I've been searching for the perfect buttons for my cowl (Rav link). The lovely painted buttons that Alana used on hers are, sadly, no longer available. Try as I might, I could not find painted buttons on Etsy large enough for the button holes on this cowl. (Knit with a size 10 needle, these button holes are huge! You know how standard button holes on a say, a US 6 needle kind of disappear into the fabric? You can find them, but not always on first glance, especially after a blocking? These are not those button holes. The buttonholes reminded me of owl's eyes when I was blocking the first half of the cowl.)
After weeks of searching Etsy, I found some beautiful handmade wooden buttons from reclaimed wood. They are from a shop in Michigan, The Hickory Tree. Not only do I love supporting artists and crafters as we all try to add a little bit of beauty to our lives, but I wholeheartedly support Michigan! I am from Michigan, although at this point I have almost lived away from there as long as I lived there. Much of my family still lives in or near Michigan. The older I get, the more place we live, the more I appreciate being from there.
Well, these buttons were waiting for me when I got home from the library today! Aren't they beautiful? And I love when artists take the time to package their items in something thoughtful (and, in this case, reusable.) And, of course, the hand signed card! And a free sample button! Yay!
These look so nice on the cowl. I love the juxtaposition of the soft, smooshy wool with the hardness of the wood.