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Closed for the summer

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Hello everyone!

Please note that Inspiration Station will regrettably be closed from now over the summer. We will keep posting on Facebook and updating our blog over the next couple of months so stay tuned! Lots of exciting things will be happening when we open again in early September and we can’t wait to tell you more about that soon. Keep in touch, share your holiday projects and most of all stay inspired! And if you are travelling have a wonderful and safe trip.

See you again soon,

from the Inspiration Station team

Mel, Aly and Louise xxx

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Pit Stop

For those of you who might have missed this on our Facebook page:

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BACK IN BUSINESS! I have enjoyed a lovely week on holiday. I hope you haven’t missed Inspiration Station too much! To ease back into things this coming week will be an open house – 7:30am-1:30pm, Sunday to Thursday, 6th to 10th April. Feel free to drop in for a coffee and have a read through the magazines, hop on a sewing machine, park yourself at an easel or get scrappy in the paper room and more. A 30QR per day ‘drop in’ fee for as long as you like – no registration required. Just come along, bring a friend and get creative!

This ‘Pit Stop’ week will operate similar to our club nights (https://ourinspirationstation.wordpress.com/clubs/club-night/). Bring along your own project to work on and make use of the space a facilities. Any other materials such as fabric, scrapbook papers, yarn etc can either be purchased from us (depending on availability) or need to be brought yourself.

 

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New magazines just in! Come enjoy a relaxing coffee morning with some glossy pages of inspiration as part of our 30qr ‘PitStop Week’. No registration required.

Come Teach

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I would love to see the team at Inspiration Station grow from 1 (just little ol’ me!) to many, many more!! Please get in touch if you would like to share your skills and inspiration, work in a great environment with lovely people, be surrounded by creativity and join the Inspiration Station family. Email inspiration-station@live.com or call Mel 33057907. All enquiries welcome!

Time Out

DSC00049Currently very excited to be featured in the March issue of Time Out Doha.

Read the article online!

I picked up a few copies to save for the scrapbook (that I can create in our paper room!). We are still within our first year of operation and it is so satisfying to hit little milestones like this, when other people get as excited about Inspiration Station as I do and I can see the seeds planted over the past year starting to blossom! We have dreamt big and have great ambitions for Inspiration Station.

Once again I would like to thank everyone who has got in behind our little oasis of creativity and helped it grow. May it continue to do so…

 

Coming to a screen near you!

Introducing our Youtube channel…

We will gradually be posting exciting videos on lots of inspiring stuff.

  •  Reviews of the classes we offer
  • Enjoy some ‘How To’ tutorials for small projects with helpful tips and tricks
  • Be taken on a guided tour of the best spots in Doha for buying art and craft materials
  • Meet inspiring creative people who make wonderful things through a series of interviews

Check out our channel now!

 

Technical difficulties = :( New classes = :)

Good Morning everyone!

Starting with bad news… We are having some technical issues with the display of our class details on our calendar and class lists pages. We are working on a remedy but it is taking some time. Hopefully we will have everything back online soon.

Then the good news! In the meantime be sure to go directly to our Eventbrite account for class details.

www.ourinspirationstation.eventbrite.com

There are lots of new classes on the list for you to choose from. Here are a few of my favourites that I’m looking forward to:

Quilting –

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Free-motion Quilting

Tuesday 21st January, 5:30pm-8:30pm

Cost: 150QR

Class size: 6 students max.

Description: Get away from the straight lines and venture into free-motion quilting territory. This introduction class to free-motion quilting will set you on your way to giving your quilts a whole other layer of design.

Skills: Troubleshoot issues for thread tension whilst quilting. Learn a variety of free-motion quilting designs.

Requirements: All tools and materials are provided. This is an intermediate project so some basic sewing machine experience is preferred.

Register here for free-motion quilting

braid copy 2Woven Braid Quilt Border

Thursday 23rd and 30th January, 9:00-12:00pm

Cost: 300QR (2 sessions)

Class size: 6 students max.

Description: Let your quilt border take the spotlight by creating a stunning woven braid. It looks amazing but actually pieces together with minimal fuss.

Skills: Learn strip-piecing techniques. Pick up tips and tricks for matching seams for perfect points.

Requirements: All tools and materials are provided. This is an intermediate project so some basic experience is preferred.

NOTE: This class is 2 sessions in length – Tuesday 23rd and 30th January, both 9:00am-12:00pm. Both sessions should be attended.

Register for Woven Braid Quilt Border here

Stack’n’Whack Quilts

Sunday 26th January, 9:00am-12:00pm or Tuesday 28th, 5:30-8:30pm

Cost: 150QR

Class size: 6 students max.

