Buttons - Part Two
OK!! More buttons
For collectors who wish to begin a collection, there are
lots of buttons to be had. Frequently,
old metal tins (probably used for sewing boxes) chock full of buttons can be
found in thrift shops, at flea markets or yard sales. The majority of the contents are ordinary buttons that have been
snipped from clothing prior to being discarded. This is not a huge investment, however, and worth a
purchase. Many times there are unique
examples or, most likely, just cute buttons to add to a craft project.
Many time you can find buttons still attached to their display cards. Keep these cards, as they offer valuable information about the manufacturer. Obviously these buttons were, at some time, sewn on this card, which is labeled "Styled Dress Buckle"
When I travel I usually look for handcrafted buttons in
fabric shops or shops selling trims and passementeries. Easy to pack and
lightweight, they are useful souvenirs, I do not need any more tee shirts!!
These handcrafted buttons are made of ceramic, clay and inlaid metal
The Island Craft LTD. buttons on the lower left are made of coconut and are from the Cook Islands.Coconut shell buttons are sometimes found in fanciful shapes and were made strictly for the tourist trade in tropical locations. Similar-looking buttons are now mostly made from plastic or wood.
As your collection grows, and it will, believe me, there are
many references available on button identification as well as groups of
collectors willing to share button news.
Button Button Identification and Price Guide, Peggy Ann Osborne,Schiffer Publishing LTD, PA, 1993
For those who wish to use decorative buttons in textile arts
or to adorn a hand-knit sweater, modern buttons in every size, shape, color and
material are available.
Holiday themed ceramic buttons from A Homespun Heart, Iowa City, Iowa and The Button collection, Mill Hill, Janesville, WI
These embroidered, velvet covered buttons were made in Eastern Europe in the 1980's
For needle art enthusiasts you can make your own
fabric-covered, embroidered or crochet buttons
50 Heirloom Buttons to Make, Nancy Nehring, Tauton Press Inc. Newtown CT. 1996
I made the turquoise button in the center. The other buttons are vintage.
Two bits of trivia!
Not all buttons have two holes! One-holed buttons are called "whistles". These are wooden.
Did you know that there is a button phobia? Called
Koumpounophobia, it is the irrational
and persistent fear of buttons ( single buttons or those on
clothing). The word is derived from
Latin “Koumpouno” which means buttons ( or probably some type of disc fasteners
or embellishments) and Greek “phobos” which, of course, means fear. A related condition is Trypophobia, which is
the fear of round or circular objects or the fear of holes. According to the internet, nearly 1 in
75,000 people are known to experience Koumpounophobia and tend to avoid
clothing with buttons.