Originating in the seventeenth century—when men's fashion trends necessitated larger buttons than the simple toggles made by tailors—Dorset buttons were first produced by sheep farmers in Dorset County, England. Made by wrapping yarn around a ring, these practical and handsome buttons spawned the handmade button industry, which remained a popular trade until the industrial revolution. In the footsteps of these pioneering craftsmen, Linda Perry fashions Dorset buttons in the traditional "cartwheel" style, using yarn from Scotland. For Bas Bleu's customers, she's fastened the flower-resembling piece to a metal bookmark, which is then affixed to a 3½"x5" note card, so you can send something very special to a beloved correspondent. As each is handmade, colors on the buttons may vary from the photo, but all are cheerful and beautiful! A story card on the back explains the history of the buttons, and a mailing envelope is included. Extra postage required.