Well, that’s my Bernina, off to be serviced. See you in a week, little fella.
Distractions, distractions, need distractions… How about a giveaway?
Did you know that it’s National Button Day today? Yup, turns out that there’s a day for everything, even buttons. Which gives me a great opportunity to share this book with you guys.
The Button Box is a lovely social history from Lynn Knight via the medium of buttons. No, really! It looks at different aspects of women’s lives down the decades, from domesticity to derring-do, war time uniforms to childhood teas. Each chapter is inspired by a button the author finds in her inherited button box. Gorgeous concept, isn’t it? And it’s a really gorgeous read.
Did you know:
- The introduction of the zip democratised evening dresses. Why? You no longer needed the help of a servant to pull on your floor-length gown.
- In the early 20th century, the number of bones you had in your corset became a status symbol. A lady might aspire to a 28-bone corset.
- The linen button was the humblest button of all, worn by colliery and factory men and their wives. Why? It survived the mangle, unlike mother of pearl.
This book is also a social history of Chesterfield in Derbyshire, the author’s home town – and mine. Which means I can’t quite bear to give away my hardback copy of this book. But I’ll happily give away a paperback edition!
Leave a comment below by midnight GMT Saturday 18 November, and your name shall be thrown into the hat. As ever, this competition is open worldwide.
Happy Button Day!