by Dana Reeser
Or more correctly, who made the button? Lil’ Duchie never played “button button” so she didn’t get the reference, but this is Lil’ Duchie’s Lady Mother writing to you good ladies and gents today, and it is I who made the buttons – all 25 of them. Long ago, before husband and children, I did embroidery, crewel work and needlepoint. Since James’ :ubersexlich suit obviously required :ubersexlich buttons, I happily volunteered to take up needle, hoop and thimble once more.
Design and preparation proved to be the most time-consuming part of the project. My second design of four crossed lines with French knots in the middle proved to work quite nicely. The button pattern on the back of the button package is a half circle. By taping two together and cutting out the middle, I was able to make my own template which I traced onto the back of the fabric.
The most difficult part was working with metallic embroidery floss which is an absolute ***** to thread onto the needle. I used the strand of floss undivided for a lush appearance. This also allowed me to work the design very quickly. As you can see, the backs of the buttons are rather unsightly…
…but the the right sides are lovely, if I do say so myself.
Each button was then wrapped in its embroidered velvet circle and stuffed into the little rubber thing.
A few hearty whacks with the hammer and Voila!….
:Ubersexlich buttons! You’re very welcome, Duchie. Thank you for letting me be a small part of your wonderful project.