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Phaedra28
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Posted - 05/23/2006 :  01:29:01 AM  Show Profile Send Phaedra28 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
This just struck me, when I was reading another thread where someone mentioned trouble finding buttons for a cardigan. How many here have a button stash, too?

I proudly admit to being a button glutton. Whenever I am in the neighborhood of a button store, I will go in and buy five or six of everything I like that's an appropriate sort of size and a color that I use frequently. I have the most beautiful buttons, and I take them off one item when it's done, and put the on another. And it's a stash that doesn't take up near as much space as the yarn and fluff.

I also have my Grandmother's button collection. There really aren't enough buttons in any one style to use, but I still love having them. They remind me of her.

And sometimes I think I'll get around to buying a big glass vase or even just a nice bottle, and put my buttons in there, so they can be on display all the time. Makes me smile to think of it. Not sure how my husband will react, though...

Das war ein Vorspiel nur. Dort wo man Bücher
Verbrennt, verbrennt man auch am Ende Menschen.
--Heinrich Heine 1820

The Irish Ewe
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Posted - 05/23/2006 :  06:19:36 AM  Show Profile  Visit The Irish Ewe's Homepage Send The Irish Ewe a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Admit it - you've seen Mom's stash, right?? At last count, she had over 5,000 vintage buttons. And that's the ones that have been sorted, there are a dozen large boxes (or more) with unsorted buttons somewhere in her house.

I say she has a problem. She says it's not booze or yarn from other shops, and so it's all good :)

The Irish Ewe
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pieheart
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Posted - 05/23/2006 :  07:06:12 AM  Show Profile Send pieheart a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hmm....at last, stash to collect that can be displayed and practical at the same time! I love it! And I have a lot of glass vases from flower deliveries. Better and better!

pieheart, who is going to the thrift store later this week to look for buttons for a cardigan that needs blocking

Remember, today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday----Dale Carnegie
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ozknitter
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Posted - 05/23/2006 :  07:12:27 AM  Show Profile Send ozknitter a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hi,

I too have a button stash, but rarely use it. I remember when my children were young they used to love to play with them, so probably quite a few of them get lost along the way.

They used to make me collages out of them and I still have them stuck up in the hallway, along with drawings from Prep to this very day.

But I'd rather have my children any day than a manky jar of buttons, no matter how good they are.

Knit in peace and harmony.


Rose in Melbourne, Australia.
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sandrasingh
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USA
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Posted - 05/23/2006 :  10:04:41 AM  Show Profile  Visit sandrasingh's Homepage Send sandrasingh a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Buttons lovers check out these from La Lana Wools! Colorful cross cut stones.

http://www.lalanawools.com/PatternBk/ValentinaDevine/CotCanCardi.html


Sandra Singh
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Felted-Bag
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Posted - 05/23/2006 :  1:15:26 PM  Show Profile  Visit Felted-Bag's Homepage Send Felted-Bag a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I have a small stash of Sheila's flameworked glass buttons www.glasspens.comthat I use on my bags. They would look great in a glass bottle -- thanks for the idea.

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gulf knitter
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Posted - 05/23/2006 :  1:35:05 PM  Show Profile  Visit gulf knitter's Homepage Send gulf knitter a Private Message  Reply with Quote
At the thrift shop at my church, the volunteers cut the buttons off the UNusable clothing and pile them in a box. Every once in a while, I stop in and buy the contents. Some good, most ordinary, an occasional treasure. But the best buttons are often available on clothes on the racks, and I find that buying a blouse or sweater for $1 just for the super buttons beats buying buttons new everytime. Sarah.
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~bananaKnits~
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Posted - 05/23/2006 :  2:37:14 PM  Show Profile  Visit ~bananaKnits~'s Homepage  Send ~bananaKnits~ a Yahoo! Message Send ~bananaKnits~ a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I'm a button collector too. I just looked over the buttons I posted about a year ago and realize that since then I have more really neat buttons I have collected.

I inherited this from my mom I just know it. She has been gone for over ten years but I still have her jar of buttons.

I've shared this before but one day I was sitting around sorting my buttons and my son who is an adult was over and the phone rang. By the time I got back there he was sorting my buttons. Some he recognized from grandma. Here he is a grown man but he still remembers the buttons he and grandma played with when he was little.

What a sweet memory for both of us.

http://bananabuttons.blogspot.com/




Happy Knitting,

ana


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sandrasingh
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Posted - 05/24/2006 :  02:57:25 AM  Show Profile  Visit sandrasingh's Homepage Send sandrasingh a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Ana I love those bakelite buttons. Are they from the 50's?

Sandra Singh
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knittingbaglady
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Posted - 05/24/2006 :  03:38:43 AM  Show Profile Send knittingbaglady a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I'm always on the look out for vintage buttons. I have a pretty good supply, but always buy them when I find them as I use them on most of my bags.
Bakelite is an early plastic for the 30's. Gorgeous, and many bakelite items demand a high price. I love them too!

