However on a quick glance, I spotted this interesting display. (and I apologize for not noting the artist's name)
I've been using buttons on my work for 30 years....but never to this extreme!
Star Bright #2 12.5" x 12.5" Mary Stori © 2011
The buttons are a combination of antique and contemporary. After stitching the buttons in place, beads are stitched from hole to hole, providing a very polished look to the overall design. The entire background features random "chicken scratching' hand embroidery.
Beaded edging stitching has been a trademark of mine for years. This type of treatment can be used on the edge (binding) or to create the illusion of a inner border. It helps to frame the center design and adds unexpected details.
More button embellished pieces can be found here.