button up March 11 2013, 5 Comments
3 years ago when my GG passed away she left me two cherished items: a gorgeous chair and her vintage button collection! I couldn't have asked for anything more. My mom and I had a wonderful time sifting through all the buttons and picking out our favorites that we've hoarded for just the perfect garment. Some will also sit in our box and look pretty because we can't bare to use them. You could say I'm picky when it comes to buttons. You won't find me walking into a big box retailer and grabbing a 5 pack of plastic buttons. I think about all the time put into designing and creating a gorgeous garment then topping it off with a few plastic buttons. That's like spending all day in the kitchen baking a cake then spraying a can of whip cream all over it as icing, not for me.
Here are just a few a my favorites from past garments. That cute little birdie on the bottom right was made by a friend, April from Sew to Speak, many years ago and I hope she's still making them! :)
Not so long ago I was wondering if I hadn't been blessed with this massive supply of buttons where would I find gorgeous buttons (that are not big box machine made). Not long after wondering about just that I received an email from a wonderful lady named Sarah Fulton, button maker extraordinair! Sarah recently opened up a shop on Etsy in December and we are so lucky she did!
Sarah Fulton started FULTON & CO. because she loves things that are practical and useful, and because she could not find the kind of buttons she was looking for, anywhere. Namely, buttons that are plain, simple, handmade, neutral in color, and in a variety of sizes. Because the majority of American button companies have gone out of business, Sarah is motivated to be a local source of a quality product. Sarah's goal is that FULTON & CO. will be the go-to company for simple, artisan buttons. Buttons that will be kept and collected over the years. Used and re-used. The ceramic buttons are created in small batches, each one going through an 8 step process, using a low fire, porcelain-like clay that gets bisque fired and glaze fired in the kiln before they are finished. FULTON & CO. buttons will, without a doubt, add a touch of character and charm to anything they adorn!
Sarah not only answers our button prayers but she is also extremely generous. Sarah has offered one lucky Figgy reader an amazing assortment of buttons! All you need to do is LIKE her Facebook page! And don't forget to visit her Etsy shop to see all her goodies too! Sarah's generosity rubbed off a little on me too so I decided to add to the package a little Ayashe skirt created with brushed cotton Nani Iro fabric and adorned with none other than Fulton & Co. buttons (Skirt is size 18mo)!
Please enter for your chance to win below and I will announce the winner when I return from Seattle on Monday the 18th!!! Why am I going to Seattle you ask? I will be teaching a workshop at Make Do Mend (Dry Goods Design) this Saturday the 16th of March from 11am - 4:30. I think there are 2 seats left if you live in the area and want to have a blast of sewing fun!!
Have a wonderful week....off to design..yep that's right I'm back at it!
Happy Sewing- Shell