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KL
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Posted - 10/01/2007 :  07:58:20 AM  Show Profile Send KL a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I have 2 cardi's and one sweater coat- and all need buttons.

I am quite picky about them- Not really liking what Joann's and others of that ilk have to offer.

Do any of you have a favourite source/shop for great looking buttons??

Thanks, for any suggestions- KL

fillyjonk
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Posted - 10/01/2007 :  08:24:45 AM  Show Profile  Visit fillyjonk's Homepage Send fillyjonk a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Morehouse farms has a huge selection:

http://www.morehousefarm.com/KnittingEssentials/Buttons/

(That link is HARD TO FIND from the main page!)

Carodan Farm also has some:

http://www.carodanfarm.com/shopsite_sc/store/html/buttons.html

I've ordered from both places numerous times and been pretty satisfied.
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stitchmd
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Posted - 10/01/2007 :  4:31:05 PM  Show Profile Send stitchmd a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Craft stores sell bags of mixed buttons for gluing onto stuff like scrapbooks. Some aren't strong, but I've found some really interesting ones, including bags claiming to be vintage butons.

Thrift stores sometimes sell sets of buttons off clothing that wasn't salvageable, or you can buy something cheap to use its buttons.

You can't have a battle of wits with an unarmed person.
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KL
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Posted - 10/01/2007 :  6:41:12 PM  Show Profile Send KL a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thanks for the links and the ideas- I really liked the wood and bone buttons.

The sweaters are quite rustic - I think wood/bone will be the direction I will want to persue.

Thanks again, KL
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Kade1301
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Posted - 10/02/2007 :  01:03:47 AM  Show Profile  Visit Kade1301's Homepage Send Kade1301 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
You could also make them yourself - my cardigan (very rustic) got buttons made from pieces of dowel meant for glueing wood together (they come with Ikea and other kit furniture and I never use all of them). Sawing off other pieces of dowel rod wood work, as well. Drill two holes and voilą, a button. I put them in linseed oil, but other wood stains would work for changing the colour...

Klara

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Sabrina Fair
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United Kingdom
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Posted - 10/02/2007 :  03:17:11 AM  Show Profile Send Sabrina Fair a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I favour the pewtar buttons of Nordic design. They also have the advantage over bone and wood that they can stay on during the wash. They do look rustic and tend to go with many colour combinations.

The clasps may also look attractive

http://www.nordicfiberarts.com/button.html

Its amazing how these details can make or break a garment. I once put nice clasps on a nice cardigan but they had to come off straight away as they quarrelled with one another.

Sabrina

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frenetic@charter.net
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Posted - 10/02/2007 :  05:03:21 AM  Show Profile Send frenetic@charter.net a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I like Rowan buttons. Jimmy Beans Wool carries them. Also Hobby Lobby has a large selection. I wish I could find some vintage buttons.
Sharon
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Bluestockingknits
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USA
46 Posts

Posted - 10/02/2007 :  09:43:03 AM  Show Profile  Visit Bluestockingknits's Homepage Send Bluestockingknits a Private Message  Reply with Quote
A link to amazing handmade glass buttons. NOt for a whole cardi but one special button for a cape, coat, bag. She really does beautiful work.
http://www.spglassworks.com/bottles.htm

Happy Knitting! Karen

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queenmaxine
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USA
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Posted - 10/03/2007 :  05:05:33 AM  Show Profile  Visit queenmaxine's Homepage Send queenmaxine a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I was in Boston last weekend and one of the yarn stores I hit was Windsor Buttons. Lots of selection.

http://www.windsorbutton.com/

My blog is not strictly knitting, but there are occasional WIP updates and frustration or bragging rants as I am a new knitter.

www.nolanoni.blogspot.com
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mmdm
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Posted - 10/03/2007 :  08:52:57 AM  Show Profile Send mmdm a Private Message  Reply with Quote
If you have a Hancock Fabrics near you, they usually have a whole wall of buttons. They carry a few of the sweater clasps, too.

Melisa
http://virtuallydesigned.com/gottamake
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BastetG4
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USA
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Posted - 10/03/2007 :  12:18:13 PM  Show Profile Send BastetG4 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I was having trouble finding buttons online a few months ago--here are some of the recs I got.
http://www.mjtrim.com./
http://www.buttondrawer.com/
http://www.letsknit.com/dept.cfm?dept=8
http://www.buttonsgaloreandmore.com/index.php
http://www.denverfabrics.com/pages/static/buttons.htm
http://www.buttonshoppe.com/

I ended up buying from MJ Trim (first link) in New York.

--
I'm getting comfortable with ripping.
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Lisaknit
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USA
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Posted - 10/03/2007 :  9:16:30 PM  Show Profile  Visit Lisaknit's Homepage Send Lisaknit a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Oh, I am spoiled by having used nothing but Sheila Ernst's http://www.glasspens.com fabulous glass buttons for all of the garments that I created over the past few years. The artistry and organic quality goes so beautifully with hand spun or hand painted yarns. They are just my all time favorites.
Lisa
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rachelvalcohen@gmail.com
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Posted - 10/04/2007 :  04:51:40 AM  Show Profile Send rachelvalcohen@gmail.com a Private Message  Reply with Quote
When I need a button or hook fastener, I make my own using polymer clay, often built onto some sort of form for added strength. That way, the color is exactly right, and I can control the size and shape and details.
Honestly though, how many people notice or care?
I know, I know, we do...

RachelVal
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scarfitup
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Posted - 10/04/2007 :  05:24:43 AM  Show Profile  Visit scarfitup's Homepage Send scarfitup a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I LOVE the idea of making ones own! Polymer clay does make the most interesting buttons - color and size can be perfect. Alas, I don't do polymer clay, so I sometimes buy them from http://etsy.com.

Generally, I am looking for just one big funky, clunky, chunky button to adorn (visually as well as functionally) my accessories. I scour thrift stores, beg from my friends, search through my stash, look for vintage buttons on etsy or ebay, etc. I discovered Dill buttons at a local sewing store, and they work beautifully on some of the new cachecols (neck wraps/colors/muffs) I've started making.

But it is often a challenge to find just the right color, size, and shape because I never want round ones! I can easily understand how frustrating it must be to need several unusual buttons just for one item!

Scarf It Up!
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http://scarfitup.etsy.com
http://flickr.com/photos/scarfitup
http://portcitypottery.com

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Kipster
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Posted - 10/04/2007 :  05:30:20 AM  Show Profile  Visit Kipster's Homepage Send Kipster a Private Message  Reply with Quote
KL, now that you're living on the East Coast, you know you *have* to get yourself on a plane and get yourself up to NYC soon. Especially since you're on a button quest--think of Tender Buttons and all the shops on 6th Ave. beckoning to you! And you've got Sandy and I to help you choose.

Mary
http://snitnknit.blogspot.com/
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tamdoll@comcast.net
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USA
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Posted - 10/04/2007 :  06:03:52 AM  Show Profile  Visit tamdoll@comcast.net's Homepage Send tamdoll@comcast.net a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I always check at www.etsy.com for unique & handmade buttons - and my friend just listed a bag of buttons at her shop: http://www.simplesoap.etsy.com
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Carol
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USA
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Posted - 10/04/2007 :  06:55:06 AM  Show Profile  Visit Carol's Homepage Send Carol a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Joan Schrouder and I were shopping together at Stitches MW and found "Color in Stitches". Awesome buttons.

http://www.cisbuttons.net/

Also....my Mom had some way old buttons in a jar, glass, bone, etc. I enjoyed rummaging through it and even mismatched some buttons on a garment on purpose :) Now, I make a point to look for buttons in Antique Stores.

I also crochet my own. There is a great button idea in the newest IK. Crocheted around 1" plastic rings. I add another row alternating *1 sl st, 1 sc, 1 dc, 1 sc* (repeat)to make "petals" for a flower.



Carol in St. Louis
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threadnut
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USA
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Posted - 10/04/2007 :  07:57:30 AM  Show Profile  Visit threadnut's Homepage Send threadnut a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I agree with 'scarfitup'

http://www.etsy.com is a wonderful source of unique and creative buttons.
I have a huge stash of buttons from factory close-outs (some family members and friends used to work in factories and were able to acquire closeouts, etc.) and I can't say no when someone wants to get rid of their stash. (And I was instrumental in helping Hancock's reduce their stock when the had to close down a local B&M store)

However -
There are several projects on my needles (and in my head) that warrant some of these hand crafted beauties.
Go to etsy and 'heart' a few artisan stores so you'll know where to go when you're ready for some one-of-a-kind buttons and other needlework accessories and tool.



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MindyO
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Posted - 10/04/2007 :  09:47:11 AM  Show Profile Send MindyO a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I actually like Joann's for buttons, they have those big old looking buttons I remember from sweaters when I was a kid back in the 70's early 80's. BUT since you don't like Joann's I've actually found my LYS have a nice selection of buttons. Two of them have hundreds of styles all in little plastic tubes. Another has very large specialty buttons made of glass or stone. They are a little more pricey than buying a card of 2 or 4 buttons from a large chain store, but there sure are some cute ones. My aunt has also found some cool stuff at local auctions, and craft fairs.

Just because I knit, doesn't mean I'm not dangerous!
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scarfitup
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192 Posts

Posted - 10/04/2007 :  09:48:11 AM  Show Profile  Visit scarfitup's Homepage Send scarfitup a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thanks, Carol, for http://www.cisbuttons.net/. That seems to be a wonderful source with priced-right buttons just right for me! It looks like a goldmine!

Scarf It Up!
http://scarf-it-up.blogspot.com
http://scarfitup.etsy.com
http://flickr.com/photos/scarfitup
http://portcitypottery.com

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Panhandle Jane
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USA
607 Posts

Posted - 10/04/2007 :  1:22:56 PM  Show Profile Send Panhandle Jane a Private Message  Reply with Quote
There are also interesting buttons at www.farmhousefabrics.com. Most are for heirloom sewing for children, but there are others that are gorgeous, and their prices are reasonable and service good.

http:\\www.panhandleknitandsew.blogspot.com

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