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Olive's Workshops

Dorset Button

Regular price $65.00
Regular price Sale price $65.00

Instructor: Tammy Elwell

Saturday, November 19

10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. 

Ages 16+ 

Beginning Level. No experience required 

We’ll use a needle, thread, and some rings to create historically inspired Dorset Buttons, approachable and fun for beginners and experienced needle workers alike. Learn how to make a Dorset Crosswheel button and, as time allows, play with colors to make multiple buttons. When you get home, you can attach them to clothing for added flair or turn them into pins and other accessories. 

 *We require all individuals over the age of two to wear appropriate masks in the classroom while participating in a workshop or event. 

This class does not have a materials fee as students will be bringing everything they need to get started. 

The instructor will have a selection of reference books on hand to provide ideas and inspiration. 

Students will need to bring: 

  • 1 package of 1” to 1 1/8th “ plastic rings  
  • 2 or more colors of embroidery floss (Darker colors may be harder to see while working) 
  • 1 Tapestry Needle  

Optional: You can bring DMC thread in Size 8 or 10 if you already have it at home instead of embroidery floss.  

(Materials can be purchased at craft supply stores, online, or found in the home goods section of Walmart) 

  About Tammy Elwell:

Tammy is an avid crafter and dancer who grew up in Oak Park, Minnesota. Tammy has worn many hats around the Folk School campus, from Work Study, to Student Host, to Craft Shop Associate, Assistant Instructor, and now Instructor. Her passion for the school’s model of non-competitive, lifelong learning greatly influences her teaching approach, and she is thrilled when she can teach beginners a brand-new skill. Tammy enjoys knitting, dancing, basketry, bead making, book arts, and broom making and has taken classes and volunteered at North House Folk School in Grand Marais, MN and assisted in classes at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN