So all my creative wonders out there, I have demonstrated how various media can be incorporated into your cross stitch, from paints and beads to crystals and stampings. So what next? What about buttons? This month I want to show you what you can accomplish with some wooden buttons, flower thread and a little imagination, of which I know you have a good supply.
When you are a mixed-media cross stitch junkie like me, ideas can spring from anywhere. When I first saw these beautiful wooden butterfly buttons I knew there would be a project in the future for them. A while later I spotted the cute little kimono girl buttons and it was a match made just for creating!
These wonderful wooden buttons can be found in many different designs, colors and shapes for any preference and are widely available on Etsy. These are priced such that you can buy tons of them and not break the bank or your budget. Easy and inexpensive, what’s not to love!
You can fasten them with thread or beads, which is what I did with black Swarovski 2.5mm bicone crystal beads. You might try 11/0 glass beads for a fit too. I will tell you that it is easier to fasten the buttons with regular cotton floss because it has a smoother finish than the flower threads.
Let’s get to the meat of the project which is of course the thread. In this project I used three different threads, DMC Flower Thread (discontinued), DMC 6 ply cotton floss, and Ginnie Thompson Flower Thread. Let’s talk about the flower threads.
The DMC Flower Thread was discontinued years ago so my stash of it is relatively old. I wanted it in my inventory because I thought it would be perfect for antique sampler reproductions or any type sampler really. It is not a polished cotton and has a matte finish. It is a single, non-divisible twisted strand that is equal to two strands of regular cotton thread. I only used one strand of it on some of the stitching on the bottom. I used it side by side to a similar coloured regular cotton strand for comparison. Here is the con I found with it, it tangled/knotted easily and when it did there was no getting it untangled, unknotted.
The Ginnie Thompson Flower Thread was the same with one strand being the same as two regular strands and it has a matte finish. I have to tell you after using it my crush turned into love. This thread is a dream to work with and was so easy to unknot, which for me is huge! They come pre-wound on these wonderful large bobbins (40 yards) that have all their information on it and a hole for hanging on a ring. I paid a small bit more for it but it was still a lot less than a lot of specialty threads I have purchased. I used the Ginnie Thompson thread on the top black rows. You can get these directly through the Ginnie Thompson Flower Thread website.
Both of these flower threads are nice threads. The reason the DMC was onerous could be attributed to its age rather than its production processes, I can’t say for sure. Something I noticed with both is that looking closely you can tell a slight color variation in the threads when stitched. I liked it so it definitely was a plus for me.
I wanted to add French or Colonial Knots on top of the base on the bottom of the design. I ended up doing what I call a stretch knot with 3 strands of black regular cotton floss. It is a stitch with a knot in the down stitch. I used a Colonial Knot because I think they are a little bulkier than the French Knot. Just a little accent to it.
Not the End
I am not finished with this design yet. I will be adding details with DMC Etoile floss and a bit of ribbon too. So stay tuned next month and keep creating!
Debbie Monachella (aka Pear Blossom Designs because it is easier to spell) has been cross stitching and driving her family and friends bonkers with it for over 30 years. After 22 years, she retired from medical office work, and when she isn’t busy telling people where not to sit or step because of a lost needle, she enjoys making up her own cross stitch work, cross stitching, exploring cross stitch, blogging about cross stitch and riding with her husband of 39 years on their Harley motorcycle. They have two lovely daughters, three grandchildren, four great grandchildren, and one granddog named Hannah. She resides in her adopted state of Oklahoma.