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I've long wondered if we grow into our names. I loved growing up with the (then) unusual name of Willow. I notice too that willow trees always grow near water. And I have to live near water. I don't have to be able to see it daily, but knowing that it is near enough that if I need to, I can go easily to it and, even better, put my toes in... it's a requirement for me. Good thing I married a Navy man! We've moved from coast to coast and now, once again live on an island. I love coastal living. The smell of salt water, the cry of seagulls and the sound of waves crashing.

In 2012, we bought my dream cottage by the water. A former farmhouse which town was built around, from 1890. I love old houses, and I love my town. I feel so fortunate to be able to create fine linen items from my workspace, looking out over the water and Mt. Baker…

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  • Female
  • Born on June 12
  • Joined December 29, 2010

Favorite materials

natural linen, natural flax, European linen flax, Eco Friendly Fabric, wool, recycled items, silk, fair trade supplies

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About

I've long wondered if we grow into our names. I loved growing up with the (then) unusual name of Willow. I notice too that willow trees always grow near water. And I have to live near water. I don't have to be able to see it daily, but knowing that it is near enough that if I need to, I can go easily to it and, even better, put my toes in... it's a requirement for me. Good thing I married a Navy man! We've moved from coast to coast and now, once again live on an island. I love coastal living. The smell of salt water, the cry of seagulls and the sound of waves crashing.

In 2012, we bought my dream cottage by the water. A former farmhouse which town was built around, from 1890. I love old houses, and I love my town. I feel so fortunate to be able to create fine linen items from my workspace, looking out over the water and Mt. Baker.

I enjoy gardening, cooking, baking (gluten free), knitting, and sewing. I learned to sew as child, making my first dress when I was 10 and my first job in high school was at a fabric store. Back in ye olden days... we sewed our clothes because it was less expensive than buying them. Not so much these days!

I once again began sewing my clothes when I became frustrated with the sizes and colors available in ready to wear. I'm very tall with ridiculously long limbs. I grew tired of wearing only 3/4 length sleeves and capris! I wanted long sleeves, and full length pants. And in Summer, I only wear linen clothes. A lot of what I found was in colors I simply don't wear. I tend towards black, white, and gray. And other than tartan, I almost NEVER wear a pattern. So I started to sew again. And now here I am, ready to sew for you!

I believe in and try to practice Eco-Friendly habits. All of my sewing machines are vintage and purchased second hand. I prefer them for a couple of reasons. I like old things. Old machines have a history, a character. You can imagine the people who used them, and the items they helped create. That and they aren't made the way they used to be. And bonus, should something go wrong with one, I can fix it myself!

I believe in shopping local, and supporting small businesses. So whenever possible, I source my supplies from the local suppliers. But since Flax isn't a local crop, I've had to expand my search, just a wee bit. It is a small world after all, as they say.

I post mostly life on my instagram account, very little about the shop. So if pretty scenery and self-depricating humor floats your boat, feel free to follow me at:

https://www.instagram.com/willowonthewater/


Also have a now empty photography shoppe - http://www.etsy.com/shop/willowdawn

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