Back to Buttons

 

We’ve come full circle. Rather appropriate for a button company, right?

Twenty one years ago Just Another Button Company launched a tiny company in answer to a designer’s question.  “Can you make enough buttons to sell to the shops that carry my cross stitch charts?”  We bravely (or blindly, perhaps) said “Yes, we can!”

 

 

Fortune smiled on us as we added talented craftspeople to our team.  We found friendly voices to handle the phone and steady hands to slice and drill the buttons.  A building was found—and filled—and as we made button after button, more designers found us.  There are now over 5000 published designs in the needleart and crafts industries that call for our buttons.  That’s 5000+ different patterns that you may have in your stash to make someday—and we still carry the button pack!

Twenty years of making buttons evolved into making more buttons… and Just Pins… and pincushions… and patterns—all in the name of adapting to the market.  We began to say “At Just Another Button Company, we are MORE than just buttons.”  Change is good!

At the start of 2016, my children, with spouses and their children, gathered at the same little table I used long ago as a work space for my new button hobby.  We played with clay and I told them I wanted to share pictures with my button friends as a way of celebrating our 20th anniversary in business.  The kids grew up with the button company and each had their own memories.  I was determined to mark the occasion with a blog post at least.  (Yes, there is Play Doh in some of the photos, and no, we don’t use Play Doh to make buttons.)

 

And then life happened.  We learned that my friend Theresa Stelter had passed away, leaving the future uncertain for her Hillcreek Designs hand-dyed button company.  Our friends Janice and Janet promised to keep the business going in California, and Rachel and I became long-distance owners of another busy button company.  Thoughts of celebrating an anniversary were pushed back by trips across country to learn to dye buttons, sort through paperwork and inventory, and to plan an eventual move.

By April 2017, over 5000 pounds of buttons, dyes and supplies had been relocated to Illinois.  JABC made space for a dye room in our already full building and we added our own twist to colors and packaging.  Customers of both JABC and Hillcreek Designs have been very kind as we’ve polished product lines and ironed out the never-ending bookkeeping issues.

The 20th anniversary celebration of 2016 never happened, but that’s okay.  Sometimes life makes us re-evaluate plans—and sometimes the results are really good.  We are delighted to offer both handmade and hand-dyed buttons, and appreciate the trust put in us by Hillcreek Designs.  Here’s Hillcreek’s lovely Janice with us at Quilt Market.  We make a great team!

 

 

At Just Another Button Company, 21 years later, we are Back to Buttons.  Thanks for being a fan, a consumer, a designer, a shop, or a distributor.  We appreciate every one of you!

 

Happy Buttoning!

 

Roll With It

Hello Button Lovers!

The month of August brought beautiful ocean buttons! And as a perfect companion, the Button Lover’s Club box included this clever design by Cathy at Hands On Design!

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The original “Roll with It” was designed for counted cross stitch BUT we are also making a stitchery pattern available for those who do not cross stitch.

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Where to get the stitchery version.

You can download the drawing for this design here.

Trace this pattern onto canvas, linen or cotton using a light box. Stitch the words using a stem stitch. We used Weeks Dye Works floss (Lagoon and Islamorada). The waves are drawn on the fabric to help you later, you do not need to stitch along those lines. The instructions for tracing and CUTTING the waves are in the cross stitch chart.

We hope you enjoy this project AND your new Ocean buttons!

Haven’t signed up for the Button Lover’s Club yet? Sign up now!

NeedlePrint & Play Finishing

Let’s put the “Play” in NeedlePrint & Play!

One of my favorite parts of NeedlePrint & Play is the endless finishing options! When we unveiled the line to our wholesale customers we filled our booth with oodles of models! We used wood blocks, frames, banners, accordion chipboard, decorative clipboards, painter’s canvases. Because the edges of the paper don’t ravel– like linen does– you can trim the piece close to the edge and display it with “raw” edges! You can fit your piece onto whatever you can find!

Feel free to color outside the lines! We want you to be creative!

Want to know where to start?

Watch the video below and I’ll show you a few of the most basic NeedlePrint & Play finishes. I’ll also give you some tips for trimming your piece to fit onto a smaller object.

 

Watch this too!

Be sure to check out our first NeedlePrint & Play post/ video that shows you exactly what’s inside a kit and has more tips for stitching!

NeedlePrint & Play

Come and Play!

I would love to introduce you to a brand new kind of cross stitch! NeedlePrint & Play is a whole new way to stitch. It brings together printed artwork and hand stitching.

How does it work?

Each NeedlePrint & Play kit contains a piece of perforated paper that has a design and centering marks printed on it. In addition, the kit contains a traditional cross stitch chart for embellishing the paper with stitching. Match the centering marks on the chart with the centering marks printed on the perforated paper.

When the design is stitched, add the buttons (included in the kit) and then attach the perforated paper to the included printed-card stock.

Watch how it’s done!

Keep watching the blog for more finishing ideas!!!

Candle Pan Finishing Tutorial

Finish It!

It’s time! As we prepare to release the fourth calendar floral in the [Chalk.Squared] series, we want to share a candle pan finishing tutorial. Now you can get January, February and March finished and in candle pans just in time to start stitching April!

What you’ll need…

We’ve made the finish simple by packing finishing kits with all the bits and pieces of supplies you’ll need for your project. You’ll need one kit per stitched piece. You’ll also need some lovely enameled candle pans –they are not included in the finishing kit. You can get them from Hands On Design.

You have two options for candle pans, you can get one candle pan and switch the designs in and out (they’re on magnets) or you can get enough candle pans to put each design in its own pan. You’ll see how it works in the video.

 

Want to get started stitching [Chalk.Squared]? See all the available designs here!

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I hope you enjoyed the video! Please feel free to email finishing questions to rachel@justanotherbuttoncompany.com.

You can follow along with the new designs on the [square.ology] facebook page!

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