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  • Dorset Posy Brooch Kit, White Stems with Pale Blue Flowers P21

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  • Dorset Posy Brooch Kit, Green Stems with Red Flowers P20

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  • Dorset Posy Brooch Kit, Green Stems with Magenta Flowers P19

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  • Dorset Posy Brooch Kit, Grey Blue Stems with Light Blue Flowers P8

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  • Dorset Posy Brooch Kit, Brown Stems with Natural Flowers P4

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  • Dorset Posy Brooch Kit, White Stems with Blue Flowers P1

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  • Dorset Posy Brooch Kit, Green Stems with Blue Flowers P15

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  • Dorset Posy Brooch Kit, Green Stems with Purple Flowers P11

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  • Hand Made Dorset Crosswheel Button, Spiral Pattern, Pale Jade, 32mm

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  • Set of 7, 12 mm, Traditional Dorset Singleton Buttons, S9

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  • Set of 7, 12 mm, Traditional Dorset Singleton Buttons, S12

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  • Set of 7, 12 mm, Traditional Dorset Singleton Buttons, S10

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  • Set of 5, 18 mm, Traditional Dorset Singleton Buttons, S3

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  • Set of 5, 18 mm, Traditional Dorset Singleton Buttons, S6

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  • Set of 5, 18 mm, Traditional Dorset Singleton Buttons, S2

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  • Set of 5, 18 mm, Dorset Cross Wheel Buttons, Chain Edge, Pink, D2

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  • Set of 6,15 mm, Traditional Dorset Singleton Buttons, S8

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  • Set of 6,15 mm, Traditional Dorset Singleton Buttons, S7

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  • Set of 6,15 mm, Traditional Dorset Singleton Buttons, S5

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  • Set of 5, 18 mm, Dorset Cross Wheel Buttons, Pale Blue, D5

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  • Dorset Singleton Button Hair Elastic Band, Liberty Print ‘Thorpe’

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  • Dorset Button Reading Glasses Holder, Straw

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  • Dorset Button Medley Brooch, Red

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  • Beaded Dorset Button Brooch, Pastels and Purple, B8

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  • Beaded Dorset Button Brooch, Pastels and Turquoise, B17

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  • Dorset Button Reading Glasses Holder, Red

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  • Dorset Button Reading Glasses Holder, Crimson

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  • Dorset Button Reading Glasses Holder, Pink and Blue

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  • Dorset Button Reading Glasses Holder, Pink and Orange

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  • Dorset Button Reading Glasses Holder, Green, Yellow and Blue

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  • Dorset Button Trimmed Toddler Slippers, age 12 - 18 m, Blue and Cream, S1

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  • Hand Smocked and Beaded Acid Yellow Silk Hair Clip, H16

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  • Dorset Button Earrings, Scarlet

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  • Dorset Button Earrings, Purple

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  • Set of Dorset Button Stitch Markers for Crochet or Knitting, Pale Green, Violet

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  • Set of Dorset Button Stitch Markers for Crochet or Knitting, White and Pink

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  • Dorset Posy Brooch, Dark Green with Yellows, P5

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  • Kit to Make a Dorset Singleton Button in Liberty Print ‘Poppy and Honesty’

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  • Kit to Make a Dorset Singleton Button in Liberty Print ‘Poppy and Honesty’

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  • Kit to Make a Dorset Singleton Button in Liberty Print ‘Poppy and Daisy’

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  • Kit to Make a Dorset Singleton Button in Liberty Print ‘Poppy and Daisy’

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  • Liberty Print Dorset Singleton Button Brooch, ‘Eliza’s’, Orange

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  • Dorset Button Earrings, Singletons with Liberty ‘Garden of Temptation’, Pink

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  • Dorset Button Earrings, Singletons with Liberty ‘Garden of Temptation’, Blue

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  • Kit to Make a Statement Dorset Button, Spiral Design, Apricot

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  • Kit to Make a Statement Dorset Button, Spiral Design, Sea Green

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  • Kit to Make a Statement Dorset Button, Spiral Design, Green

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  • Kit to Make a Statement Dorset Button, Spiral Design, White

