Tania Ashton Jones of TJFrog is a Dorset Button maker, designer, tutor, hand knitter and podcaster. Brought up in Dorset, on the South Coast of England and now living on the Isle of Skye, Tania aims to contribute to keeping alive the traditional skill of the handmade Dorset Button, a cottage industry at its peak between 1620 - 1850.
Brought up in Dorset, on the South Coast of England, and now living on the Isle of Skye, off the North West Coast of Scotland, my creativity is inspired by the landscapes and history of these places.
And the TJFrog name? - TJ refers to Tania Jane, her first and middle name and Frog to her lifelong love of frogs! A name she assigned herself as a child, as you do! On taking up knitting again in 2008 and discovering knitters “frog” their work when ripping it back, TJFrog seemed an obvious choice for her creative business!
The rich geological features of Dorset & Skye inspired TJFrog’s wool label, Shorelines & Strata, celebrating their linkage through geology and each areas distinctive breeds of sheep that have long shaped the land.