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Threads And Letters is a beautifully decorated venture into “stitching literature and textiles together”. This issue explores the history of buttons and their uses, both functional and kitsch, with a cheerful red button dangling from its pages for emphasis. Rebecca, who produced the zine, found herself inspired by the nostalgic quality of a biscuit tin stuffed tightly with buttons. She travelled to the Manchester Costume Gallery where she uncovered a wealth of button-related snippets, detailed here. (I feel as though I’ve used the word button too much here but “fastening device” sounded cold.) She also includes a list of similar-themed exhibitions across the world, examples of embroidery and stitching, and plenty of charming extra touches, such as her illustrated diagrams of little bat puppets and clown mice. A really nice example of a craft zine.