On dresses for more elaborate occasions the home-made button of stuff to match the dress, with thread-work in harmony or in contrasting colour, is always effective, while for evening wear, either on a dress or wrap, the large button of satin velvet or brocade, elaborately embellished with hand-work, is an actual necessity.
To find something that will cost very little money, take very little time to make, and yet give a cachet to a garment, is, of course, the great desideratum. If the accessory is also of a thoroughly useful nature, the ideal has been achieved. Fancy embroidered buttons fulfil all these conditions. These, in white, for blouses, children's clothes, linen suits, and so on. will always give a note of distinction and cost practically nothing.
A good design is a star worked from the centre. These can be done in either silk or linen, and are made on wooden button-moulds. First cover the mould with the material. Then put the needle up through the centre of the button, and put four stitches at right angles from each other over the edge of the button, returning the needle through the centre of the button with each stitch. Then go round and round the button with stitches placed
Green linen button with white star. Such a button in white linen is excellent on a child's dress
A round motif of lace is sawn down on a button covered with Shantung silk or fine linen between these threads spider-web fashion. After each between-stitch make a little stitch couching down the thread, crossing the button at right angles before passing on to the next thread. Continue the between-stitches until they form a square, going from edge to edge of the button. Then bring the needle up again through the centre of the button, and take a stitch, catching back the loose between-stitches to the centre of the button. Repeat this stitch in each of the four divisions until the design forms a star.
Round crochet buttons, made on a little round wad of cotton, wash beautifully. Cut two narrow slips of card, and place them together with two threads of mercerised cotton between them. Then wind some more of the cotton round and round the cards to make a wad of the size required for the button. Tie the threads firmly at the top and bottom of this, cut them and slip out the cards. This forms the foundation. To crochet a little cap for the top of the button, begin at the centre and go round and round, narrowing gradually. When enough has been done to cover about half the button, put this over the wad, and, holding it in place, continue to crochet, diminishing as you go, until the button is completely covered. This work is very easily and quickly done, and one ball of mercerised cotton at 1 3/4 d. will make a large number Of buttons. In making the wads, the worker should be careful to remember how many times she winds the threads around the cards in order to ensure uniformity.
For a quickly made lace button cover a 7/8- inch button-mould with fine linen or silk, and sew a lace medallion cut from a piece of guipure lace in the centre of each with very fine cotton.
Crochet a little cap of silk matching the dress to cover a wad of cotton
Serge button with black silk spider-web showing how star is formed if desired
Beads threaded on wire are sewn down on to a satin-covered mould