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  • Dorset Button Trimmed Bib, Brown and Khaki, B2

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  • Dorset Button Trimmed Bib, Camper Van Beige, B8

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  • Dorset Button Trimmed Toddler Slippers, age 12 - 18 m, Brown and Khaki, S2

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  • Dorset Button Trimmed Toddler Slippers, age 12 - 18 m, Camper Van Beige, S8

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  • 10 x 12mm Hollow Brass Rings for Traditional Dorset Button Making

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  • 10 x 15mm Hollow Brass Rings for Traditional Dorset Button Making

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  • 10 x 18mm Hollow Brass Rings for Traditional Dorset Button Making

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  • 10 x 21mm Hollow Brass Rings for Traditional Dorset Button Making

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  • Dorset Button Cuff Links, Golden Brown

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  • Dorset Button Cuff Links, Light Blue

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  • Dorset Button Key Ring, Stone

    Dorset Button Key Ring, Stone

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  • Vintage Style Dorset Button Posy Brooch, Blues

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  • Dorset Button Necklace, Springtime

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  • Dorset Button Hair Clips, Pair, Pale Pink

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  • Dorset Button Hair Clips, Pair, Shell Pink

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  • Dorset Button Flower Pattern Kit, Coral, Ecru and Orange F4

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  • Set of 5, 18 mm, Dorset Cross Wheel Buttons, Yarrells, Ivory, D4

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  • Set of 5, 18 mm, Dorset Cross Wheel Buttons, Yarrells, Dusky Pink, D1

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  • Hand Made Dorset Crosswheel Button, Spiral Pattern, Grey, 32mm

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  • Hand Made Dorset Crosswheel Button,  Double Daisy Pattern, Blue, 32mm

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  • Beaded Dorset Button Brooch, Primrose and Pale Lavender, B18

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  • Beaded Dorset Button Brooch, Greys and Red, B16

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  • Beaded Dorset Button Brooch, Lime and Lavender, B12

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  • Dorset Button County Colours

    Dorset Button County Colours

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  • Beaded Dorset Button Brooch, Greens, B7

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  • Dorset Posy Brooch Kit, Green Stems with Tropical Flowers P9

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  • Dorset Posy Brooch Kit, Green Stems with Orange Yellow Flowers P11

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  • Dorset Posy Brooch Kit, Green Stems with Pinky Mauve Flowers P12

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  • Dorset Posy Brooch Kit, Cedar Green Stems with Dark Pink Flowers P16

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  • Dorset Posy Brooch Kit, Olive Green Stems with Blue Flowers P19

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  • Kit to Make a Beaded Dorset Button Brooch, Daisy Design Mustard and White, BD1

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  • Kit to Make a Dorset Singleton Button in Liberty Print ‘Mark’

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  • Kit to Make a Dorset Singleton Button in Liberty Print ‘Wiltshire Berry’

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  • Kit to Make a Dorset Singleton Button in Liberty Print ‘Mitsi’

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  • Kit to Make a Dorset Singleton Button in Liberty Print ‘Elysian’

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  • Kit to Make a Dorset Singleton Button in Liberty Print ‘Carline Rose’

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  • Kit to Make a Dorset Singleton Button in Liberty Print ‘Mirabelle’

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  • Kit to Make a Dorset Singleton Button in Liberty Print ‘Bourton’

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  • Kit to Make a Dorset Singleton Button in Liberty Print ‘Ros’

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  • Dorset Posy Brooch Kit, Primrose Stems with Orange Flowers P24

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  • Dorset Posy Brooch Kit, White Stems with Blue Flowers P22

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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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  • Hand Made Dorset Crosswheel Button,  Double Daisy Pattern, White, 32mm

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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 Earrings, Purple

    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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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, special smocked children's clothing 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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