Kelly Webster's Profile

About

Hello and welcome to Whimsy and Lace! For information about the shop, please check out my “About” page.

Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Kelly Webster, and I reside in Sunshine Nook, Madison, Wisconsin, USA.

I am a botanist (that’s plants for those of you who don’t speak geek). I worked as a florist while getting my botany degree, and I now work in a plant nursery. I get a lot of inspiration from plants, they fascinate me. I have an unruly collection of houseplants, and about half of the patio of the condo where I live has been converted to a raised garden bed full of rowdy experiments.

My favorite activities besides gardening, and unrelated to my Etsy shop, include camping, walks, flower arranging, dancing (not necessarily to music) cooking and baking, and making m…

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  • Female
  • Born on November 3
  • Joined March 20, 2011

Favorite materials

cotton, silk, linen, alpaca wool, beads

Shop

WhimsyandLace
Custom handmade lace jewelry and home decor

About

Hello and welcome to Whimsy and Lace! For information about the shop, please check out my “About” page.

Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Kelly Webster, and I reside in Sunshine Nook, Madison, Wisconsin, USA.

I am a botanist (that’s plants for those of you who don’t speak geek). I worked as a florist while getting my botany degree, and I now work in a plant nursery. I get a lot of inspiration from plants, they fascinate me. I have an unruly collection of houseplants, and about half of the patio of the condo where I live has been converted to a raised garden bed full of rowdy experiments.

My favorite activities besides gardening, and unrelated to my Etsy shop, include camping, walks, flower arranging, dancing (not necessarily to music) cooking and baking, and making my own home décor. I also devote a lot of time to my wonderful husband, CJ, and my naughty but adorable mini poodle, Bay.

My first interest in crafting of all kinds came before my memory begins. My parents tell the story that when I was about 2 they were obliged to tape a large piece of paper to the wall and another to the table to just to keep up with my insatiable need to draw. I remember making grass dolls in the school yard when I was little older.

Around the age of 8 I ended up as a semi permanent resident of the next door neighbor lady’s basement studio. She had raised 8 children, and sewn all their clothing while they were growing up. She is a masterful seamstress. Her name is Barb, but I still just call her “Grandma”. She welcomed me any time, I never even knocked, “just walk in the front door” she used to say. There in that basement I ripped out just about as many stitches as I put in I think, but still managed to come away with plenty of stuffed animals and dolls clothes.

Barb used to tell me this “you’ve got to learn to sew in a straight line, or else when you go to make a dress you’re going to have a crooked lady!” My sewing still leaves something to be desired I think, but her other mantra carried with me my whole life, and I believe shows through in the products for sale in my shop. This mantra is “do it right, or don’t do it”.

I learned to knit in my final semester of college. A room mate taught me the knit stitch, and everything since then I learned either by trial and error or from books and the internet. Tatting I learned entirely from these last. I started both art forms using patterns written by other artists, especially favoring historic patterns, now I have begun to design my own, often tweaking existing ones to suit them to jewelry.
As I mentioned, I am inspired by nature. Plants, flowers, rocks and water feature very plainly in most of my work. I also have a great love of reproducing historical pieces, particularly from the Victorian era and WWII. My favorite styles are fae, woodland, and steampunk.

For me, the greatest inspiration of all is being a part of the Etsy community. There is so much talent here; no one could ever wade through it all. I like to look through treasuries, and just wander around people’s shops. This movement towards handmade and up-cycled items, sold by individuals is a wonderful thing! I am so proud to be a part of it.

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