In person Nancy is energetic, very knowledgeable about buttons, and an experienced teacher. She has the sort of technical, visual and mechanical mind that would have made her a great engineer, if she hadn't discovered a better calling.
I also want to put in a plug for workshops in general. I'm pretty good at figuring things out, but getting a chance to sit down with someone who has already spent hours figuring this stuff out is invaluable. I got tips that took me from just fiddling to making buttons in no time. I also just love the overflow of creative energy at a workshop: give fifteen people the same instructions, and you get fifteen different results. I just love that.
Anyway, here are the buttons I made:
|My sample buttons.|
|Two "wrapped braid buttons", called "Soutache Checkerboards"|
in the book.
|Two more "wrapped braid buttons", the "Evening Star"|
on the left, and the "Morning Star" on the right. These are
made from hemp cord. Other folks in the class used a finer,
smoother cord, which made for a more refined button,
in my opinion.
|The "Singleton" button (named after the Singleton family,|
who at one point had a monopoly on this style of button).
It's fabric wrapped around a ring. I added a little bit of
chainstitch embroidery to it, for visual interest.
|Two "Victorian Needle Lace" buttons, "Victorian Flag"|
on the left, and "Victorian Star" on the right. These are
silk beading cord over silk charmeuse.
|Here are the backs of the buttons. The four on the right have|
wrapped shanks, mostly because it helps keep the cord in place.
I didn't bother to put shanks on the three on the right, and
according the Nancy, period buttons rarely had shanks.
|My sample board.|
Kinda tells you what I was working on
at one point.