Reposted from @poppyyarnandfibre – My afternoon tea tastes better from @chasingfirestudio mugs. #communityovercompetition #supportlocal #albertamakers #fibrepeepsarethebestpeeps #handmade #poppyyarnandfibre #albertapottersassociation #cabledeverything – #regrann Posted by Intagrate Lite
The speckled buttons have found a loving home! They fit perfectly. Reposted from @neatnikyarns – This cowl took me about as long to make as it took to choose the perfect buttons @thefibrenook – one hour each! Such fantastic buttons care of @chasingfirestudio..Sea Glass on super bulky Xanadu Single-Ply. Such a dream to work up..#neatnikyarns #buttons #chasingfireceramics #buttonlove #lovebutton #ceramicbuttons #crochetcowl #madeinalberta #yarnaddict #bulkyyarn #chunkyyarn #indiedyedyarn #handdyedyarns #notions #bulkycowl Posted by Intagrate Lite
This is what 33% of the real life photos of my buttons look like. Cracks me up every time. Babies gonna be babies when mamas want to photograph their projects! At least baby slept while her mama shopped at The Fibre Shindig, which is really what counts. #Repost @planetannaknits・・・Don’t be fooled, she loves her new sweater! Yarn from @havenfibrearts and buttons from @chasingfirestudio
A great moment for me at the Calgary Fibre Arts fair: a beautiful knitter in her beautiful Einstein Coat that used my buttons! She purchased the buttons at the Fibre Shindig, then returned to show me the results while she was visiting the Calgary Fibre Arts Fair. Seeing my buttons on projects in the wild always gets me so excited and this lady was so sweet to let me take a photo. #Buttons4Life Einstein coat buttons
I’ve made a large batch of owl buttons in a few larger 1 1/2″ and 2″ sizes after their popularity at the Fibre Shindig in October. The most popular colour was this bright blue, perfect for dressing up the greys and beiges of winter wear with a pop of colour. What are your favourite button colours for dressing up your projects? I’ll have all of the owls, dragonflies, and other creature buttons at the Calgary Fibre Arts Fair in Calgary this Saturday, November 7. Hope to see you there!
Here’s a sneak peek of some of the buttons that came out of the latest kiln firing. This batch was heavy on square beauties since I was completely out of square stock. There are hundreds of unique buttons, but I can’t help but show off some of what I’m packaging up tonight! My favourite glaze combination, this time on swirly squares: For those, like me, that like some fancy added to their knitting, crochet, and sewing projects: My newest glaze which proves again that taking a chance on a new glaze can be a wonderful decision. These are so full of depth and gloss: A lovely group of serene glaze colours that complement the great textures: If you’re in Calgary and you love shiny things, come see these in person Oct 7 or Nov 17! I have many sets of 2-5 that are great for cowls as the chill of autumn reminds us that it’s time to get the needles and hooks going to get our projects ready for the first snowfall. I’m going back to packaging handmade buttons and getting them prepared to find their new homes. Have a great night!
I’ve finished wrapping up tonight’s packages and tomorrow, I’ll visit the ladies at my post outlet and send these off to locations across North America. While I was on the phone and marveling about the variety of places I address packages, my mom said “wouldn’t it be interesting to map all the places where you’ve sent buttons?” She was completely right. I wonder often where my buttons and other items live, what they’re doing and if they miss me. If they’ve found the perfect cardigan to secure or are guarding the place in a treasured book. While I have crazy imaginative dreams about the things that have zipped off through the mail, I opened Google maps and started entering city names. This is a graphic representing every unique location that I’ve mailed buttons since April 2012: I love seeing all those little blue dot but now I want to make it my goal to get the people in Wyoming wearing my buttons. Wyoming is a large place and it’s chilly, perfect for a sweater and perfect for buttons. The day I send a package to Wyoming will be a day of intense celebration. Oooh Iceland would look so much more beautiful with a little blue marker too! But, I’ll keep my goal WYOMING and for next anniversary, ICELAND. The one year anniversary of my online shop is in 68 days. SIXTY EIGHT! I’ve had 63 sales directly through my shop and I really want to hit 100 online sales before my anniversary so I’m offering a 10% off coupon code in February. Enter CELEBRATE at checkout! I hope to be mailing a package to you soon (especially if you live in Wyoming). (note: an updated map is located HERE.)
More photos of buttons in action! Get a load of these adorable little models. (and check out the buttons on those sweaters! They match perfectly!) These sweaters were knit by Tabitha Rose from Harrodsburg, KY using her own hand dyed yarn. I posted photos of these in November however they are even more beautiful when seen in action. From Tabitha: “The yarn was my Wishfox Dyeworks Arctic Fox Aran, and its 100% superwash bfl, squishy and awesome. 182yd/100g. It took less than one skein for the orange sweater, and I used 2 for the brown/teal, but there are substantial leftovers. The orange is approx 2t, and the brown approx 3-4t. I made the patterns up as I went along, but I’m hoping to get them written up sometime soon. I’m a stay at home mother of one from Central KY. I do all the dyeing and fiber processing myself, in my living room and kitchen, and really put my heart into all of it.” January 1, 2013 was Tabitha’s one year anniversary so please visit her online shop and wish her happy anniversary. To celebrate one year in business, she is offering a special January coupon code “YearOne” for 10% off your order. Enter the coupon code at checkout.