Hello! I'm Robyn and I am the owner and dyer here at TeenyButton Studio. All of our yarns are dyed by myself out of my home studio just outside New Orleans, Louisiana.
I learned to knit at the age of 8 but picked it up with a passion in high school. As my skill level grew and I tried my hand at more ambitious projects, I had trouble finding the kinds of yarns I wanted to knit with. I wanted bright colors, lots of speckles, and fun colorway names, but the local stores were few and far between and I wanted to touch and see the yarns in person rather than ordering online. So I decided to try my hand at dyeing my own! I started by dyeing a mini skein set inspired by Pokemon, something I'd never seen for sale anywhere, and immediately fell in love with the art of dyeing. One of the best things about living in the Big Easy is the abundance of art, history, food, and culture everywhere you look. It provided the perfect inspiration for the kinds of bright, fun colorways I wanted to dye!
In addition to our New Orleans-themed colorways, you will find quite a few Harry Potter-inspired colorways. I have been a huge fan of Harry and his adventures since I was introduced to the story at the age of 9, and so many fiber artists share my passion for the Wizarding World! I am a book-purist at heart so you will find many references hidden in some of our most popular colorways.
I have a strong background in both traditional art and chemistry, and dyeing is the perfect marriage of the two. With a little bit of business acumen picked up from my dad and quite a few business classes at the University of New Orleans, I decided to start dyeing professionally. We officially opened in Spring 2015, and I was lucky enough to become a full-time dyer in Summer of 2017.
You may occasionally see my mom, Merry, at festivals and events. She is my best friend and as fiber-obsessed as myself! She is my booth helper, podcast partner, and mini skein winder, and is more than happy to work for yarn. We also have two little furry helpers, Purl and Hagrid, who are the Head of Shipping and Quality Control Manager respectively. They take a paws-on approach to their work and you can find snippets of their adventures on my Instagram page @TeenyButton!