we live amidst buttons, thousands of them, tens of thousands.
And we make more every day.
What Comes First?
To the proverbial question of what comes first, the chicken or the egg, our answer is both. – Chickens: Sometimes projects come first and we design buttons to fit them. – Eggs: Other times we make buttons with no project in mind.
We do actually have buttons that look like chickens, but really what I mean is that sometimes the chicken comes first, and we are challenged to create a button to fit someone else’s vision. You’ll find our buttons in lots of books, charts and kits. We create custom buttons for Art to Heart, PatchAbilities, Shepherd’s Bush and Quilt Company. We love hearing from designers because they encourage us to stretch our imagination. Countless times we have wondered how in the world to fill a special request, and yet we met the challenge–a camel, a drumming mouse, a flying reindeer…
What about the other buttons–the eggs? And yes, we do have egg buttons too, in farm fresh brown and a variety of Easter shades to please any bunny. But I’m talking eggs, as when the egg comes before the chicken and we have a fantastic idea for a new button, but need to show consumers how to use it. Sometimes we just feel the world needs more buttons–before there is any pattern in print that calls for them. It’s a safe bet that other button lovers can relate to the person who told me recently that she created an entire garment just to use a favorite button. I’ve done that–garments, embroideries, wall hangings, and soft sculptures. Seventeen years ago I went a step further and started with the idea of a button that would lead to the fabric project. I made bee and ladybug buttons from polymer clay, and then designed a silk ribbon embroidery garden for the bug buttons. That’s what I think of as the egg approach–make the button, then figure out what to do with it.
Now what? The egg came first, and we needed to suggest how to use it. In addition to drilling the standard two holes for button stitching, we drilled a single hole on the edge of some of our favorite buttons, then glued in a stainless steel straight pin. Oooh, baby, we had a new way of using buttons as embellishment– Just Pins! The overwhelming response to our Just Pins made pincushions a logical next step. Pincushions are offered as patterns for stitchers who like to create from their stash and complete kits for those who like to sew on the go.
Next came a series of button embellished projects for sewing and cross stitching. Art to Heart licensed us to recreate their popular fabric applique in cross stitch – embellished with their licensed buttons of course.
And then Came Dyed Buttons
And now we’ve added beautiful hand-dyed buttons–the legacy of Hillcreek Designs, once owned by our friend Theresa Stelter. Over 50 sewing-quality buttons are dyed in in rainbow of hues. The buttons are sold in bulk quantities, as designer packs, and packaged as part of our Button Up! product line.
Reaching Our Customers
Whether you are a wholesale or retail purchaser, Just Another Button Company now has an online shopping cart for you! If you’d like to read more about the hands behind the buttons, visit our Button Team page.
Cecile McPeak, CBO (Chief Button Officer)