March 2019 - Buttons What do mussels, copper, coconuts, snake skin, gold, pearls, and china all have in common? They are materials of which buttons have been made. The first button was a closure on a Roman cloak, likely secured by a loop. The button hole was invented in the 13th century. Buttons were initially ornamentation that indicated the wealth of their owner rather than a functional closure device. The 1700-1900's were the golden age of the button with many being handcrafted works of art. The invention the zipper in 1903 and the world wars devastated the button industry when many of the finer materials became unavailable, followed by the invention of plastic. Iowa played an important role in the manufacturing of pearl buttons in the 1930-40s. Slide Show Historical data and buttons provided by Linda Beatty of Button Seekers, the Des Moines Button Club.
February 2019- Fabric Redistribution Bolts, bins, bags, boxes and bundles of fabric, notions, sewing supplies and member-made handcrafted items exchanged hands at the Fabric Redistribution (aka a garage sale). Twenty percent of the sales will support future programs. Fabric redistribution and sharing Slide Show. Pinterest as a Sewing Resource was presented by Diane. See a Pinterset board Shibori Dyeing.