Name: Emily Eckel
Business: Artisan Buttons
What got you interested in your art of choice?
I grew up in a home with two creative parents and there were always arts and
craft projects happening in our home. Over the years I’ve continued to
explore different crafts and I’ve enjoyed them all. I started making buttons
about ten years ago when I came across a book about how to make buttons.
People started asking me to make buttons for them and that is how I got
started in this business.
Do you have a favorite item or colorway?
Right now I really enjoy the wood buttons I’m making. They have beautiful
and subtle grain patterns. It’s really fun to make them and try out different
designs. The triangular three hole buttons are unique and make great
What is something you strive to offer the fiber arts community?
I strive to offer the fiber arts community a hand crafted alternative to the
typical buttons found in the big box stores. I’ve learned to listen to my
customers and make them products that meet their needs. At the last IK&S
several people mentioned that they like large wood buttons for their projects.
I’ve responded to that by making a variety of wood buttons.
What is your fiber arts superpower?
The camaraderie of engaging with kindred spirits who love creative
occupations really energizes me.