Buttons, beads, and a crocheted throw

Sep 12, 2010

I have a magpie-like attraction to shiny things. And I just love buttons. So when I happened upon a cookie tin full of buttons at an estate sale in Loveland, Colorado--well, let's just say the price was right.

I'm actually giving the tin of buttons away to a friend here in Colorado, which will probably make the airport-security people happier. But before it goes away, I wanted to share a few things with you.

The button box includes many little "Extra button" packets, the kind that come when you buy a new garment so you will have replacement buttons on hand if one pops off. Some have tags attached, some with the price still on it. One tag, from Surya Inc (there's an umlaut over the a) in San Diego, Calif., shows that the garment was hand-dyed silk with hand-sewn buttons. It cost $225 for the set -- a jacket and skirt, maybe? An Oleg Cassini silk blouse cost $110. An Anjumun jacket, from Anju Imports in Los Angeles Califorinia cost $375 and has a bag full of beads, sequins and rhinestones of all colors and shapes.

These tags make me want to know the woman who owned these garments. I think she would be an excellent companion for tea. She could talk about where she wore the beaded jacket, who she met while wearing it. She could tell me whether she bought the garments in California or maybe in a Denver boutique or somewhere else altogether. This is a woman who likes to shine in a room, and I am sure the stories attached to these garments would shine as well.

In addition to the little envelopes, the box holds leather buttons with leather shanks, satin buttons, silk buttons, frog closures, pompoms and more. But of all the treasures this is my favorite:

It's a plastic bag with a few beads and sequins, and a "Care Card" for a pair of Caparros shoes. The image here is small and blurry, so I'll give you the words:

Caparros says: These wonderful beaded shoes have been handstitched by artisan shoe makers, they are delicate, and should not be worn to play baseball, football or hockey, or other strenuous activities. If a bead or sequin does fall off, we have provided replacements which may be stitched to the shoe. These shoes were designed to wear in the daytime, to go to the supermarket, watch soap operas, and/or baby walking. They are glamorous and comfortable and will bring you happiness and delight on each wearing.

If those shoes were in the estate sale, they were gone before I got there. Which is too bad, because I could use some soap-opera-watching shoes.

It could be that those shoes were perfect for crocheting as well, because I also rescued this crocheted throw:

Somebody crocheted this vibrant, deep-vee ripple throw, and I hated to leave it behind when it could have a new home right across the street from where it used to live.

I'd love to hear your button-box  and crochet-rescue stories.



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Baronsaemdi wrote
on Sep 14, 2010 5:50 AM

Good Work

Betty BJ wrote
on Sep 16, 2010 11:39 AM

I`ve loved buttons since I was a very young girl, watching my Grandmother carefully remove buttons from a garment that could no longer be patched for wear, and was about to become rags or pocket lining.  She removed the buttons and placed them in an old cigar box that was almost full - all those beautiful buttons.

Of course, she recycled those buttons in that cigar box, but for me it was more about the beautiful combination of colors and sizes.

I collect buttons (surprise) and it all started with inheriting that cigar box button collection.  

It`s been interesting to see more and more people using buttons as embellishments on crocheted/knitted/felted objects - interesting to see it lately, as I`ve used beautiful (and quirky) buttons as embellishments (and in some jewelry) for years.

Thank you for sharing this button find story.

on Oct 7, 2011 1:51 AM

Thank you for sharing this button find story. Your creations are beautiful.

Roberto from www.topdressestoweartoawedding.com and www.straplessdressesguide.com