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Button Country

An Educational Resource for Button Collectors - originally created by Paul Rice

Copyright © 2012 All Rights Reserved.                                                  Website redesigned and Maintained by Deborah Hanson

Section 5 : Fabrics/Textiles

* To download and print a pdf of the fabric & textiles worksheet click this link: page 1.

Some descriptions of these buttons may be cut off.  Full descriptions can be seen in the slide show mode.

5-1 Worked - Tatting on woven  base  (1-1/8")
5-1 Worked - Tatting on woven base (1-1/8")
5-1 Worked - Knitted  (3/4")
5-1 Worked - Knitted (3/4")
5-1 Worked - Lace - BM  (7/8")
5-1 Worked - Lace - BM (7/8")
5-1 Worked - Lace  (3/4")
5-1 Worked - Lace (3/4")
5-1 Worked - Dorset High-top  (1/2")
5-1 Worked - Dorset High-top (1/2")
5-1 Worked - Needle Worked  (1-5/8")
5-1 Worked - Needle Worked (1-5/8")
5-1 Worked - Needle Worked Braid  (1-1/2")
5-1 Worked - Needle Worked Braid (1-1/2")
5-1 Worked - Needle Worked  (3/4")
5-1 Worked - Needle Worked (3/4")
5-1 Worked - Needle Worked (1-1/2")
5-1 Worked - Needle Worked (1-1/2")
5-1 Worked - Ribbon (No Core)  (5/84")
5-1 Worked - Ribbon (No Core) (5/84")
5-1 Worked - Needle Worked over Wound (1-1/8")
5-1 Worked - Needle Worked over Wound (1-1/8")
5-1 Worked - Crochet over Woven  (1")
5-1 Worked - Crochet over Woven (1")
5-1 Worked  (5/8")  Crochet (?) over Wound Silk Floss
5-1 Worked (5/8") Crochet (?) over Wound Silk Floss
5-2 Wound - Deaths Head Design  (1-3/8")
5-2 Wound - Deaths Head Design (1-3/8")
5-2 Wound - Deaths Head Design (1-1/8")
5-2 Wound - Deaths Head Design (1-1/8")
5-2 Wound - Silk Twist  (11/16")
5-2 Wound - Silk Twist (11/16")
5-2 Wound - Square Shape/OME  (2")
5-2 Wound - Square Shape/OME (2")
5-2 Wound - Oval Shape  (1-1/4")
5-2 Wound - Oval Shape (1-1/4")
5-2.1 Wound/worked - Needle Worked
Wound Base  (1-1/8")
5-2.1 Wound/worked - Needle Worked
Wound Base (1-1/8")
5-2.1 Wound/worked - Dorset ring (3/4")
5-2.1 Wound/worked - Dorset ring (3/4")
5-2.1 Wound & worked - Gimp  (1-1/4")
5-2.1 Wound & worked - Gimp (1-1/4")
5-2.1 Wound/Worked  (1-3/4") Braid Center (Circa 1965)
5-2.1 Wound/Worked (1-3/4") Braid Center (Circa 1965)
5-2.1 Wound/Worked - Silk Thread   (1-1/8")
5-2.1 Wound/Worked - Silk Thread (1-1/8")
5-2.1 Wound/Worked (1-1/8")
5-2.1 Wound/Worked (1-1/8")
5-2.1 Wound/Worked  (1-1/4") Silk Thread and Cord
5-2.1 Wound/Worked (1-1/4") Silk Thread and Cord
5-3 Woven Cover - Thread  (1-1/4")
5-3 Woven Cover - Thread (1-1/4")
5-3 Woven Cover - Printed (1-1/2")
5-3 Woven Cover - Printed (1-1/2")
5-3 Woven Cover - Printed/Contour BM  (1-5/8")
5-3 Woven Cover - Printed/Contour BM (1-5/8")
5-3 Woven Cover - Printed
Garter button  "Stop, go no further!" (7/8")
5-3 Woven Cover - Printed
