Making A Selfshank

Heirloom Buttons

tare is for a button with six wraps auos* the front on the last pass, it will work regardless of the number of wraps. After farming the shank, stitch it in place, and stitch the tail down. On the bavk. about ft in. In from the edge ol the button. hjckMlich adjaccni wraps of braid together all around the button. Make sure vou include thecoma anchor* mi he stitching,

Soutache checkerboard lor n)uitj wmpfe in /ighi Mur an p. 49, wull need:

  • 1-in diameter wood moid
  • 4 fi ol soutache braid
  • quilting thread
  • needle
  • transparent tape

Wrap about 1 in. of transparent tape around one end of soutache hraid to stiflen the end «o that you can weave the pattern without a needle. Work an X-wrap over the mold, as shown in the drawing on p 48, then come up to the front of the button after crossing the hack on the diagonal. Wrap across the from oi the mold just inside two anus of the X, as shown in draw ing A on the faring page 1 til the space between the arms of the X with parallel wraps around the mold. It should take six wraps with soutache braid. But if you um? a different braid and require moiv or fm»r wraps make sure you use an even number.

Cross the back of the bution on the diagonal ag.un You'll he ac the same anchor where you began the first uiap but on the other side of u. Begin wrapping at right angles to (he first six wraps for ihe first three wraps (or half of the number you made the first time

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Square soutache checkerboard for sample in light blur on p 49, \ou1l nerd

  • inn. square ail from ma! board
  • I yd, ol soutache braid
  • quilting thread
  • needle
  • transparent tape

Thcs square button uses ihe same technique as the round clieckerboard button Corner anchor* aren't necessary because the edge of tin: button is square, and the brJid doesn t slip off the mold as it does on a round edge In prevent sh&tw-thnHigh. use a permanent marker to color the corners of tbe mat board to match your braid


For sample in wd on p 49, vou li tired;

  • 14a diameter wood mold
  • 4 fi of soutache braid
  • qui Iling thread
  • needle
  • transparent tape.

drawing A below While making the final three wraps, weave in and out ol the previous three, as shown in drawing B. Complete the back of ihc button with a self-shank and anchor the wrap* with backstitch«* (*ce drawing on p 50)

litis button is worked the same as the checkerboard •joutaihe button, rccept ior ihc weaving pattern Wotk tlte X-wrnp and litst six wraps ihe same way uni would work them for ihc checkerboard sxmmche but ton. Cross the back on the diagonal and come up on the opposite side Make three wraps as sho*u m

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Anchor Shank Buttons

B. IrrtcTA/e.ive v«wid thrre wraps


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Diamond in a square EBB

for sain/»It in \rlioi% on /» 49, yotiIf nttd

  • Mn diameter wood mold
  • 4 ft of soutache braid
  • quilting thread
  • needle
  • transparent tape.

This button is another variation of the checkerboard soutache button Work the X-wrap and first \|\ wrap* thr same as for the checkerboard Hie weaving pattern t> worked at 90* to the first wraps, 30 begin by crossing the back on the diagonal and coming up on the opposite side. The first wrap is wovvn under the fir« and over ihr last five wraps. us shown in the drawing he low I he next four wraps are wn*tn under the first wrap, over the middle four wraps, and under the Um wtap, The U*i wrap U wqvett over the Itrst five and under the tost wrap. Finish the hick of the button (see drawing on p 501 before weaving the diamond pattern on (he lop

I he diamond is made with a separate o-ui. length oi braid taped at one end. On the front. pjLvs the braid under the u>p >ix wraps, pulling it through just enough so that the tail is hidden Weave the braid dtagotullv under, then over each of the four >klr< of the square, lo finish. pa?vs the braid hack under the top wraps in the opposite direction of the original tail. Cut the tail off so that it 15 hidden under the wrap>. and stitch or glue the tails in place

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Gimp seems to vary a lot in sire When making a but ton. adjust the number of base w raps so that ihe gimp covers the mold nicrly in the finished button

fur sample in Lt>rndrron p W. you'll net J:

  • I-in, diamrtet Hat wood mold
  • J yd. of gimp
  • I8tapesiry needle.

Begin covering the mold by wrapping the gimp amund the mold <mn time-», worlung to the right and catching the tail a» you wrap (*ce drawing A on p 54) Rotate the button W clockwise and repeat the w rapping pattern Rotate the butti>n 45*. wrap sevtn times, then rotate 90* from lhat n>und of wraps, and repeat This button will require a total of lour rounds of %e\ cn base wraps.

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