March 9th, 2007 : Tying Buttons With A Figure 8 Knot
This is something you will want to know how to do whenever you are doing button tufting. My good friend and a great trimmer, Dan Dosemagen, Showed me how to do this ... and here's how:
This isn't pictured below, but you will have a finished loop button in the center of the string, situated on the top side of your work, with the two ends of the string passing through your project to the bottom side of your work -- ready to begin tying a Figure 8 Knot.
1. Working on the bottom side of your project, you will start by sliding a spare loop button (bottom half only) onto the string on the left, placing it up and out of your way, away from the knot-tying scene.
2. Cross the right-string over the left-string.
3. Then bring it under the left-string ... taking it to the right ... and under itself.
4. Then bring it over itself ... taking it to the left ... and over the left-string.
5. Finally, bring it under the left-string ... under the middle section of itself ... and over the lower section of itself.
6. Start snugging it up ...
7. ... tighten the knot and you're done.
Now that the knot is set, as you draw the end of the left-string tighter, you will draw the button down tighter and tighter into your work. The cool thing is that if you pull up on the button, it will not loosen ... it will only move in one direction -- tighter. Also, by placing the spare loop button (bottom half only) onto the left-string, it will stop your knot from passing through anything and will give you a more secure mounting for the end of the button strings. This Loop-Knot makes it real easy for you to tighten each of the buttons in your project to an even and consistent depth.