Garter button "Stop, go no further!" (7/8")
5-3 Woven Cover - Petit Point
  (9/16")
5-3 Woven Cover - Petit Point
(9/16")
5-3 Woven Cover - Painted - Paris BM  (1")
5-3 Woven Cover - Painted - Paris BM (1")
5-3 Woven Cover - Florentine Silk
 Paris BM  (7/8")
5-3 Woven Cover - Florentine Silk
Paris BM (7/8")
5-3 Woven Cover - Cross Stitch
Studio  (1-1/8")
5-3 Woven Cover - Cross Stitch
Studio (1-1/8")
5-3 Woven Cover - Textilograph (7/8")
5-3 Woven Cover - Textilograph (7/8")
5-3 Woven Cover - Textilograph Stevengraph  (1")
5-3 Woven Cover - Textilograph Stevengraph (1")
5-3 Woven Cover - Textilograph  (1")
5-3 Woven Cover - Textilograph (1")
5-3 Woven Cover - Painted (11/16")
5-3 Woven Cover - Painted (11/16")
5-3 Woven Cover - "Tie" - Studio  (1-1/2")
5-3 Woven Cover - "Tie" - Studio (1-1/2")
5-3 Woven Cover - Basket Weave
Velvet Frame  (1")
5-3 Woven Cover - Basket Weave
Velvet Frame (1")
5-3 Woven Cover - Basket Weave (7/8") Assembled with Metal Rim
5-3 Woven Cover - Basket Weave (7/8") Assembled with Metal Rim
5-3 Woven Cover - Basket Weave  (1")
5-3 Woven Cover - Basket Weave (1")
5-3 Woven Cover - Damask  (1-1/4")
5-3 Woven Cover - Damask (1-1/4")
5-3 Woven Cover - Worked/Wound (1-1/4")
5-3 Woven Cover - Worked/Wound (1-1/4")
5-3 Woven Cover  (1-1/4") 
Horsehair
5-3 Woven Cover (1-1/4")
Horsehair
5-3 Woven Cover  (1-5/8") 
Ribbon Appliqué - Studio
5-3 Woven Cover (1-5/8")
Ribbon Appliqué - Studio
5-3 Woven Cover (1-5/8") Ribbon Worked - Bead OME
5-3 Woven Cover (1-5/8") Ribbon Worked - Bead OME
5-3 Woven Cover   (1-5/8") Tatting & Ribbon Worked
5-3 Woven Cover (1-5/8") Tatting & Ribbon Worked
5-3 Woven Cover - "Tie" (1-7/8")
5-3 Woven Cover - "Tie" (1-7/8")
5-3 Woven Cover - Pattern Design  (1")
5-3 Woven Cover - Pattern Design (1")
5-3.1 Embroidered Woven Cover  (1-1/8")
5-3.1 Embroidered Woven Cover (1-1/8")
5-3.1 Embroidered Woven Cover  (1-1/4")
5-3.1 Embroidered Woven Cover (1-1/4")
5-3.1 Embroidered Woven Cover - "Cash" (3/4")
5-3.1 Embroidered Woven Cover - "Cash" (3/4")
5-3.1 Embroidered Woven Cover   (1-1/4")
5-3.1 Embroidered Woven Cover (1-1/4")
5-3.1 Embroidered Woven Cover - Bead Rim  (1-5/8")
5-3.1 Embroidered Woven Cover - Bead Rim (1-5/8")
5-3.1 Embroidered Woven Cover  (3/4")
5-3.1 Embroidered Woven Cover (3/4")
5-3.1 Embroidered Woven Cover/BM "Paris"  (1")
5-3.1 Embroidered Woven Cover/BM "Paris" (1")
5-3.1 Embroidered Woven Cover  (1")
5-3.1 Embroidered Woven Cover (1")
5-3.2 Two-Piece Molded Top (Cased)  (7/16")
5-3.2 Two-Piece Molded Top (Cased) (7/16")
5-3.2.1 Woven Cover - Fancy Top  (1-1/2")
5-3.2.1 Woven Cover - Fancy Top (1-1/2")
5-3.2.1 Woven Cover - Fancy Top  (5/8")
5-3.2.1 Woven Cover - Fancy Top (5/8")
5-3.2.1 Woven Cover - Fancy Top (5/8")
5-3.2.1 Woven Cover - Fancy Top (5/8")
5-3.2.1 Woven Cover - Fancy Top  (11/16")
