Embroidered pin-back buttons

Using the embroidery machine to sew death-head moths

Using the embroidery machine to sew death-head moths

At the maker space they have a number of pin-back button maker machines and the components to put together buttons.  Generally people bring their own printed artwork for pins, or tear pictures out of magazines to make mini-collages. I thought it might be interesting to use the buttons and combine them with machine embroidery.

I couldn’t totally decide which of my recent embroidered designs to use, but selected a death-head moth I had recently embroidered and really liked. I stitched it out to fit a 3″ button, (well actually two of them), traced around the motif using the acetate cover that is usually used over the paper artwork to get the perfect size, cut them out, removed the stabilizer from the back, and then took the fabric to the button makers.

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RAM Vikings – Pins, keys, and rings

Display of pins, rings, and keys from the RAM exhibit

Display of pins, rings, and keys from the RAM exhibit

Today’s post from the Royal Alberta Museum Viking display from Denmark is from a display with a number of trefoil brooches, penannular brooches, pins, rings, and keys. I’m not entirely sure what the common element is between all of these – other than things made of (mostly) bronze, worn as personal adornment.

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