Thanks sheepBlue, eldeflower, javaannie and alwaysinmyroom. I was wishing I could have bought a couple more pieces of the linen, but then I realized I could try to do something similar. I have a nice little book with needlework linen stitches very well explained, and I should really try to make something like this. It might be nice to make one from modern materials and put some of my newer(but still cool) buttons on it.
And alwaysinmyroom, I am making my niece a hoopla with her name spelled in buttons, so she can have a souvenir of the button discussion.