Handmade Buttons

I have been super busy lately with a course I'm taking (medical transcription), so I have had less time to work on art and crafts.  However, as I have said before, I always find time to knit.

This is my latest finished sweater.

I used the Harwood pattern by Sarah Hatton from Fresh Fashion Knits.    I love this sweater!  It was really fun to knit, and it turned out exactly like I hoped it would.

The sweater in the book has unique buttons.  I used their shape for inspiration and made my own buttons out of polymer clay.

I made a cane out of burgundy clay wrapped with a thin layer of black.  I reduced, cut, and reassembled the cane many times until I had a complex cane made up of many amorphous shapes.  I used scrap clay to make the bead forms and then covered them with thin slices of the cane.  After baking the buttons, I sanded them and then polished them with a piece of old denim.  

I'm pleased with the way these turned out.  I will definitely make more buttons in the future.


  1. Gorgeous buttons! I'm so impressed that you made them yourself. The sweater is pretty great too.
    I came across your blog from your etsy shop. Very cool necklaces.

    1. Thank you Mignonette! It's great to see someone find my blog through Etsy.

  2. I love the sweater,because I am a knitter too,do you have the pattern?

  3. Hi Mai. The pattern is called Harwood, and it is from the book Fresh Fashion Knits, edited by Kate Buller. It was a great pattern to knit. I highly recommend it!


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