Dorset button brooches

Sunday 27 August 2017



The course

You will make two different types of Dorset button brooch, a Dorset Posy brooch and an Autumn Beech Tree brooch. In the afternoon you will design your own brooch. You will learn about the history of Dorset buttons from their beginnings in the 1600s, the growth of button making in the 1700s, it’s death in the Industrial Revolution and the various people and organisations who’ve kept them alive, and the contemporary buttons of today.

The tutor

From a young age Jen Best was taught by her Grandmother to make Dorset buttons, knit, crochet, sew and embroider. A few years ago she learn to spin and felt. Her addiction to wool and wooley pursuits has last for over 30 years. She has been teaching buttons for almost as long as she has been making them. She designs knitting and crochet patterns, all involving Dorset buttons. She also design Dorset button jewellery and button kits.

Participant information

The tutor will provide all the materials and instructions to take home. You might however like to bring notebooks and scissors.


£55 per person, to include tuition, teas and coffees.
The Museum café will be open or you can bring a packed lunch.

The Museum

The Weald & Downland Living Museum has over 45 historic building exhibits. It is also home to the award winning and innovative Downland Gridshell, which houses a conservation workshop and artefact store, and is also used for many practical courses. The Museum runs a full programme of courses in historic building conservation and traditional rural trades and crafts, along with MSc programmes in Building Conservation and Timber Building Conservation validated by the University of York. Please telephone for further details.



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