This section is from the "A Complete Dictionary of Dry Goods" book, by George S. Cole. Also available from Amazon: A complete dictionary of dry goods and history of silk, cotton, linen, wool and other fibrous substances,: Including a full explanation of the modern processes ... together with various useful tables.
A very attractive window piece may be made by building a flat circular foundation of rough boards, making a disc about four or five feet in diameter. Cover this with black cambric. Around the outer edge drive a row of tacks far enough apart to allow each tack to come at the center of the end of a card of buttons, the cards being placed side by side. Drive another circle of tacks at a distance within the outside row equal to one inch less than the length of a card of buttons. Drive other circles the same distance apart until the center is reached. Between these tacks spring cards of buttons, the ends of the cards being slipped under the tack heads. These will form bulging circles of buttons, making a novel wheel. The use of bright metallic buttons will add very much to the appearance of the device, which is a successful one.