How to Make, Button Knots
Have you ever found a sweater or dress that
you wanted to buy because it was very pretty or on sale but didn't buy it
simply because of the plain buttons? Or have you found a beautiful outfit
but did not buy it because of the high price. If you think about it, very
often what makes these outfits special are the trims. Covered buttons,
embroidered buttons, fancy buttons can turn a plain blouse into a very
dressy blouse. You can very easily turn a plain article of clothing into
something very special with button knots. You have probably seen these in
stores but you can custom make your own buttons with yarn, cotton thread
or cording in a colour to match your outfit, or a contrast or two-tone
I will show you two basic types, one is the
Chinese button knot which is round like a little ball, and the other is a
flat button. There are many types of button knots to choose from. I
discovered these in a sailing knot book. If you want to see a very large
selection, go to your local library and pick up a book on sailing knots.
You will find instructions for a very large variety of knots, plaits and
chains, all of which can easily be made from yarn or cording to create
trims for clothing.
Work with three to five or more stands of
yarn. Depending on the size of the button you wish, you can use lighter or
heavier yarn and more or less strands. Follow the drawings for making the
loops. Keep your loops large while you work and then gradually, pull the
loops together to form the button. Tie the ends together, leaving enough
yarn to attach your button to your garment.
Chinese Button Knot
Flat Button Knot
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