Martha.

http://www.greenmountainknittingbags.com/index.htm
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lella
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Posted - 05/24/2006 :  04:40:45 AM  Show Profile Send lella a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I have Mother's collection, her mother's collection and jars of buttons from a couple of friends. Some are nice but mostly a lot of them are from the 30 on up with nothing fancy. The girls used to play with them and make necklaces. I kept them for sentiment mostly. There is 30 pounds of mixed color that I bought at a crafter's expo and they are for doll legs. Tons of shirt buttons from DH's shirts for making pins with. They are pearlized white mostly. Buttons are great!

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suzannevh
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Posted - 05/24/2006 :  04:41:10 AM  Show Profile Send suzannevh a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I cut off buttons of clothing heading for the dumpster. I started this a couple years back when one quilt I was making needles lots of buttons as embellishments. Buttons can be expensive and I often like what I find on my store bought clothes more than what I find when I've looked to buy buttons new.

Check out my project pics http://www.flickr.com/photos/suzannehandicrafts/
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Lanea
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Posted - 05/24/2006 :  07:16:13 AM  Show Profile  Visit Lanea's Homepage Send Lanea a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I've got good buttons with their own lovely little containment systems (http://crazylanea.typepad.com/fiberarts/2006/02/time_to_learn_t.html scroll down), and I've gone on commando button buying missions in the past. I have good connections with folks who make bone, antler, and metal buttons, but they're hard to get to unless you know secret codes, or, you know, Pennsylvania.

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Old Knitter
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Posted - 05/24/2006 :  07:57:21 AM  Show Profile  Visit Old Knitter's Homepage Send Old Knitter a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I have always cut buttons off clothing before I discard it and also keep my open for them at flew markets.

Holly

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Shalee
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Posted - 05/24/2006 :  11:44:38 PM  Show Profile  Visit Shalee's Homepage Send Shalee a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I have loads and loads of buttons that I have salvaged over the years. I have sorted most of them and always check my stash for what I need. I got some of them from my MIL when she passed. I also save zippers. You know how expensive they have gotten! Anything headed for the garbage has zippers and buttons removed. Then there are the very old wooden spools of thread, I just can't give them up! I used to sew alot, so I have loads of old sewing items. If it "was" then it "is" in my stash!

Sharon in NW PA
I always wanted my own library but I didn't realize it would be all knitting books!
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ChelleC100
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USA
459 Posts

Posted - 05/25/2006 :  05:49:09 AM  Show Profile  Visit ChelleC100's Homepage Send ChelleC100 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Ana, I love your buttons. I also love the organized containers you have them in. Where did you get those containers? Thanks, Chelle
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LauraLLD
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Posted - 05/25/2006 :  05:52:10 AM  Show Profile  Visit LauraLLD's Homepage Send LauraLLD a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I have a button stash, too. I used to sew a lot, and I have buttons left over from projects, plus my grandmother's stash of buttons, trim, zippers, and other sewing stuff. I also have found buttons in antique markets or junk shops and when I do I buy them if they're cheap. Now I have four old cookie tins full of buttons. Someday I'd like to sort them by size or color, but for now I just paw through them whenever I need a button for a knitted item.
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flickerknitter
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Posted - 05/25/2006 :  06:03:03 AM  Show Profile  Visit flickerknitter's Homepage Send flickerknitter a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Love reading about this topic...buttons! In my other life, I designed and manufactured wool coats. Along with the colorful design of each coat the buttons were the most important consideration. The right button either happens or it doesn't and that used to be a matter of considerable time spent searching the planet for just the right button for a particular collection.

It's the same now whenever I need a button for a handknit doll, sweater or hat!

flickerkniter
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~bananaKnits~
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Posted - 05/25/2006 :  06:32:13 AM  Show Profile  Visit ~bananaKnits~'s Homepage  Send ~bananaKnits~ a Yahoo! Message Send ~bananaKnits~ a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I'm not sure that I like tham all in their neat containers, I somehow miss the big jar I got the containers at JoAnn's when they had a sale on them.


Happy Knitting,

ana


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Lisaknit
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USA
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Posted - 05/25/2006 :  07:23:31 AM  Show Profile  Visit Lisaknit's Homepage Send Lisaknit a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Oh man, am I ever a button horder. I started back in the day when my business was all about one of a kind handknit originals. If you have wonderful buttons in a stash, whether vintage or made by artisans of today (I am a Sheila Ernst glass button junkie), when you finish a piece...go shop in the stash and the stash will speak to you, telling you who belongs on the garment. Otherwise, a garment might languish or suffer from being the victim of crummy button syndrome. I truly believe that beautiful buttons should complete a garment or quilt that has taken so much time to create.
I do admit that I have some buttons that will probably wait until I design something for them. I found these black and red spiral cord buttons back at an early Stitches West, when I was next to a button vendor (very dangerous). Hmmm...I know just the thing...St Valentine and the natural black baby alpaca that I am spinning. See? A button stash can be very inspiring.

Lisa
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jtamsn
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Posted - 05/25/2006 :  07:53:10 AM  Show Profile Send jtamsn a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I have always been one to pick up buttons for a future project ( or a current one and change my mind!). When my mother in law passed away last year, I found her mothers button stash! Oh my! I now look at buttons differently and enjoy just going through them periodically.

judy
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