Portland, OR 2022 Art and Soul Workshops

Workshop Details

Helene Knott
6:30 - 9:30
Wed Eve March 16

Hand Stitched Button Medallions

$ 95  


If you sew, sooner or later you end up with stray buttons. They may be a couple left over from a garment project or something you inherited from your grandmother’s sewing basket; some quilters actually collect unusual or antique buttons. Most of the time, you end up with an assortment of different buttons that don’t match. What to do with them? They can be worked into lovely embroidered medallions with stitches that embrace each button in a delicate detailed frame hand embroidered on a ground of felt or wool. The resulting stitched medallions can be assembled into a small quilt, worked into other projects or simply enjoyed for their own beauty. Though they appear intricate, the embroidery is made up of simple compounded stitches.

NOTE: There will be a kit available from the instructor for $25 the kit includes
all the materials underlined and marked with an asterisk; students will need to bring all the other supplies listed
Please be courteous to others by arriving for class with the correct supplies. Contact me at 503-631-8806 or
helene.m.knott@gmail.com if you have any questions 

Materials Fee $25 paid at beginning of class includes:

Wool or wool felt Squares : pieces of wool or wool felt that measure about 6” square.
Embroidery stabilizer 
Chalk marking pencil 
Buttons  : A selection of buttons to choose from
Embroidery floss  6-strand or pearl cotton in a variety of colors.
Hand sewing needle  : A crewel embroidery needle

Supplies Needed  to bring for Class:

Heavy Sewing thread (optional): To attach the buttons, polyester thread will be more durable than cotton.

Embroidery Scissors
Other Incidental Supplies: You may or may not need these things; they are mainly for comfort.
Lighting: additional lighting may be helpful; a portable Ott light would be appropriate.
Magnifier: If your eyes are getting weak, a magnifier that clamps to the table will be very helpful. Some even come lighted.
Extension cords and plug strips (if bringing additional lighting): check to see if these will be provided or if it’s advisable to bring your own.
A Pillow: Many venues have less than comfortable chairs, a pillow may help