5-3.2.1 Woven Cover - Fancy Top (11/16")
5-3.2.1 Woven Cover - Fancy Top  (1")
5-3.2.1 Woven Cover - Fancy Top (1")
5-4 Back Types - Plastic Back  (7/8")
5-4 Back Types - Plastic Back (7/8")
5-4 Back Types - Padback - Paris BM  (5/8")
5-4 Back Types - Padback - Paris BM (5/8")
5-4 Back Types - Thread Back  (7/8")
5-4 Back Types - Thread Back (7/8")
5-4 Back Types - Metal Loop Shank (3/4")
5-4 Back Types - Metal Loop Shank (3/4")
5-4 Back Types - Two Hole Sew Through  (5/8")
5-4 Back Types - Two Hole Sew Through (5/8")
5-4 Back Type - Staple Shank  (1")
5-4 Back Type - Staple Shank (1")
5-4 Back Type - Cased  (1-1/8")
5-4 Back Type - Cased (1-1/8")
5-4 Back Types - Gathered  (1-1/4")
5-4 Back Types - Gathered (1-1/4")
5-4 Back Types - Leather  (1")  BM "L.P. 92"
5-4 Back Types - Leather (1") BM "L.P. 92"
5-5 Mounted in Metal - Wound/OME (1")
5-5 Mounted in Metal - Wound/OME (1")
 5-5 Mounted on Metal  (1-3/4")
5-5 Mounted on Metal (1-3/4")
5-5 Mounted in Metal - German BM  (1")
5-5 Mounted in Metal - German BM (1")
5-5 Mounted in Metal - Worked Hair OME  (1")
5-5 Mounted in Metal - Worked Hair OME (1")
5-5 Mounted in Metal - "Veil" Button  (1")
5-5 Mounted in Metal - "Veil" Button (1")
5-5.1 Background - Cut Out Design
Velvet  (13/16")
5-5.1 Background - Cut Out Design
Velvet (13/16")
5-5.1 Background - Fabric  (1-1/8")
5-5.1 Background - Fabric (1-1/8")
5-5.1 Background - Velvet  (1-1/2")
5-5.1 Background - Velvet (1-1/2")
5-6 OME - Gutta Percha  (1-3/4")
5-6 OME - Gutta Percha (1-3/4")
5-6 OME - Painted Metal  (7/8")
5-6 OME - Painted Metal (7/8")
5-6 OME - Celluloid - Fabric Frame  (1-1/2")
5-6 OME - Celluloid - Fabric Frame (1-1/2")
5-6 OME - Glass/Brass  (1-1/2")
5-6 OME - Glass/Brass (1-1/2")
5-6 OME - Pastes/Brass  (1-3/4")
5-6 OME - Pastes/Brass (1-3/4")
5-6 OME - Pastes/Metal on Velvet  (1-1/2")
5-6 OME - Pastes/Metal on Velvet (1-1/2")
5-6 OME - White Glass  (7/8")
5-6 OME - White Glass (7/8")
5-6 OME - White Metal  (1-1/2")
5-6 OME - White Metal (1-1/2")
5-6 OME - Brass  (3/4")
5-6 OME - Brass (3/4")
5-6 OME Design Under Glass/Fabric Frame  (7/8")
5-6 OME Design Under Glass/Fabric Frame (7/8")
5-6 OME Wood - Beads - BM  (1-1/4")
5-6 OME Wood - Beads - BM (1-1/4")
5-6.1 OME - Black Glass Beads Rim (1")
5-6.1 OME - Black Glass Beads Rim (1")
5-6.1 OME - Black Glass  (7/8")
5-6.1 OME - Black Glass (7/8")
5-6.1 OME - Black Glass/Velvet (7/8")
(Spider Retainer)
5-6.1 OME - Black Glass/Velvet (7/8")
(Spider Retainer)
5-7 Frame - Paste  (3/4")
5-7 Frame - Paste (3/4")
5-7 Frame - Black Glass
Cord OME - Thread back  (1")
5-7 Frame - Black Glass
Cord OME - Thread back (1")
5-7.1 Beads - Steel  (3/4")
5-7.1 Beads - Steel (3/4")
5-7.1 Sequins  (1")
5-7.1 Sequins (1")
5-7.1 Beads - Dyed Bone  (7/16")
5-7.1 Beads - Dyed Bone (7/16")
5-7.1 Beads - Drop - Ball  (3/4")
