Dorset Buttons

Beaded Dorset Button Brooch in Olive and Copper

Beaded Dorset Button by Denise Kovnat

Every once in a while I find an intriguing craft I’d never heard of, and of course, I have to try it.

Gini’s Boutique

Dorset buttons originated in the 17th century, and were made and used through the 19th century, until mass-produced buttons became readily available.

I’m not entirely sure I did my rounding properly, but I don’t think it much matters, as there are obviously many ways to stitch these little jewels.

My first effort

My first effort

Other folks must be much faster at it, as this took me about three hours. I tried to add beads, but it was more complicated than I planned, and I didn’t want to ruin the base button.

$34 for this necklace by Wonder Woollens? She must be fast.

If you’d like to know more, I started here:

Handmade and embroidered Dorset buttons

Anita Simmance

The Pre-Raphaelites Documentary

Well, crud. The Andrew Lloyd Webber documentary on the Pre-Raphaelites got blocked in the US. It was excellent, but this one is okay, too.

 

 

Mark Doolittle

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Black Dragon Hatchling by Dallia Art

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Links, 22 jan 2016

Natasha Cousens at She Walks Softly

Natasha Cousens at She Walks Softly

New York Public Library collection of over 180k public domain items. Via metafilter

New York Public Library collection of over 180k public domain items. Via metafilter

Chinese Rock Stars as Temples by DU Kun

Chinese Rock Stars as Temples by DU Kun

Tree reading nook

Tree reading nook

Anselm Kiefer’s Art Studio

 

It’s more like an installation. Reminds me of HR Giger’s backyard. ┬áh/t Dawn.

Barjac Anselm Kiefer

Polar Bears by Dennis Fast

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Links, 15 jan 2016

Molecular Quilts by Theodore Gray

Molecular Quilts by Theodore Gray

Shadow-casting Lamps by Calibarte

Shadow-casting Lamps by Calibarte

200-Year-Old Clockwork Caterpillar

200-Year-Old Clockwork Caterpillar

The Underground Temple of Damanhur (video)

The Underground Temple of Damanhur (video)

Harvard Pigment Library. h/t Bonni

Harvard Pigment Library. h/t Bonni

Gregory Euclide

Gregory Euclide

Silvan Arts

If you like the faerie/Celtic aesthetic, the lovely work of Silvan Arts may appeal.

Dragonfly Necklace

Dragonfly Necklace

Cathedral Ring

Cathedral Ring

Dragon Wrap Bracelent

Dragon Wrap Bracelent

Nick Cave’s Soundsuits (not that Nick Cave)

Via the Spousal Unit, who was no doubt looking for the usual Nick Cave.

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