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Dorset Button making with Wee Yarn Designs

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About the event

Dorset Button making began in the 1600s in Shaftsbury, Dorset. It became a thriving cottage industry promoting independence and security for many women and families. Sadly the introduction of the button making machine in 1851 caused the industry to go into decline.

Dorset Button making is now considered a heritage craft, and once mastered can be adapted to create everything from beautiful buttons to jewellery, and decorative art.

In this workshop participants are taken through the history of the Dorset Button and how it can be used today for embellishment, an item of jewellery, or a piece of art.

Textile Designer, Debbie McCann, will demonstrate how to make a simple cross wheel button and then guide the participants in the creation of a brooch, necklace, set of buttons or unique artwork to take home.


Where is it taking place?

The Craft Room Craft Shop
10 Castle Street
County Down
BT23 5DZ

Who is this suitable for?

This workshop is suitable for beginners from 12 years


The shop is on ground level with a disability access toilet

When is it taking place?

Thursday 31st August

Price and do you need to book?

£35, booking required. Book here or call the Craft Room.

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Additional information:

This event is a part of August Craft Month with Craft NI, Northern Ireland’s celebration of craft. Summer 2023 will mark the 17th annual August Craft Month with makers all across Northern Ireland getting involved.



All August Craft Month events are run independently by the event organisers. For questions regarding this event please contact the event organiser directly.

Event Details

Maker: Debbie McCann

Starts: Thu 31 Aug at 7:00 pm

Ends: Thu 31 Aug at 9:30 pm

Craft Type: Textile Making, and More

Event Location: Down

Event Type: Workshop

Price: £35