Just a quickie, to brag very loudly about having a tutorial published in Make and Craft magazine. I've posted photos and links below.
The tutorial shows you how to make a Grindle button, which are nothing to do with Dorset buttons as far as anyone knows, but are made in a very similar way. They're great fun and have all sorts of uses, both decorative and practical. By the way, I met a very nice lady recently from the Lace Society who told me that Tenerife lace is made using the same stitching technique as Dorset buttons. I'm going to have a jolly good play (I've been reading WW2 books again and it's affecting my vocabulary) and see how many different buttons I can come up with using Tenerife lace techniques.