I am always looking for ways to use buttons and tatting together and decided it was best to put into action an idea that I have had for a long time now. This is the result.
Each of the brooches uses (apart from the tatting) two buttons a bead and a finding at the back. I hope you can see that there is a smaller button just beneath the bead. The only glue used is the finding on the back otherwise everything is sewn on.
A closer look!
Now the only disadvantage is that when the finding is lined up at the back to correspond to one of the holes in the button (for assembling) it is not central, but I don't think this makes that much difference to the overall appearance
The pattern I used is here Jane's Mother of Pear Tatted buttons, I just added a few extra beads at the tips. Fortunately I do have some large buttons but I have also been looking in charity shops for others as my own supply is quite limited. I also found that solid coloured thread works best, not variegated.
The brooches look very effective when worn and I hope to make a lot more before Christmas!