quilts to hang them and decorate them.

Mary Beth Frezon said...

Magic the gathering counters. That's my plan at the moment.

Diane's Magnolia Threads said...

Wrist Cuff jewelry, Large Button button and bead necklaces, sew many embellishment designs :)

Anonymous said...

You showed us the boxes that are super neat and tidy, right?

Have to say as I was looking from pic to pic I kept asking myself what are those boxes....

Won't work for me, couple of reasons, I don't think I have three buttons that are the same......and there is NO way I could toss the lids...........

from Texas

Alison Schwabe said...

Thinking through why you began and continued collecting them might give you some clue was to what you might do with them - personally I don't care for jewellery made out of buttons etc or have them sewn all over things - I'd tip them all into a huge glass or clear plastic jar and run your fingers through them every now and then, very relaxing. Or give them all to a busy/keen keen seamstress. Put them out at a Trash'n'Treasure event ...

deanna7trees said...

i just recently did a button nine-patch to give stability to the bottom of a little basket. there's a picture on my blog.

sewinsiren said...

Buttons can be used to make a mosaic on a quilt (instead of tiles). I also dye them with rit dye in the microwave. Centers of
3-d fabric flowers is another option.

Ro the Quilter said...

You can bead with them. If you were doing an undersea scene for example, you can fasten the buttons down with beads.

Gina said...

Wow, what a wonderful button collection!

Wen Redmond said...

I love buttons! Nice organization- my next studio job!

Lynda Thompson said...

I just saw a clear ginger jar lamp that was filled with buttons, it was in a studio. I think that's a neat idea. You can also make necklaces with them. My sister stitched all types of buttons on a jacket and people kept stopping to ask her where she got the jacket.

Kay Koeper Sorensen said...

Thanks for mentioning the lamp Lynda. I also have a lot of bulok buttons I could make a great design with. Now if I could only remember where I saw that type of lamp recently! I have enough to do a really neat design.

Judy said...

I dye bamboo socks and I use a different color of button for each size. I sew the button at the top of each pair, which also keeps the pairs of socks together.

Judy
www.goldendogquilting.com
www.bbdyedfabric.com

Kay Koeper Sorensen said...

What a clever idea Judy.
I will have to remember that if I dye socks.
I enjoyed your blog too.

Kay Koeper Sorensen said...

I have just posted an entire blog post of puzzles that include all of the button photos or all you puzzle lovers.