An interview with Emily Waszak of WAYOEmily: When I was in the 2nd grade I begged my mother for a pair of JAMS, but she said no because they were too expensive. Instead, she took me to Piece Goods (remember that store?) and we bought some fabric and a pattern and she helped me sew my very first garment. I've pretty much been sewing ever since.
ELF: How long have you been crafting/creating?
Emily: Since 2nd grade. I really got into sewing when I was in Jr. High and High School. I used to make my clothes. I also, I am slightly embarrassed to admit, used to make dresses and hippie shirts and sell them at Grateful Dead shows.
ELF: Where did your brand name come from?
Emily: WAYO (pronounced WAH-YOH) comes from the Japanese word, wayosecchu, which means a blending of Japanese and Western styles.
ELF: What aspect of the ELF Fair are you most excited about?
Emily: Seeing what everyone else has been making!
ELF: Do you have a favorite crafting or art website or blog?
Also, I really like to quilt. The Modern Quilt Guild blog is great for inspiration. Plus, one of my quilt blocks was featured on the site! http://themodernquiltguild.com/
You can check out more of Emily's goods at wayotextiles.com