Roger Miller – Button Man
Roger Miller is a member of the Pioneer Button Club located in Oshawa and is on the executive as a trivia expert, buyer, seller and collector. Roger’s mother-in-law, Anne Rice who is now 99 and still a member, enticed Roger into the wonderful world of buttons. Anne was one of the founding members of the OBC.
Although we are an embroidery guild, many of us are interested in buttons and some of us use buttons as embellishment on some of our projects. Roger was invited and accepted a speaking engagement at our October 2013 meeting. He spoke of the history, composition of some buttons and had a wonderful display for all of us to view as well as a poke box. Most of his ‘for sale’ buttons were snapped up by our members.
Many of us learned much about buttons from Roger and have regained a new respect for a beautifully made button or a vintage button that we did not have before. It was interesting to know that buttons have been made out of almost any type of material imaginable, including coconut, rubber, shell, wood, glass, rhinestone and of course plastic to name a few.
At the guild we do not have many guest speakers but hope to have more in the future partly due to the success of the information we received and the enthusiasm displayed by the members.
Submitted by Linda Vassiliadis