My great-grandpa Socrat owned a dry-cleaning business starting in the late 1920s here in Los Angeles. He also did alterations during that time. Grandpa Socrat passed when I was in Kindergarten so I didn’t know him well, but I hear he was a great, kind man.
A few weeks ago, my Grandma Ethel (his daughter) told me she had a bunch of his buttons from the old days. I immediately told her I wanted them if she would part with them. Lucky for me, she was happy to!
Here are a few of my favorites.
Clear with blue rhinestone:
Clear and purple flower:
You can see the rest of the most interesting buttons here.
It just so happens I am knitting my Grandma Ethel a capelet for her birthday. It’s based on Edith Eig’s Pink Mohair Capelet from her book Mother of Purl.
I am completely done with the knitting part. All it needs is a button or snap closure for the front.
I would love to use one of his buttons and I am trying to decide what to use. Vote for your favorite in the comments!
#1 – Purple (it’s pink enough to work) flower from above
#2 – Rhinestone Button (not sure it’s big enough, but I could try)
#3 – Pink Button (this is actually shiny on the flat part)
#4 – Pink Pearl-Finish Button
Help me decide! I’ll be giving the finished piece to her on Tuesday, August 10, 2010 so I’ll tally up the votes and make a decision that Monday morning. Thanks for your help!