Today, I wanted to share with you a small peek at my button stash... During one of my late night tea drinking sessions with natalie we were talking about mini projects using 100g or so of hand spun yarn and I started developing an idea that I have had for some time. While I was away in Italy I finished the knitting but there was one ingredient missing - buttons.
I had great fun sorting through my button stash and came up with the following shortlist...
As you can see the yarn is a hand painted merino silk mix spun into a heavy DK bordering on aran weight in a mix of deep pinks, greens and browns.
The first button I auditioned was a square paua shell with a wonderful, deep iridescent quality which complements the sheen of the yarn.
Next comes a vintage art deco Bakelite button which puts me in mind of the front of an old radiogram in the colour of a freshly fallen conker.
I was amazed at how many buttons I had which have colourings completely suited to this colour combination. This wooden button reflects back the greens and pinks of the yarn but this time the colours are much more matte.
Being a good green, alongside the reused vintage buttons come buttons recycled from old glass bottles. I love the irregularity of this button and the way that it reflects the shade of the green in the yarn but allows much more light through.
Back to vintage Bakelite again, this time combined with mother of pearl to create a really spectacular effect.
As you can see, I was really spoilt for choice and don't like to reflect on how many garments I would have to complete to use up my button collection but I look on it as an heirloom. I had hours of fun and entertainment as a child, sorting through this collection which originally belonged to my grandmother and has been enhanced by my mum and now by me. The children in my family find it equally irresistible.
Can you guess which buttons I finally chose? I'll show you the finished article very soon.