For your own closure creations: wrap, weave, crotchet or otherwise apply contrasting or embroidered fabric to these durable hardwood circular molds. #114 is softly domed to 3/16" high with rounded edges and a 1/16" center hole. #113 is round with a 1/8" hole, for 16th/17th century or Victorian periods. Each has a hole through the center for securing thread work or fabric with small stitches. Or a small nail may be run through the mold and looped into a shank underneath. For fabric buttons, we suggest covering them first with muslin to prevent your good material from wearing at the edges of the mold. Once this is done, a thread shank may be made with the stitches attaching it to your fabric. 5/8" size is discontinued.
#114-875, 7/8" wide diameter, domed
#114-75, 3/4" wide diameter, domed
OR three for $1.00
Thread Button Instructions
We have found that historically, there were far more thread woven buttons used on clothing by both commoners and the well-to-do, than what is represented in the reenactment and interpretive community. Only the thread fibers differed (linen and silk, respectively, as an example). So we decided to make it easier for you to create your own unique set. Our folder gives you a brief history of the Leek button, and guides you easily through the steps to making two types of them: Death's Head and Basket Weave. It takes some patience, but it is well worth the satisfaction of creating your own thread buttons (or coercing a friend into making them for you).
#TBIN, Leek Thread Button Instructions
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