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Saturday, March 27, 2010

Feeling Stitchy Button Swap

Feeling Stitchy organized an embroidered button swap last month, and gave me a partner to swap with (you can find her at Chicory Nits).

My partner told me she liked color, so I knew I'd be using lots of bright shades, but it took me a little longer to settle on the designs. I decided to take my inspiration from Taíno petroglyphs and other pre-Columbian designs (my mom gave me an old book of hers a while back, filled with nothing but pre-conquest Mexican motifs). The results:
From left to right, top to bottom: the Taíno symbol for water, my interpretation of a Taíno sun motif, the Taíno coquí, a Taíno baby, another motif combining different elements, and a version of a pre-Columbian Mexican flower.

The buttons I received:
So exciting! I especially love the lower left one, the heart and arrow on fabric with writing. Maybe I'll make some kind of valentiny, vintagy thing with it. The bigger buttons I think will make great ornaments, layered onto wool felt.

In addition we exchanged a little chocolate and some craft supplies and notions. Fun!


  1. Hi,

    I so love the buttons you sent me. I can tell you worked so hard because I see the detail in the work that you did. My kids love the frog. I don't know which is my favorite because they are all lovely. I do love the baby though. I am impressed that you took the time to interpret the Taino symbols. I do not think I am at the level of embroidery that you are. You are so talented and I deeply appreciate the time and vision you put in these. I will be posting your buttons on my blog.
    Love and hugs,
    PS I am attempting 39 squares albeit a little late.

  2. Thanks for the lovely compliments, and i love your buttons too!