This is a photo of my Mother, Willis Ruby Williams probably taken in the 40's to send to my father during WWII. Isn't she beautiful?
She was born in a small NC mountain town called Todd. Her father was killed in a traffic accident when she was 4 & her mother was pregnant with her brother. My grandmother remarried a man who lost his wife & had 4 small children to raise. Together, they had 3 more children. They were poor & farmed for a living so the more children, the better - 9 children are a lot of free farm labor.
You ate what you grew or raised. Chicken on Sundays & an orange for Christmas if you were lucky. They made all their clothes & of course, there were lots of hand-me-downs. Much of that hard learned knowledge is what she pased along to me although I didn't appreciate it so much as the time.
My mother taught me to crochet as a child, using string & my finger. I'm a leftie so I learned sitting across from her & watching her movements. She also taught me embroidery, sewing, cooking & canning. Her name was Willis Ruby & my company, Willie Ru Designs, is named for her.
Here is one of the few photographs I have of my Mother & I together. Neither of us really liked to have out picture taken. I'm guessing it's from the late 70's or early 80's based on the length of my hair.
I love to crochet! I find it relaxing & stimulating at the same time. I can't wait to finish a project just to see what it looks like. Often, the idea I start with isn't the same one I end with. Many of my creations have a Plan B, Plan C and sometimes it goes on and on until I like what I see. I rarely use patterns because I change my mind as I go along. I tend to jot down my own design instructions on little pieces of scrap paper or old envelopes that I may never find again, or if I do, have no idea what they mean.
Yarn is my biggest vice. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to buy much recently but luckily, I have quite a collection or stash, as we adicts refer to it. I also have a large stash of fabrics...
I have a weakness for the unique & one-of-a-kind & handmade. Always have. This also translates into my yarns. I love handspun & hand dyed yarns. I love supporting other women owned small businesses who make a living spinning & dying yarn. It may cost a little more but we all need to support each other.
I love vivid, intense colors & texture. I love the unexpected. I like high quality materials to work with which doesn't necessarily mean expensive but it needs to hold up with wear & time. I love fun & functional accessories & that's what my creations are all about.
I sell most of my work on Etsy - mostly scarves & cowls. Here's a link to my Etsy shop.
Here are a few of my favorites available now in my Etsy shop.
Many thanks & Happy Mother's Day!