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welcomeEnid Williams

Web developer, quilter and textile artist.

Since 1995 I have been working with cloth. In 2002 I entered the textile design department at UW-Madison to earn a second bachelor’s degree, which I completed in the summer of 2005. The work in the portfolio includes school projects as well as work done on my own.

I started spinning in the fall of 2007 after visiting the Wisconsin Sheep and Wool festival with some fiber-loving friends. They convinced me to buy a drop spindle and some fiber, and I was later gifted with my own spinning wheel! When I outgrew it, I bought my current wheel. My Etsy shop supports my fiber habit. You can see my latest listings in the sidebar.

I love weaving, although I’ve neglected it in favor of spinning for a while now. I made a yarn calculator which can help you determine how much yarn is required for a weaving project. I sold my giant amazing loom to create more studio space, and promptly picked up a small table loom.

Quiet book

I made a quiet book for my daughter and entered it in Spoonflower’s baby book contest. Click on any image to see it larger.

Cover (not included in the kit; I used denim and embroidered the words)

Barn and tent

Barn: the revised version — V2 — is a bit taller to better hold finger puppets

Tent — V2 is taller to allow for more zipping

Braid and woven pie — Now, a real lattice-top pie lets you see some of the filling.  Feel free to put fewer (or thinner) crust pieces on yours.  In V2 the braid girl has legs. Here she has tiny embroidered feet.

I stitched the hair on with embroidery floss, and then knotted several strands over the stitches. 

 

Shoe and tree — for V2 I trimmed down the shoe top to allow for more lacing room and moved the basket a little higher on the page.

Apples in basket — I think I need to pound the snaps down a bit more — they seem a bit bulky.

Instructions (included in the kit, but may be more easily revised here):

To finish each page:
1) Add your own pocket at lower edge of hay (at beige dots) to hold your own finger puppets (cow, pig, chicken, etc). Add felt barn doors at each side.
2) Add 5 snaps to tree. Use template to add basket at dots. Use template to cut out felt apples; add snaps.
3) Add long yarn “hair” to the head. Add ribbons at top and/or bottom of page to hold small hair clips.
4) Attach vertical and horizontal felt strips to the pie at small guidelines at top (blue) and left (beige).  Or use thinner strips for a more realistic look.
5) Fuse shoe top to interfacing. Cut holes at green dots; reinforce. Sew to shoe over tongue. Add shoelace.
6) Add tent with zipper down the center.

General instructions:
Seam allowance is the 1/2-inch shaded area (pink, blue and green); cut to the outside to make 3 double pages.
Complete pages as above. Sew a heavy cover fabric (9” x 12”) to one of the pieces, right sides facing, leaving space to turn. Sew other two completed page spreads together, likewise.
Turn all right side out, and top stitch all the way around. Stitch book together through center of page spreads.

Thanks to the internet, including http://homemadebyjill.blogspot.com and http://quietbook.blogspot.com/

Thanks for checking it out!  View fabric at Spoonflower.

New Gallery!

I’m pretty happy with the new gallery plugin I just installed. I’d like to get a breadcrumb-type navigation going, but I can’t quite figure that out yet. But check it out nonetheless — I added a bunch of new pictures.

Happy New Year 2011!

No, this isn't my quilt. Seen at the Overture Center.

One of my goals this year — possibly my only goal, since it’s a pretty big one — is to finish more projects than I start. I’m keeping a list!

This week, Wednesday, we meet with a machine quilter to get Kalena’s alphabet applique quilt finished! I found another little quilt in my project closet that might get finished at the same time.  It’s made out of tiny rectangles of wool.  I believe they were a salesman’s suit-fabric samples.  Pics to follow…

2010 was a good and busy year.  Lots more to come this year!

So you want to be a… prosumer

A book I read lately (Against the machine: being human in the age of the electronic mob, by Lee Siegel) introduced me to the concept of “prosumer” — a person who creates and consumes at the same time. He rightly critiques this trend, especially where it comes to the internet (read an interview here), but I find that some of the things I’m interested in, that have let me have an “in” to the market as a designer, have made me a prosumer as well.

Consider Etsy, Threadless, and my new love, Spoonflower (I’ve intentionally linked to content related to me). All of these sites offer content that the site owners have not created, and which they do not pay for. Users create content, and upload it to the site. This content is then offered for sale to other users.

At this point, the sites listed above differ — Etsy charges a per-item listing fee, and a percentage is taken by Etsy and PayPal from every sale, but the shop owner gets most of the money. On Threadless, in order for one user-designer’s work to be turned into a T-shirt, it must receive enough votes from other user-designers. If it does, the designer is paid $2000+. On Spoonflower, the designer receives 10% of the cost of yardage sold. Contest winners earn store credit.

I love being able to share my designs and crafts with the world via the internet, without having to create or purchase my own shopping cart system, silkscreens, digital fabric printer, t-shirt blanks, or do much marketing (though marketing on my own definitely helps). But I am now more aware of the economics involved in these transactions.

Every time you comment on a blog, write a blog post, review your Amazon.com purchase, or critique something on Yelp, you are being a prosumer too.

New name on Ravelry

I was using more of a personal nickname on ravelry, but now you can find me there as HaleyStudio. I didn’t realize how easy it was to change usernames! Woo!

Newsletter sign-up now available

Today I worked to configure a new feature — PHPList. It is a mailing list system. I would like to send out a newsletter occasionally, offering a discount in my Etsy shop, notes on what I’m up to lately, and other goodies. I’m not sure yet how often it will go out — so don’t worry that I’ll be filling up your in-box completely!

Click here for the sign-up form.

And bear with me… I’m new at news!

Knitting up a website

Announcing my newest venture: I’ve joined the team of Knitcircus.com as a web guru! Stroll on over for some patterns and get inspired to knit. The magazine can be viewed on line, and you can order PDFs of the knitting patterns. Or sign up for the email newsletter, full of creative ideas and delicious recipes. Thanks, Jaala, for having me on the team!