As I mentioned, I’m one sleeve, a collar, and button band away from being finished with my Boyden cardi. Usually at this point I’ve already picked out buttons* or at least I know exactly what I’m looking for in a set of buttons.
But not this time. For this sweater I have no idea what kind of buttons I want. And buttons can really make a sweater pop – like the orange ones on the blue Evendim from Twist Collective, or the row of tiny little buttons on Iolanthe.
So I’m looking for suggestions! I’m pretty sure I want medium sized buttons, something around 3/4 to 1 inch. I don’t want high contrast, but I don’t even know if I want them colored, brown, white? Or what material: pewter, clay, plastic, glass?? I think I need at least 5, but 7 would be better, and even 9 might not be bad.
Last night I rummaged through my button collection. These ones (from a button jar I picked up at a yard sale) are my favorites – of course I only have two:
The next ones are the right size and I have 7! But what you can’t see in this photo is that the gold swirl on them is a bit too shiny.
Shininess is the problem with these mother of pearl buttons from my button jar as well:
And while I really like the leaf imprint buttons they’re only half an inch which I’m afraid is too small. It might be ok if I had 9, but I only have these 5.
So all that remains in my stash are these horn buttons. They’re a good size, and I like the color. But I’m still not sure if 5 buttons is enough.
Do you put this kind of thought into buttons? Where do you like to find them? Got any good online sources you can recommend?
*Sometimes I pick out buttons before I pick out yarn…