I bought some buttons and bits and bobs from MacCulloch & Wallis online store last night. I must say out of all the other online haberdashery type stores I’ve visited online, this is head and shoulders above the rest. Large variety of interesting stock, easy to navigate and use. Only shame was that they slapped on £8 for postage at the last minute, which seems a tad expensive for delivering a bunch of buttons to the other side of London.
They’ve been around since 1902, their store is Mayfair, sounds quite interesting, will have to pay it a visit next time I’m in town.
Collecting buttons has been one of the most popular hobbies of all times. Buttons can be used for a variety of purposes, right from holding a coat secure, to card-making and appliqué-work. But most importantly buttons add a touch of beauty and colour to life. Buttons are one of those little joys that create life delightful.
Some museums and art galleries hold culturally, historically, politically, and/or artistically significant buttons in their collections.
The Victoria & Albert Museum has many buttons, particularly
in its jewellery collection, as does the Smithsonian Institution.
Hammond Turner & Sons, a button-making company in Birmingham, hosts an online museum with an image gallery and historical button-related articles, including an 1852 article on button-making by Charles Dickens. In the USA, large button collect are on public display at The Waterbury Button Museum of Waterbury, Connecticut, and the Keep Homestead Museum of Monson, Massachusetts, which also hosts an extensive online button archive.
Early button history
Buttons and button-like objects used as ornaments or seals rather than fasteners have been discovered in the Indus Valley Civilization during its Kot Diji phase (circa 2800-2600 BCE) as well as Bronze Age sites in China (circa 2000-1500 BCE), and Ancient Rome.
Buttons made from seashell were used in the Indus Valley Civilization for ornamental purposes by 2000 BCE. Some buttons were carved into geometric shapes and had holes pierced into them so that they could be attached to clothing with thread. Ian McNeil (1990) holds that: “The button, in fact, was originally used more as an ornament than as a fastening, the earliest known being found at Mohenjo-daro in the Indus Valley. It is made of a curved shell and about 5000 years old.”
Functional buttons with buttonholes for fastening or closing clothes appeared first in Germany in the 13th century. They soon became widespread with the rise of snug-fitting garments in 13th- and 14th-century Europe.
Have to agree with the last comment, Oh sew crafty is a great site for haberdashery and all related crafts.
There’s a new online haberdashery store http://www.ohsewcrafty.co.uk. They’ve got a massive stock and postage is only a standard £1.50. It’s a new site but they’ve been in the business for years, based in the midlands.
Dear Sir or Madam,
Please can you tell me whether you sell self-cover BUCKLES (for a summer dress belt), and if so whether an order can be shipped to Europe.
I was wandering if you could help me.
I am currently working on a campaign for a high street retailer. We are going to be customising 200 t-shirts in 10 different locations and days and are looking for easy to apply (as little sewing as possible, iron on, punch on etc would be great) customising things, for example;
Lace – different colours and patterns – black, white, neon etc
Pyramid studs, regular studs – different types of metal
Rivets – different sizes and metals
Fringing – different colours
We are looking to work towards a budget of £2,000. Would you be able to put together a pack of these assortments to this budget that you think would be a sufficient amount to customise 2000 T-shirts?
Many thanks and I look forward to hearing from you as soon as possible,