From her house sitting majestically atop a hill, she has a direct view of South Mountain and the Washington Monument and is surrounded by a rural canvas painted this time of year in burnished golds, browns and reds.
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It’s a setting that offers few distractions, making her creativity seem effortlessly achieved.
It helps, of course, that she loves what’s she’s doing.
And for Williamson, that love is working with her hands.
From jackets and vests to purses and scarves, the Boonsboro resident uses new and repurposed fabrics to create wearable art.
Most days, she easily spends eight hours in her studio, getting lost in her work.
“I love to sew,” she shared. “I find it to be very relaxing.”
But she finds making multiples of the same item very boring. That’s why each and every piece is unique.
“My creations are one-of-a-kind. Even if fabrics are used in several garments, no two are exactly alike,” she said.
Williamson will be sharing both her talents and handiwork when she participates in the 31st Valley Craft Network Holiday Studio Tour on Saturday, Nov. 17, and Sunday, Nov. 18.
The event is a self-guided visit to the work places of 12 craftspeople at nine studio stops.
The tour is free and open to the public.
Williamson has had an interest in sewing, she said, since she was 9 years old.
“It became a favorite 4-H project,” she noted. “I later majored in home economics education, now called family and consumer science, with a focus in textiles at the University of Maryland. My MS and PHD degrees also have a textile focus.”
Williamson spent 30-plus years working with the University of Maryland Extension — 20 of which were as a specialist in home furnishings and textiles and clothing at the College Park Campus.
“Much of my career was spent teaching life skill subjects — nutrition, food preparation; selection, use and care of clothing and home furnishings to youth and adults throughout Maryland,” she explained.
Today, she said, she serves as the director of Maryland Make It With Wool — a sewing competition primarily for youth. And she occasionally teaches sewing at Stitch N Time in Greencastle, Pa.
She also devotes a great deal of time to her sewing business — known as JRW Creations, where she makes custom creations for her clientele, including clothing, accessories and window treatments.