Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Embellish the Story - 2KCBWDAY3 / 2KCBWDAY8


Embellishments come in all types and forms. Some are more than purely decorative and form a practical function – pretty buttons are as much part of holding a garment together as mere decoration, and some are just there to give a piece an extra ‘something’. Blog about an embellishment, be it a zipper, amigurumi eyes or applique patch which you are either saving to use or have in the past used to decorate a project with. Write about whether you are a very minimalist kind of knitter with classic lines and timeless plain knits or whether you love all the bells and whistles or sticking sewing and otherwise attaching decoration to your pieces.

I've chosen the wildcard topic for today because I neither have tidy stitches nor a tidy mind.

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These buttons were a birthday gift from a good friend. They're pretty awesome and crazy, but what do I do with them? Truth be told, I'm a really boring dresser. I'm a bit scared to use wild buttons, thinking they might be distracting, or make the garment less versatile. This is probably also why I find myself drawn to monochromatic colour combinations. When confronted with crazy buttons, I want to put them in the button box to stare at longingly, but I'm stumped when it comes to using them.

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Still, I really want to use these buttons for something and break out of my boring button use. Ten buttons is enough for a cardigan, and the buttons are large enough that I'd probably use a worsted/aran weight yarn to match. But what colour? What pattern?

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Ack, didn't realize how dusty the table was until just now. Oops.

What should I do with these buttons? What would you use them for?

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12 comments:

  1. those buttons are awesome, but it looks like it would be tough to find a pattern that could do them justice.
    it'd have to be something bursting with spring and colour, i would have to say.

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  2. I think a simple cardigan-- not too ruffly or girly-- in a color that picks out one of the colors in the floral pattern (like that red!) would be lovely... but if you can't find any use for them, you can always mail them to me ;)

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  3. What about as a design or decorative element on a knit or felted bag? I search under bag and buttons on Rav and there were a few cool ideas.

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  4. Those are lovely buttons! What about a solid colored cowl with some texture --one that buttons? I'd go for green if it were me. Or even a gold/yellow to match that little flower.

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  5. I LOVE those buttons. I feel like they should be the focal point of whatever you do...the yarn simple and one color. Maybe a simple cardigan in a light blue to go with the flower?

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  6. Those buttons are adorable. If you can't figure out what to do with them, I'd be happy to take them off your hands ;)

    I find that the simpler something is, the wilder you can make the buttons and still get away with it. You could match whatever element appeals most to you, then knit a buttonhole swatch (a chore, I know) out of the yarn you want to use to see if they fit through...

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  7. Oh, those buttons are too cute! I agree, a cardigan would be awesome!

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  8. Oh how I love buttons!
    My vote is for a cotton cardi for spring or maybe a buttoned cowl.

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  9. So beautiful! I think they would look great with a simple cardigan pattern in an understated color. Red would also be a gorgeous contrast.

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  10. Those are amazing buttons. I think I'd use them on a simple cardigan or make jewelry using them.

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  11. Those really are the prettiest buttons! They'd be perfect on a summer cardi!

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  12. I think they'd look great embellishing a cabled cushion cover sorta like this:-
    http://www.allaboutyou.com/craft/sewing-button-heart-pattern-cushion/v1

    definitely against a plain background.

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