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Buttons.  I dare you to say the word and not smile!  Buttons are little bits of world history embodied in miniature works of art.  They are easy to find, inexpensive to acquire and everyone can relate to them.   My name is Jill Gorski and I am a Buttonologist.  I have written two books about buttons; Warman's Buttons Field Guide and Busy with Buttons; Save, Stitch, Create and Share.  I have two lecture topics that your group can choose from:

Buttonology 101

Topics covered by this program might include any or all of the following:

  • Brief button history
  • Fun facts about buttons
  • Button material identification tips, using actual buttons for visual aides
  • How to clean and care for buttons
  • Are your buttons worth a lot of money?  The difference between worth and value.
  • How to find and join button clubs and societies

Time permitting, we will cover some of these topics:

  • Choosing the proper projects for your buttons (as opposed to buttons for your project)
  • Solutions for common button problems (buttons falling off garments, buttonhole problems, how to dress up the buttons on your purchased garments, etc.)
  • Ways to use and attach your buttons that will preserve them, be attractive and secure.
  • Show how to create one (or more) button embellished projects as shown in Busy With Buttons
  • Show projects from Busy With Buttons for inspiration.


Button Bonanza

Topics covered by this program might include any or all of the following:

  • How to look at your art through "Button Colored Glasses"
  • View a Powerpoint presentation of Button Art by various artists worldwide.
  • Choosing the proper projects for your buttons (as opposed to buttons for your project)
  • Solutions for common button problems (buttons falling off garments, buttonhole problems, how to dress up the buttons on your purchased garments, etc.)
  • Ways to use and attach your buttons that will preserve them, be attractive and secure.
  • Show how to create one (or more) button embellished projects as shown in Busy With Buttons
  • Show projects from Busy With Buttons for inspiration.

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