Sunday, April 22, 2012

Beautiful Buttons

As you are probably aware by now, I simply love color! I am an enthusiastic dyer of my handspun yarn, but don't like to limit what I put in my dyepots. Quite by accident, I discovered that you can dye buttons! Yes, buttons.

Check out these absolutely beautiful handmade buttons by Pymatuning Crafts:
Because I refuse to leave well enough alone, I overdyed these buttons using RIT dye. I just added dye and boiling water then let them soak at least an hour.


I rinsed them under water until the water ran clear and let them dry for a few days. Look! They turned out fantastic.

I love the way the grain of the oak buttons show up in purple.

Even the arborvitae looks fabulous dyed navy.
Then I couldn't stop myself and grabbed a bunch of buttons from a jar I purchased at a local consignment shop.
I got the idea to dye buttons from the RIT website. Check it out, they have loads of project ideas.

3 comments:

  1. how cool is that? Whatcha gonna do with all those buttons?

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  2. Hi, Kathy. Well, I was going to use the buttons in a knitted garment, but I saw handknit scarf on Etsy that used buttons as an embellishment. So that got me thinking...they'd be great in some funky jewelry, too.

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