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50 Heirloom Buttons to Make Paperback – January, 1996

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Buttons can add a most distinctive touch to a garment. And whether you sew or not, here are a host of beautiful buttons that you can easily learn to make, no matter what your experience or skill level. Featured in this beautifully photographed book are dozens of buttons, many inspired by vintage and antique designs. You'll find techniques for delicate needle-lace buttons, elegant frog closures, victorian crocheted buttons, braid buttons, and fabric and ribbon buttons.

About the Author

Nehring is a teacher.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: The Taunton Press (January 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1561581461
  • ISBN-13: 978-1561581467
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.3 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #313,496 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on October 21, 1999
Format: Paperback
...of best needlework books. Nehring's careful scholarship has produced a thoughtful, clear guide to recreating textile buttons that might have been lost to this Generation of Glueguns and Three-minute crafts. Her instructions are clear and concise, the samples are well-made and appealing, and Tullis's photography is sharp and detailed. She lists suppliers in the back and techniques in the table of contents. Although some require experience in crochet, most buttons are readily accessible to the needlework beginner. My only regret is that it doesn't seem available in hardback, because I've worn out my copy through completing many of the projects. It would have been helpful had the backs of the buttons (besides the two or three shown) been shown for finishing techniques. I wish that extant buttons from earlier eras had been depicted besides the one meagre split photo on pp. i and 1.
This book inspires me every time I open it; I love it.
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I've seen this book at the library and wanted a copy for myself. When I saw the Kindle version, I decided to purchase it. I regret doing so. No where in the description for the Kindle edition did it say that all of the photos were in black and white. Since I've seen the actual book, I know that the pictures were in color and good quality. All of the pictures in the Kindle version are black and white and have poor contrast. If you count on having good pictures to do needlework, don't buy the Kindle version of this book - buy the print version.
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My only book related wish is for more photographic representation of steps. I truly wish that I could review the book content itself and the Kindle version separately.

The Kindle version is shown as having colour images. It does NOT. The set-up is a little cumbersome, but that is based on the ability to change type size. You can have one OR the other, but not both. I'd rather have changeable type and uncomfortable layout personally. However, the badly contrasted and black and white images when beautiful colour photos are represented as the product are inexcusable!! Frankly, it's dishonest!

Also, when I attempt to access the Table of Contents to locate specific portions of the book (Frog Closures), my copy hangs up, freezes and sends me back to my Kindle home screen. How useful is a resource book without a TOC? Not very. If I must either A) Memorize the TOC; B) PRINT a copy of the TOC for a strictly E-Book; or C) scroll through 700+ pages of material to locate a single design.... Well, imagine THAT frustration. I purchased this book to use. Returning it is simply not an option for me.. Nor is purchasing a one hundred dollar pre-owned copy.

Poor form, Amazon! Poor form indeed!
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By A Customer on October 7, 1998
Format: Paperback
i do a lot of crochet work. this wonderful book covers every kind of button you can imagine. it has opened my eyes to several new techiques. needle lace weaving for one. if you knit crochet or sew and like to give your garments a little extra, this book will give you lots of new ideas.
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My dream is that one day i will have enough free time to try all sorts of crafts. For that purpose, i hoard crafts books, including this one.

I haven't made any of the buttons in this book, but i have read over the instructions of the majority. Honestly, i think i can make at least the easy and the moderate projects. Nancy Nehring's explanations are very clear, and easy to follow. Still, though, i would have liked more diagrams in a step-by-step way (at least for the basic styles).

The photographs are gorgeous, and they certainly do justice to the many beautiful styles of buttons depicted.
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The Kindle version this book is seriously substandard compared with the print version. Yes, the Kindle version is in black and white, but what appalls me is how badly the photographs turned out. They are extremely dark and in some cases you can't even see what the image is beyond the black blob on the screen. The print version is terrific! Thank goodness I own a print version. I was excited about having a version on my Kindle for when I travel, but I have serious reservations about recommending the Kindle version. If there's going to be a Kindle version, do it in color!
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This is a wonderful book for a historic costumer. Especially if antique buttons are out of your means and modern buttons are not period enough. Whether you are doing a garment from hundreds of years ago, to more recent Victorian and Edwardian, there will be something for you in this book. The buttons included are timeless styles. Attractively and concisely portrayed, the author separates them into appropriate skill levels. There are instructions on many needle made buttons, including tenerife lace types. There are even instructions on making frogs (common cape closures made from cording). The photos are large and in color. The instructions are clear and easy to follow. A super book!
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There are buttons for everyone in this book whether you rate high in precision crafts, or low in patience. The directions and illustrations are great and the buttons turn out beautiful. Nancy Nehring includes a breif history about many of the buttons and when and where they were popular. A wonderful resource for the historical re-enactor and historic demonstrations. And great to use when you are re-enacting, and lose a button.
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