These bamboo buttons are now available in two sizes. The smaller are 1/2" x 3/4" and the larger are 3/4"x 1" in diameter. The holes in each button are left empty so that you can embroider the owl's eyes into them with your own needle and yarn or embroidery thread. These owl buttons are a great way to personalize garments or embellish accessories with a special custom color.
When using these buttons in a place where they need to be functional, I like to fill in the holes first, then tack the button onto the garment using only a few of the holes. If you use only holes more towards the center of the button to attach it to the garment, the button functions better (the center of the owl's eyes are perfect for this). These holes are pretty small, so you may want to use only one or two plies of the yarn to fill it in if it your yarn is super thick.
It is important to me that each item I make is special and bamboo contributes to this as a unique material. Bamboo plywood is sustainable and is stronger than wood. Your buttons won't be indestructible but can withstand more than a needle gauge made of birch. Bamboo has a rich history of roles and uses in Asian mythology and culture and is even used in Chinese medicine because of its anti-bacterial properties.
Your buttons will arrive carded and will have a care card with them.
These buttons can go in the washer and the dryer (if your sweater can), but as with most things made of natural materials, they will probably last longer if they are hand washed or if the item is dried flat.
Because they are made of a natural material, the appearance of each button may slightly vary. Please note that the buttons pictured are the larger size, the smaller size has fewer eye holes.
The owl slippers pictured were made by Alana Dakos.