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  • Kit to Make a Statement Dorset Button, Double Daisy Design, Red

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  • Kit to Make a Statement Dorset Button, Double Daisy Design, Bright Pink

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  • Kit to Make a Statement Dorset Button, Double Daisy Design, Turquoise

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  • Kit to Make a Statement Dorset Button, Double Daisy Design, Orange

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  • Kit to Make a Statement Dorset Button, Basket Weave Design, White

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  • Kit to Make a Statement Dorset Button, Basket Weave Design, Blue

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  • Kit to Make a Statement Dorset Button, Basket Weave Design, Pink

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  • Dorset Button Earrings, Light Blue

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  • Smocked Slip Covered Sketchbook or Journal, Yellow Floral

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  • Smocked Slip Covered Sketchbook or Journal, Pink and Blue Floral

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  • Smocked Slip Covered Sketchbook or Journal, Multi Colour

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  • Kit to Make a Dorset Singleton Button in Liberty Print ‘Poppy and Daisy’

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About Rosalind Atkins - Smocking and Dorset Buttons

Rosalind Atkins - Smocking and Dorset Buttons

Traditional hand smocking and Dorset button making brought to contemporary usage.

I am a Dalmatian owning crafter lucky to live in a village close to Dorchester in beautiful West Dorset. I've been interested in all sorts of crafts since I was a small child and I was always fiddling with fabric, threads and wool. My granny, who lived upstairs, was very encouraging as was my mother who was also very practical. I knitted from an early age and made my own clothes too.
My career path took me into science, namely medical research and then education but I always returned to my love of craft. I particularly love embroidery and found smocking satisfied the scientific side of my brain with the geometric patterns that can be produced. Smocking is a very old embroidery technique where the stitches are worked on the top of regularly gathered pleats, giving the fabric weight and elasticity. It is a very time consuming process that requires good light and concentration. I've been smocking for nearly 30 years and teaching others the traditional skills for at least 15 years. Recently I have started teaching a more freestyle smocking course to introduce the techniques to a new generation of embroiderers and have produced some simple kits as well.
It was making a traditional smock that introduced me to the delightful and historical Dorset buttons and now I am equally passionate about these. In fact when my son was small we spent a lot of time visiting hospital for out patient appointments and being able to take my button tin with me probably kept me sane! Dorset buttons were first made in the county in the 17th century and formed an important part of the local economy. They were made at home by women and children. Many types were produced with such evocative names as High Tops, Dorset Knobs, Singletons, Grindles, Bird's eyes and all the variations on the Dorset Cross wheel. The industry had virtually collapsed by the time of the Great Exhibition in 1851 when machines were developed that could produce buttons. I teach all levels of button work from beginners to advanced where complex patterns are involved and beads can be introduced. Whilst I make sets of buttons, I also create unique and original items featuring them which make lovely gifts.
Each year I try to enter my smocks and button work into the annual Dorset Arts and Crafts Association exhibition and have been pleased to win trophies and awards on numerous occasions.
Over the years I have developed a range of items that feature smocking and Dorset buttons which I have sold at local craft shows and now from my shop on Folksy. I also undertake commissions for full size traditional smocks as well as buttons. Some of my tiny crosswheel buttons have been seen on the shirt worn by Ross Poldark in the BBC costume drama! Recently I was thrilled to have one of my Dorset Posy Brooches featured in LandScape magazine.
Please visit my website www.rosatkinssmockingdorsetbuttons.co.uk for further information.

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    Reviewed by Ruth

    Perfect for my needs. Arrived very quickly.

    Reviewed by Elizabeth Baker

    Thankyou for the propmt delivery of this beautiful button, it is just what I wanted for our new dauhter in law Alice to put inside her wedding dress in September.
    Andrewe our son and Alice live in Silverton, Exeter. The button is just as seen and described in the picture, and would like to thank Rosalind, it is so pretty. Alice was actually born in Dorset, so I think it is very fitting, this is where the button is from. Many thanks again, will be ordering more from Folksy, it's a fabulour buisness, and will be recommending to friends and family.

    Reviewed by debbiepalmer

    Great booklet, many thanks, very easy to follow instructions