5-7.1 Beads - Drop - Ball (3/4")
5-7.1 Beads - Black Glass  (3/4")
5-7.1 Beads - Black Glass (3/4")
5-7.1 Beads - Colored Glass  (1-1/4")
5-7.1 Beads - Colored Glass (1-1/4")
5-7.1 Beads - Clear Glass - Spoke Design  (1-1/8")
5-7.1 Beads - Clear Glass - Spoke Design (1-1/8")
5-7.2 MT - Woven - Paris BM  (3/4")
5-7.2 MT - Woven - Paris BM (3/4")
5-7.2 Metallic Thread (MT) - Worked  (15/16")
5-7.2 Metallic Thread (MT) - Worked (15/16")
5-7.2 MT - Passementerie - Pearl Fascia  (3/4")
5-7.2 MT - Passementerie - Pearl Fascia (3/4")
5-7.2 MT- Passementerie - Gilded Horn Fascia
Dyed Bone Beads  (1-1/4")
5-7.2 MT- Passementerie - Gilded Horn Fascia
Dyed Bone Beads (1-1/4")
5-7.2 MT - Passementerie   (1-1/8")
Metallic Fascia/Coils/Sequins
5-7.2 MT - Passementerie (1-1/8")
Metallic Fascia/Coils/Sequins
5-7.2 MT - Passementerie  (3/4") Metallic Fascia/Pearl OME
5-7.2 MT - Passementerie (3/4") Metallic Fascia/Pearl OME
5-7.2 MT- Passementerie  (1-3/8") Metallic Fascia/Glass/BasTaillle OME
5-7.2 MT- Passementerie (1-3/8") Metallic Fascia/Glass/BasTaillle OME
5-7.2 MT - Passementerie  (1-1/8" )
Metallic Fascia/Paste OME
5-7.2 MT - Passementerie (1-1/8" )
Metallic Fascia/Paste OME
5-7.2 MT - Passementerie - Foil Fascia  (1-1/8")
5-7.2 MT - Passementerie - Foil Fascia (1-1/8")
5-8 Unlisted - Drop - Crochet  (1-1/4")
5-8 Unlisted - Drop - Crochet (1-1/4")
5-8 Unlisted - Shape - Contour  (1-3/4")
5-8 Unlisted - Shape - Contour (1-3/4")
5-8 Unlisted - Shape - 3 Face Contour  (1")
5-8 Unlisted - Shape - 3 Face Contour (1")
5-8 Unlisted - Shape - Modified Spindle  (1-1/4")
5-8 Unlisted - Shape - Modified Spindle (1-1/4")
5-8 Unlisted - Shape - Square/OME   (1-1/8")
5-8 Unlisted - Shape - Square/OME (1-1/8")
5-8 Unlisted - Shape - Realistic (1-1/8")
5-8 Unlisted - Shape - Realistic (1-1/8")
5-8 Unlisted - Felted Fabric  (1")
5-8 Unlisted - Felted Fabric (1")
5-8 Unlisted - Backmarks
BM - "Defiance"   (1-1/4")
5-8 Unlisted - Backmarks
BM - "Defiance" (1-1/4")
5-8 Unlisted - Backmarks  - Paris BM - "Superfin" (7/8")
5-8 Unlisted - Backmarks - Paris BM - "Superfin" (7/8")
5-8 Unlisted - Backmarks - Paris BM - "Comet" (7/8")
5-8 Unlisted - Backmarks - Paris BM - "Comet" (7/8")

Acknowledgments: Special thanks to Elizabeth Hughes, Barbara Barrans, Louella Yeargain, Pat Koehler, Shelley Strick, Joan Lindsay and Pat Fields for collaborating in the update of this section including their contribution of button images shown as examples.  

A special thanks to Joan Lindsay & Joy Journeay for their expert editing skills!


References:

(1)  National Button Society Blue Book, Official NBS Classification and Competition Guidelines

(2) Hughes, Elizabeth and Marion Lester.  The Big Book of Buttons. St. Johann Press - 2010

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