lately i've been obsessed with buttons...
remember these ones from a while back?
and this white one?
i still have a hankering to make more of those ones, but lately my mind's been on appliqued buttons
tiny little houses, trees, winter things
below is my first one
a simple scene, easy enough for a first effort
trying to get a lay of the land, if you will... figuring out how the curve of the button form affects things
i like it well enough but it's just not that intricate - i want more detail
so, i've rooted out my thinnest needles
size 12 quilting needles are the tiniest i have
and a super fine thread called "invisafil" - having the right tools might help in working with the teeny tiny pieces i'll need to be stitching if i want to create more detailed designs
i've sketched a half dozen different designs, all involving winter scenes... trees, houses, a snowman or two - even a tiny child
this button is the largest form i can get - size 100, about 2 1/2" across
i have a few 1 7/8" button forms as well so once i perfect my miniature stitching skills on the larger size i'll try my hand at the next size down
the cabin is done with needle-turn applique so it's sturdy enough but the door, window, eaves and chimney are raw edge with a very fine over-cast stitch... i have no idea how they'll stand up to wear and tear, nor what one would actually put one of these buttons on, but then i haven't really given any of that a moment's thought
i'm just having fun making them!