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Elegant Frogs

VenerableBead | Posted in General Discussion on

I remember seeing an article, but I can not remember where or when, on different kinds of elegant frogs and closings for jackets.  Some used buttons, bone or glass beads, and I remember a vaguely Asian look.  I am making a silk jacket and I need that article to give me inspiration on what and how to do one.  Because they were so elegant and original, I am almost sure they were in Threads.  Help please if anyone knows where to find this article.


The Venerable Bead


  1. starzoe | | #1

    There is a Threads Magazine index, look for frogs, buttons, embellishments. The index sometimes is a little quirky so it might take some digging, but I know it's in there.

    1. VenerableBead | | #2

      I tried the index and could not find it.  But I am sure it is there - someplace.  So if you see it, please let me know

      Venerable Bead

  2. cafms | | #3

    This is from the Threads library under embellishment and you can read it online. 

    Knotted Fabric Buttons and Beads
    Twists, turns, and glue transform leftover fabrics into unique, durable embellishments and closures
    — by Diane Ericson


    The Sewing Muse is also a good place to look for articles in Threads


    I found this article listed there if you have the issue.

    The Uncommon Closure
    By Lois Ericson
    How to button up with everything but an ordinary button
    May 1989 (Issue # 22)

    1. kbalinski | | #7

      Thanks for the thorough reply with links!  A great reference I emailed to myself for future use!


  3. stitchagain | | #4

    there is another discussion similar to this one in BUTTONS under Fabrics and Trims

  4. sewfar | | #5

    I haven't made frogs for years but I do remember something about inserting a thin wire into the bias tube to help the button keep its shape and also the wire ends help form the shank

    1. VenerableBead | | #6

      Good idea.  That is something I have not heard nor read.  I am begining to think the article I remembered is something my imagination created and that I am just going to have to drop back 40 and punt.


      The Venerable Bead

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