Who is TJFrog?
TJ refers to my first & middle names, Tania Jane and the Frog a homage to my avid & lifelong collection of frogs! Not the real ones, although I do love them & have been known to rescue them crossing a main road!
TJFrog was a childhood name I assigned to myself – as you do! When I discovered knitters ‘frog’ their work when ripping it back, TJFrog was an obvious name choice for my creative venture.
Taught to hand knit as a very young child by my Nana, I knitted for one of my Duke of Edinburgh Awards! Cross stitch caught my attention for many years and I returned to knitting in 2008 after taking up an opportunity to do a knitting retreat. And so I entered a whole new world of knitting! I couldn’t believe what I’d been missing!
And this is the product of that knitting retreat. A felted needle bag – my first design!
Through knitting I found out about Dorset Buttons, not something I’d heard of during my upbringing in Dorset! A trip to the Dorset History Centre started my research and interest to learn more about their history and designs.
A Business is Born
From my growing research into the Dorset Button history and traditions I realised I wished to help promote and keep alive the story as well as build on some of the historical designs to produce contemporary pieces.
Though I had a business name, the business needed a logo and so I set about creating the TJFrog logo which has quickly become a key and very recognisable part of my championing of the Dorset Button and the wide range of yarns and wools I can source in the Highlands that bring my designs to life.
With a long background in training I love delivering workshops and tutorials in the making of buttons and have found that there is a demand for both Dorset Button kits alongside finished designs.