Over the years I have made a fair few thread and cloth reproduction buttons, including buttons for ‘The Musketeers’ and ‘Doctor Who’, both on BBC1.
They add that truly authentic element to historical reproduction clothing. These buttons are entirely hand-threaded with a needle. Do feel free to email me should you wish to place an order, and then I will send you a Paypal invoice. Buttons will be shipped after 1-3 weeks, depending on the amount ordered and how busy I am at the time. Please feel free to contact me to discuss your needs. My postage prices are very reasonable, and I ship worldwide.
Dorset ‘Crosswheel’ Buttons
At the height of ‘Dorset buttony’ there were over 100 different designs being hand stitched in the south of England. This cottage industry spanned around 2oo years; from the 1620s to the 1840s. There were various designs of Dorset buttons, but the ‘Crosswheel’ design is probably the most well known.
10/12/15mm- £30 for 6
16/18mm-£22 for 6
(The smaller sizes (10/12/15), are made with hand soldered wire rings, so are more expensive to produce than the larger (16/18) sizes, which are threaded over ready made brass hollow rings.)
I leave the thread on at the back so that they can be sewn to your garment easily.
I use silk, cotton, or linen thread, and I can make these in most colours.
Dorset ‘Singleton’ Buttons
My Singleton buttons are made with cotton fabric over a metal ring, and are lightly padded with English wool tops. There are back stitches around the edge of the button, and then there is a choice of either a star shape design (created in the centre with chain stitches), or 3 French knots in the middle.
These buttons were used on the following items during the 1790s to 1830s (Regency/Early Romantic periods):- Christening robes and children’s clothing Gowns and Dresses Habit Shirts/chemisettes from early 1800s to 1830s Detachable Cuffs
I can make these in other fabrics/colours. They have no shank at the back, so are sewn on through the top centre of the button. I will leave a thread still attached, so that they can be easily sewn on to your garments.
10mm- £24 for 6.
Dorset ‘Bird’s Eye’ Buttons
These buttons were made for men’s shirts, nightclothes, underthings, children’s clothing and household linens. I make these in white linen thread, in 2 sizes- 10mm and 15mm. I will sew a shank onto the back of the button, and there will also be a thread attached, for you to sew them easily onto your clothing or household linen.
10MM – £30 FOR 6 15mm – £33 for 6
Dorset ‘Blandford Cartwheel’ or ‘Old Dorset’ Buttons
This button is for the discerning reenactor or costumier, who wants their clothing to be as historically accurate as possible. They take a lot of time to make; it is quite delicate work, with the tiny back stitches catching every thread. You can find machine versions of this button, but these are all hand stitched. There can be some confusion as to the nomenclature or naming of these buttons. They are known as ‘Blandford Cartwheels’, ‘Cartwheels’, or simply ‘Old Dorsets’.
I have seen this style of button on the following items from the Regency period; Christening robes, Nightgowns, Chemisettes and Cuffs, Petticoats, Lady’s Bust Bodice (under garment), Men’s Shirts, Men’s waistcoats (1730s), Woman’s Wrapper/Peignoir. There is a pair of stays from 1798 in the Colchester and Ipswich Museum UK, with 3 of these Dorset buttons down the front.
The buttons will be sent to you with a thread still attached to the button, so that they can be easily sewn on to your garments. They have no shank at the back, so are sewn on over the top centre of the button.
10/12mm- £22 for 3
Edwardian Thread Buttons
I’m not aware of the name of these thread buttons, but have seen them on sleeves of the Edwardian period, on women’s clothing. The bottom left image shows a pair of lace Edwardian sleeves with 3 of these buttons on each side. I have also seen them on cuffs on an Edwardian black mourning gown.
I leave a thread on at the back so that they can be sewn to your garment easily.
They can be made in the following sizes:-
10/12/15mm -£25 for 6
16/18mm-£19 for 6
(The smaller sizes (10/12/15), are made with hand, soldered wire rings, so are more expensive to produce than the 16/18 sizes, which are threaded over ready made brass hollow rings.)
These can be made in either cotton or linen thread, in various colours.
Black Singleton Dorset buttons, black linen thread ‘Honeycomb’ Crosswheel Dorset buttons, white linen thread ‘Yarrell’ Dorset buttons, and simple covered buttons.