Wednesday, May 22, 2013

May 21, 2013, A Very Nice Meeting

Last night, I thought we had an exceptionally great meeting and program. We always have such wonderful Show and Tell, it just seems to get better every meeting. The slide show will attest to that! The program was equally inspiring to a crowd of about 65 guild members and we were overwhelmed with her generosity and great presentation. Thanks so much, Jean!!

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Nancy A introduced The Button Lady, aka Jean, with her story of producing buttons. She has stuck with her passion for over 40 years. Her husband encouraged her to just keep on doing it, you'll get it and she did and he is her #1 helper! Her garage is her factory, and at the peak of her business, she employed 15 people--lots of relatives, producing over 1/2 million buttons a year! She lived between Kalona and Amana--an amazing area where one can get lost in time. She does all the work--designing the patterns, painting the buttons, marketing, etc. The buttons are made of white stoneware clay, rolled to perfection by her husband, cut, dried on racks, washed, painted, fired, antiqued and packaged. She makes 100 at a time--what an amazing lady. Thanks to Nancy A for finding her and assisting with the program. You can find Jean on Facebook at My Stitching Peace. And look for her later this year in Fons and Porter magazine. She had a wonderful presentation and display. And she was very generous with gifts for door prizes. I think everyone was very enthused with her buttons and patterns and looking forward to making many of them.

The Button Lady, Jean

Her wonderful display