“Oh that’s alright. He can call me a flower if he wants to. I don’t mind.” – Bambi
Everything’s coming up roses for Jessica Storey Wackermann. “I find design inspiration through real flowers. I love looking at a live flower and how its petals are formed and shaped to improve my own flowers,” she shared. “I also get inspiration from felt florist classes where I learn new techniques and incorporate them into my personal style. Flohra Design is my favorite felt florist.”
Based in Georgia, Wackermann is the “budding” floral designer behind Whimsy and Wool Shop, known for its girly hair accessories and pretties. “My personal favorite are the flower crowns,” she said. “They are detailed and unique and beautiful.” She uses soft nylon bands and a rainbow of colors to handcraft headbands, hair clips and bows. Whimsy and Wool Shop also offers custom macramé bow holders constructed from felt flowers and an embroidery hoop, which also double as wall décor. While her “most popular items are smaller clips that are more versatile,” I especially love the vibrant Spring colors of the shop’s “Secret Garden Crown.”
Wackermann, a labor and delivery nurse, launched Whimsy and Wool Shop in March 2018. “I started making felt flower headbands after my daughter was born in 2016. I loved it and wanted to expand to have my own shop,” she recalled. “My sister pushed me to open finally by posting my items for sale on her Facebook, which forced me to finish up my Etsy shop and make it live!” The name is play on the small shop’s specialties. “Whimsy because I feel that flower crowns remind me of fantasies and imaginative play, and wool because I use primarily felt as a medium.” The shop has continued to blossom over the last year. “I’m proud of my growth. I am always learning new techniques and getting better and better at what I do. My shop is still very small but I’m proud of my commitment to always strive to learn and improve,” said Wackermann.
If you want a particular shade of flower, Wackermann happily accepts custom orders. “I offer made to match, which I personally love. Finding the perfect colors and designing something to match an outfit is a challenge and it is so fun to see it come together,” Wackermann said. “My favorite part is coming up with something new and beautiful. I love piecing together new combinations of flowers and colors to create a new piece.”