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Beate Schmitz is an avid seamstress who is also a crocheter, designer, accomplished illustrator, writer and teacher. In the past, Beate has worked for publishers such as the Oz/Christophorus Group in Germany and is now a resident seamstress and teacher at the 'Sewing Room'; a workshop which teaches the basics of sewing to amateur and aspiring designers based in Freiburg, Germany.
January 2015 I have to say this is a fantastic book! As a crafter, crocheter & knitter I love buttons. I don't know why but I haven't made many buttons in the past but I know I'll be making a lot in the future. Why worry about finding buttons for your next project when you can make them so they'll match exactly and be a unique addition to your project. This book teaches you loads of different techniques to make multiple different designs. The other brilliant thing about this book is with the techniques you learn you can then design your own buttons. As they say the world will be your oyster! The book is packed full of beautifully descriptive pictures, diagrams and instructions. Everything is clear and easy to understand. Whether you are a beginner or just wanting to learn more techniques you are sure to learn so much from this book. The use of colours is amazing but you don't need to worry if you like plainer buttons. All you need to do is just alter the colour mix to your choice. You learn how to make all sorts of shapes and styles of buttons. The step by step instructions are clear and with the clear pictures as well they are easy to follow. I can't believe so much has been packed into this book! You'll be making buttons for years to come and with a professional look and finish that will make you the envy of all your crafty friends. I love this book! It offers so much for any crafter. Why don't you check it out and start making your own personal buttons. To read more reviews like this see www.crochetaddictuk.com * Crochet Addict UK * June 2015 If you've never thought about creating your own buttons in the past, then this book will definitely change your mind. Why spend time hunting down the perfect buttons for you project, when you can make them so they'll match exactly and they'll be unique too. How to make beautiful buttons teachers you loads of different techniques using clear, easy-to-follow steps. Plus the photography is gorgeous, and will leave you wanting to dive straight into your first project. With this beautiful book you'll be making professional looking buttons in no time. * Love to Make * March 2015 A button for your thoughts? German crafter Schmitz has used a cornucopia of needlework techniques in crafting buttons as well as closures like "monkey's fists" (we call them "frogs" in the U.S.)-whether the foundation is from scratch or atop button covers, antique or old buttons, even driftwood. In fact, she includes more than buttons, adding such items as furniture knobs, felt (and other) backings, and roll-ups (think book screws used as drawer pulls). Directions for approximately 40 types of buttons feature illustrations and materials, albeit in a somewhat helter-skelter manner, with upfront chapter lists that don't indicate any specific content. The confusion extends to particular patterns; it's difficult to figure out-because of layout and lack of labeling-which belongs to what. Nonetheless, it's a wonderfully creative approach to a pedestrian aspect of our clothing; her cartoon templates alone are worthy of any needle artist. * Booklist *