Button Pictures

This amuses me more than I can describe.
I love fences, and I love pumpkins (no idea why),
and I have saved these buttons for ages.

Finally made a project with them-
and it is even finished in time for Autumn:)
The small jute bag was $3.99 @JoAnn's.
I used a blunt cross-stitch needle for stitching.
The tree is felt, and put on with a brown floss running stitch.
The same floss is used for outline stitching the horizon line.
Orange and white thread tacked on the buttons.
Then I backed the inside of the bag with Washi Tape, (so my stitches won't catch on anything inside my new tote.)
Designing Details:
Begin with the larger elements in the picture, then placement of the smaller bits will be simple.
Plan to include a horizon line, otherwise your art will be floating in space.
Dark colors recede, and seem farther away, creating depth of field in your picture.
Remember to included negative space too- don't feel like you have to fill up every open area.
Shank buttons provide an opportunity for layering.
Your beautiful buttons will each stand out, and your picture will have more interest, if you work to alternate:
RHQ Etsy:  There are 35 buttons in this collage. We added themed sets of 35 buttons to our Etsy Studio shop, in case you'd like to make one too.  Assorted sets include orange, pink and pastel (in case you'd prefer a springtime tree.) More buttons are available in our Vintage Treasures section. Enjoy!


  1. That is adorable! Fun with buttons!

    1. Thank you, Gretchen! Maybe I'll try 4 seasons button-scapes handbags, LOL just to play with buttons, of course;)


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