Saturday, 23 November 2013


Dorset button making workshop

Learn to make Dorset buttons at Artisan Community Art Studio and discover the history of this 400 year old heritage craft. They make wonderful Xmas presents!

ON Saturday 7th December from 10.00 – 12.00

Dorset Buttons History
The Dorset button industry begin in early 1600’s

By Abraham Case from Shaftsbury

Started with the Dorset High top – used on men’s waistcoats

Then a Dorset Knob -  a flattened version of the High Top

A softer button made for children’s garments called the Birds Eye

A family called Singleton worked for Abraham Case  and a button called the Singleton was created

The last technique to appear (1700)  was the Crosswheel

Dorset buttons was a cottage industry

By the 1780s, around 4,000 women and children were employed making buttons.

 Examples can be seen in museums across Dorset

 The industry died out with the invention of button machines and button factories in the 1850’s

Dorset Button making has been revived in recent years by crafters

As well as traditional Dorset buttons crafters are now creating contemporary versions

Dorset buttons are handmade from fabric, embroidery floss or yarn, wrapped around a round -shaped base usually a brass curtain ring.

Artisan Community Art Studio

1005 Wimborne Rd




10 places available. All materials provided.
To book your place please phone 
Pauline on 07729 829 029  


We are open in our lovely new premises with a beautiful courtyard garden and are halfway through our Autumn timetable. 

The Home Educated children's art class is going really well as is the Adult Contemporary Printing.  Printing press arrives this week!

On a Wednesday afternoon we have a lovely group of adults  with a learning disability making some beautiful Xmas crafts.

The Flying Needles - drop in knit and stitch started this week and we welcome all the lovely creative ladies who came and we enjoyed some very large pieces of cake from the community cafe next door! £1.50 for tea and  home-made cake!

Just compiling timetable of art, craft and textile workshops for January
(take a look at the January Timetable Page) 
with 3 more wonderful Bournemouth artists joining the Artisan team
Leah Watts teaching textilesTrish Jubb teaching drawingand Hilary Guess teaching watercolours.
Welcome ladies and look forward to working with you! 
We would really like to host some professional practice events for artists in 2014 - what would you like?
Would people like life drawing sessions in Moordown?

Donations of art, craft and textiles items gratefully received. 

Other things happening in Jan 2014 at the centre at 1005 Wimborne Rd are Yoga, Tai Chi, African Drumming, Saturday morning family bread making classes.