The wall hangings are a mix of sewing, quilting, applique, knitting, and embroidery. The materials often influence the design. For example, I'm in my baby's nursery right now and looking at a fairy wall hanging. It's made mostly of upcycled materials: A floral silk scarf became the fairies' dresses and the garden leaves they fly through; a toddler's spangled t-shirt made their wings; the background is made of fabric from vintage plaid wool pants. (See picture above and under links).
2. What inspires you to create?
The materials often do--a soft yarn, a pretty fabric. Nature and necessity often do too.
3. If you could do anything, what would it be?
With a new baby, a good night's sleep sounds pretty good right now! I'd love an extra hour a day to knit. I haven't made much besides burp cloths since she was born at the end of November.
4. What is your day-job?
I'm an at-home mom with two girls. Before my first daughter was born, I was a speech writer and then a crime analyst.
5. What are some positives and negatives that you have with your boutique? Do you have any frustrations?I've been very pleased with my knitting pattern sales in the U.S. and other countries. It's exciting to think of people using my designs, I can re-list them quickly without needing new photographs, and since I email them, I don't even need to go to the post office.
One frustration, or maybe restraint, is that I love to make scarves and cowls, but their market is seasonal. Spring and summer are pretty quiet for my shop.
6. Are you originally from Kansas?
I grew up on a farm between Clyde and Concordia in North Central Kansas. I attended the University of Kansas and the University of Michigan, earning a master’s degree in political science. My family and I live in Lawrence, where we are grateful for the vibrant downtown, the Lawrence Arts Center, and the farmers’ market.
Etsy shop: www.WoolflowerBoutique.etsy.com
Facebook page: www.facebook.com/WoolflowerBoutique
Knitting designs: www.ravelry.com/designers/eden-detrixhe