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Day 5: Italian Star #onebuttonaday by Gina Barrett

For twelfth night, a button based on one that dates from the time of Shakespeare

Name: Italian Star
Type: Needlework
Materials: Turned, domed wooden mould (No 78) 5x10mm / Silk twist (foundation) / Silver plated super twist (decoration)
Source: This button is a possible reconstruction of the buttons on this knitted jacket, circa 1600-1620, origin possibly Italian, and now in the Victorian & Albert Museum (Mus. No. 473-1893). My version uses slightly different threads - the original has a foundation of metal thread as well as the decorative work.

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