‘A very big thank you from us all for such an interesting evening last night. Everyone really enjoyed it . . . I think you can pat yourself on the back for having really inspired us. I have a feeling buttons will feature strongly in some of the work people will be doing!’ Lizzie Bird, Secretary, Lochalsh SWI
Why attend a TJFrog Workshop?
As a qualified teacher, trainer, workshop facilitator & coach, with over 20 years experience delivering workshops in people development, I love to get out on the road & use these skills to transfer my knowledge of & promote, the traditional craft of Dorset Buttony.
Dorset Button Workshops focus on learning the history of Dorset Buttony & the most famous Crosswheel design, using the four techniques of casting, slicking, laying & rounding. Longer workshops explore further designs with the opportunity to make a brooch or bracelet.
If you would like me to run a Dorset Button workshop at your yarn shop, yarn festival, SWI or WI group, or with a group of friends, please complete the contact form at the bottom of this page.
‘Thank you for the course last night, great fun & now addicted! I had to make another one this morning in between cooking breakfasts at my B&B!’ Alison West
Fancy Tiger Crafts, Denver
Learn about the history & techniques of the traditional craft of Dorset Buttons. Starting with the Crosswheel design and using the four techniques of casting, slicking, laying and rounding you’ll make a Dorset Button & then learn additional stitches to be able to design your own. With the basic techniques mastered there are endless designs and possibilities of how to use them!
They are a great way to use up all those odd ends of yarn to make something quite beautiful to give a personal finishing touch to a knitted, crocheted or fabric project, to update and revitalise an old garment, or adorn a shawl, bag, hat, or cushion. This class is taught by Tania Ashton Jones from the Isle of Skye. Brought up in Dorset, on the South Coast of England, & now living on the Isle of Skye off the North West Coast of Scotland, Tania is addicted to making Dorset Buttons & loves to spread the word about this traditional 17th Century craft through her creative business TJFrog. Tania enjoys sourcing yarns to showcase colours & textures in different Dorset Button designs.
For this workshop, please bring:
Class includes materials, but feel free to bring your own yarn scraps to incorporate.
Loch Ness Knit Fest, Inverness
Learn about the traditional craft of Dorset Buttons, a cottage industry dating back to the 1600s. You’ll make a couple of Dorset Buttons using brass hollow rings and yarn, starting with the Crosswheel design and using the four techniques of casting, slicking, laying and rounding. Dorset Buttons can be used to give that personal finishing touch to a textile project, update & revitalise an old garment or adorn a hat, bag or cushion. It’s a great way to use up all those odd ends of yarn to make a beautiful accessory. With the basic technique mastered there are endless designs and possibilities of how to use them!
For this workshop, please bring:
Yarn – DK & 4ply weight (odd ends are ok, full balls not required) Tapestry sewing needles, Scissors. Brass hollow rings will be provided.
Past workshops have included 2016 & 2017 Edinburgh Yarn Festival in aid of The Teapot Trust, local workshops near my home on the Isle of Skye at The Handspinner Having Fun, as well as further a field at The Makery, Bath. Demonstrations in Dorset Button making were given at Woolfest 2017 whilst 2017 was also the first year that TJFrog conducted a workshop for a group of tourists enjoying the craft delights of Skye.