It all started with a set of buttons that Jeff (my husband) made for fun. With the attention they received, he made another set. Then he had requests for more. The requests kept coming and he kept making them, and that's how the button-making began. We never set out to start a button business... rather it found us, and now it feels like the most natural fit in the world.
I should add that Jeff became a woodworker because it was the material we happened to have on hand. He picked up some wood one day, started playing around, and it took off from there. Now he makes buttons, wooden earrings and pendants, shawl pins (due to requests from our knitting customers), occasional signs, and other custom pieces.
Since going to more fiber festivals over the years (I'm a knitter, and yarn makes me happy), we've focused more on buttons. To make our handmade buttons, I (Taryn) help with marking buttonholes, and sometimes drilling buttons, but when it comes to the woodworking magic- sanding and polishing (a long process with spectacular results!)- that's all Jeff. And I must say, he makes some truly amazing buttons! (I know you think I'm biased since we're married and all, but seriously, they are works of art.)
In the beginning, we weren't sure if anyone would want to spend the money to buy high-quality handmade buttons. Over time, though, we've had many knitters tell us that after they put so much time and energy into their special creations, they want to skip the typical plastic buttons and instead choose unique buttons made with the same love and care that went into the making of their own projects. Unlike plastic buttons- our wooden buttons, the natural ties we use to tie them on cards with, and the cards themselves, are all biodegradable. We feel really good about that!
These days, we're constantly striving to be offering more buttons in a wider price range, still providing the highly-sanded buttons, but adding lightly-sanded wood buttons to the mix too. We're offering heirloom quality buttons in naturally shed deer antler, stone buttons, clay buttons, and even some in driftwood from the Oregon Coast that I've started making. We want something for everyone. We hope you'll find buttons in our shop that will work well for your projects, and if you have something particular in mind- Jeff makes custom buttons for projects all the time.
I love organizing our buttons into families, and mixed sets, and tying them on cards. I love photographing them, posting them in the shop, and sharing them with the world. My very favorite part though? Seeing our buttons on your creative projects. It's the best! (And brings me the hugest smile every time.) Share your projects with our buttons anytime on Instagram @woolymossroots.
We work from home and between our business and small homestead- our days are full. We value family time, love creating with our hands, and enjoy being in the garden and outside. I love knitting and always have a project going on the needles (and yes- many of my knitting projects include buttons.) I share my projects and other bits of daily life over on my blog (www.woolymossroots.com), and invite you to join us there. I also want to say that when you buy from our shop, you are supporting our dream- to work for ourselves, and to get set up as sustainably as possible on this little piece of land we call home- and we thank you for it. We truly appreciate your support of our family business!