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Button It Up: 80 Amazing Vintage Button Projects For Necklaces, Bracelets, Embellishments, Housewares & More (2009)

by Susan Beal(Favorite Author)
3.62 of 5 Votes: 2
1600850731 (ISBN13: 9781600850738)
Taunton Press
review 1: While I can appreciate the work involved in almost all crafts, my personal tastes run more to the "crafted" rather than the "crafty". This is not mere snobbishness on my part (though some might think otherwise). What I most appreciate is an effort to transcend the expected. Yes, a crocheted toilet tissue cozy IS charming, but let's face it, I've seen it done a hundred times before. When it comes to "button" crafts one more often than not expects the projects to lean heavily in the direction of things that might most appeal to your grandmother. That is not the case with this book. Containing mostly jewelry projects (though with a few home decor and embellishment projects, too) it is clear the author knows a thing or two about design, art, and fashion. Some of these projects... more would not be out of place on the runways of New York or Paris. These is a definite sense of whimsy in some of the work but it is all charming and much of it can only be called chic.This is a shining example of the different between something that looks "hand-crafted" and something that looks merely "homemade". The projects in this book definitely fall into the former category by looking both youthful (without looking juvenile), and current (without looking trendy). (BTW, I've begun -- slowly -- collecting the occasional button or buttons I happen to find at flea markets and bizarres. And so it begins...)
review 2: I had seen this on Craft’s blog, and was exited about it, but it didn’t really live up to my expectations. Some of the projects were cute, but other than the magnets, there weren’t really any I’d do. Many were embellishments, and while they were cute, a shirt with buttons on it is just a shirt with buttons on it. It also stressed vintage buttons a little too much for my tastes. Yes, vintage buttons are great, but not all of us have or inherited stashes. I’m glad I got it through ILL and didn’t buy it when my library didn’t have it. less
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Good 'ole crafty fun. Who doesn't love them some cute buttons.
Great projects for using different buttons in various ways.
Cute little projects to try!
TCLIB 745.584 BEAL
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