This is a fun project if you want to embellish a bag or a piece of clothing or if you just have a lot of extra buttons lying around. You can make something beautiful very quickly and easily. And there is something so relaxing about sitting down and embroidering for a hot minute.
Start by picking out a group of buttons you'd like to work with. They can be similar in color, shape, whatever you want. Then choose an embroidery thread color. I used 2 colors, brown and a contrasting mustard color. Thread your embroidery needle and pull through fabric from the back like so:
Pull through one button hole and then hop over to the next button.
Continue until you have all your buttons in the approximate place you want them. This will not secure the buttons permanently, it will ust hold them down lightly so you can then go over with your embroidery.
To embroider in the spiderweb pattern that I have, pull your thread through the back of the fabric through one hole and then around to the side of the button and back through the fabric. Keep looping it through the same hole until you like the way it looks (I did about three loops per hole.) Then continue to the next hole and repeat. When you've finished one button, continue this process until all the buttons are done. If you run out of thread or you would like to change colors, simply make a knot on the back of the fabric, cut the thread, and begin again with a new thread.
The back of your project should look like this:
When you're satisfied with the way your project looks, get up and admire it. It looks so good you might want to eat it, but you can't because it's buttons. Oh well. C'est la vie.
03 May 2007
your friend, annamatrona at 8:52 AM