How to make a Dorset Cartwheel Buttons
I have found that when searching the web for information on Dorset Buttons the wealth of information can be confusing.
When searching for free instructions on how to make the most popular of the Dorset Button range known as the Cartwheel button (also called the crosswheel button) the number of instructions that you can download and videos to watch is overwhelming. Each turotal has a slightly different slant on how these button are constructed.
Just to put the record straight, there are four stages to making a Cartwheel/Crosswheel button:
These is no set standard for contemporary Dorset Buttons. All I can say is each individual should find the button that best suited their style.
Good luck and happy buttony
There are four different types of Dorset Buttons with many variations within each type.
The first buttons were made with sheep’s horn, fabric and thread and called High Tops and Dorset Knobs. Birdseyes and Mites used just fabric and thread
Wire rings were introduced in the 1730s and two further types of buttons were added to the range:
Buttons made with wire, fabric and thread were called Singletons.
Dorset thread button used wire and thread only and called Dorset Cartwheel and Blandford Crosswheel.