I was given this button for my birthday from Eleanor, my mum's friend and co-teacher at Dublin Creative Textiles - isn't it stunning?
This embroidery technique is called blackwork and it goes back to the Elizabethan era. It is basically black embroidery on white evenweave linen. The stitching is really precise and the tiny stitches are just so beautiful.
Now I just need to make something deserving enough that will show this off... Thanks Eleanor!