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Button It Up: 80 Amazing Vintage Button Projects for Necklaces, Bracelets, Embellishments, Housewares, and More Paperback – March 3, 2009
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I'm the author of Sewing for all Seasons, Bead Simple, Button It Up, Modern Log Cabin Quilting, and World of Geekcraft. I'm also a contributing editor at Stitch Magazine and the historian for the Portland Modern Quilt Guild.
I co-wrote Super Crafty with the ladies of the Portland Super Crafty collective, and I've contributed how-to projects to Get Crafty: Hip Home Ec, Tease, Making Stuff, The Crafter Culture, Applique Your Way, and Vintage Craft Workshop.
In my spare time, I love to sew dresses from vintage patterns, embroider, make quilts, read, and drink coffee. And one of these days I swear I'm going to learn to crochet...
Top Customer Reviews
Love buttons, but aren't familiar with jewelry making techniques? No fear here-the introduction to Button it Up covers all the basic skills. Materials such as wire, chain, glues and findings are all discussed in a very straightforward manner, so you can feel very confident flipping to a project you want to try out and knowing that the resources you need to be successful in your project are right there in the book. As someone who hasn't messed around with jewelry making since I was a teenager, I'm very grateful that this instructional section is so thorough.
But it's not all jewelry-there's something fabulous for any maker who loves vintage buttons. There are chapters devoted to both "Housewares" and "Accessories, Embellishments and Gifts.Read more ›
I've admited before that I don't have much of a button collection. It's expanded a bit since the CRAFT Release Party back in June, when I ended up with the remains of the picked over buttons we'd provided for the craft project (Which, incidentally, was from Susan's previous book, Bead Simple) but I'm still a few rounds shy of a respectible collection.
That may need to change ... quickly. I've become enamoured with the projects in Button It Up enough that I'm starting to get the button itch in a big way.
Oooooh! So pretty!
Let's talk astehtics. Like Bead Simple, Button It Up is simply and beautifully designed. Pictures are gorgeous, illustrated instructions are easy to follow, and it's a book that's as much fun to flip through an ogle as it is to sit down and work from. If you're someone who's easy to swoon at the sight of colorful vintage button goodness, grab a paper towel 'cause you're going to be sent to drooling the minute you lay eyes on this book.
But what about the details?
Button It Up isn't just beautiful, it's incredibly informative as well. The introduction chapter is a "Vintage Button Primer" and gives a rich history of these fascinating fasteners. (sorry, couldn't resist) Here are a couple of my favorite quotes from this chapter:
"Buttons became tiny canvases to display exquisite art or artistry, tell a story, or reflect on an event or an exciting new trend in politics, literature, fashion or society."
(from the section on The First Golden Age)
"In the 1860s, young women in the United States collected buttons on a string... The superstition was that when a woman's string numbered 999 or 1,000 buttons, her true love would appear.Read more ›
The "Look Inside" feature will show the terrific design of the book, but unfortunately not much of the projects or the attention to detail (I'm thinking now of how the buttons for one bracelet are sewn together, then glued, with the stitching as a little extra accent). Susan's blog ([...]) lets you look at the project layout which will help you decide on if this book is for you. This book will make us all into button collectors!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The projects in this book are quite short of "Amazing". I would describe them as mostly simplistic and boring. Read morePublished 9 months ago by amazongrrl
My mom Love buttons and she love books on buttons and there not many out therePublished 14 months ago by Bryan Scamfer
I inherited a bunch of old buttons and am looking for a way to use them. Not sure yet that this book will provide the inspiration I'm looking for as nothing has jumped out and... Read morePublished 21 months ago by A. Miller
Very simple projects that I really would not give or care to have. Sewing buttons on oven mitts, towels, pillows, napkins etc etc. Read morePublished on December 16, 2013 by Gail S
Great instructions and pictures to help an one get started
using buttons in their crafts. I can only recommend
This button book outshines them all! Would encourage any button crafter to buy a copy for a go to reference.Published on June 15, 2013 by Linda Petersen