Description: Learn how to create stunning kaleidoscope quilts using the stack’n’whack technique. This technique works best on large print fabrics (most of the time the uglier the better!). You will start to look at you fabric choices in a whole new way…

Skills: Learn how to identify repeats in print fabrics. Learn how to piece accurate point from equilateral triangles.

Requirements: All tools and materials are provided. This is a more advanced project so some experience is preferred.

Register for Sunday Stack’n’Whack

Register for Tuesday Stack’n’Whack

Garment Sewing –

understanding patternUnderstanding a Commercial Pattern

Wednesday 22nd and 29th January, 9:00am-12:00pm or 5:30pm-8:30pm

Cost: 300QR (2 sessions)

Class size: 6 students max.

Description: This introduction class to understanding how to use commercial patterns will help you unlock the secrets of making your own clothing. Practice your new found skills on your child, grandchild, friends child or even your teddy bear by making these cute little pajamas. This pattern covers all the basics in an achievable project.

Skills: Understand how to use a commercial pattern from selecting size to cutting to assembling garments.

Requirements: All tools and materials are provided. This is a beginners project so no previous experience is required although basic understanding of using a sewing machine is recommended.

NOTE: This class is scheduled for 2 sessions in length – January 22nd and 29th, 9:00am-12:00pm or 5:30pm-8:30pm. Both sessions should be attended.

Register for day class here

Register for evening class here

Circle Skirt

Wednesday 5th and 12th February, 9:00am-12:00pm or 5:30pm-8:30pm

Cost: 300QR (2 sessions)

Class size: 6 students max.

Description: Every girl needs a go-to skirt in her wardrobe and now you can make your own. You can even make 10 if you like! Long or short; full, half or quarter; bright, pattern, plain – make it your way.

Skills: Learn how to calculate and draft a pattern for different sized circle skirts, sew in a zip, add pockets and finish a rolled hem.

Requirements: All tools and materials are provided except for the skirt fabric. You will need to bring around 5 yards/4.5 meters of medium weight woven fabric (avoid knit fabric). Regular cottons are great but feel free to add a bit of glamour with a satin or a more casual feel with light denim. Contact me for a more specific guide for fabric yardage.

NOTE: This class is 2 sessions in length – Wednesday 5th and 12th February, 9:00am-12:00pm or 5:30pm-8:30pm. Both sessions should be attended. This is an intermediate project so some basic sewing experience is preferred.

Register for day class here

Register for evening class here

I hope we see you soon!

Coming up

A new year has kicked off and with it we have new classes. Here is what we have coming up next week:

Sewing – The big reversible whopper shopper

Sunday 12th, 9:00am-12:00pm

shopperCost: 150QR

Class size: 6 students max.

Description: This reversible ‘everyday’ bag has a great finish with plenty of pockets making it your new favourite tote. We have a great selection of fabrics to choose from so you can express your own style.

Skills: Build confidence with sewing machine and using a pattern.

Requirements: All tools and materials are provided. This is an intermediate level project so some basic sewing experience is preferred but not required. Just let me know if you are a beginner.

http://www.eventbrite.com/e/pre-reg-whopper-shopper-tickets-10004492707

Quilting – Log Cabins

Monday 13th, 9:00am-12:00pm

log cabinsCost: 150QR

Class size: 6 students max.

Description: For the beginner quilter we will look at the skills involved in making a log cabin block. This block design is so quick and easy you can have a finished quilt in no time!

Skills: Master basic patchwork skills from cutting, piecing and pressing accurately.

Requirements: All tools and materials are provided. This is a beginners project so no previous experience is required.

http://www.eventbrite.com/e/pre-rg-log-cabins-tickets-10059290609

Quilting – Apple Cores

Tuesday 14th, 9:00am-12:00pm

apple coresCost: 150QR

Class size: 6 students max.

Description: This apple core patchwork design is a great way to master curved piecing. This class also uses the Accuquilt fabric cutter for easy and accurate work.

Skills: Learn tips and tricks for piecing accurate curves. Learn how to use an Accuquilt fabric cutter.

Requirements: All tools and materials are provided. This is an intermediate level project so some basic experience is preferred.

http://www.eventbrite.com/e/pre-reg-apple-cores-tickets-10059328723

Custom Dressmakers Dummy

Wednesday 15th, 9:00am-12:00pm or 5:30pm-8:30pm

dummy copyCost: 200QR per person. If you are attending as a pair please book 2 tickets.

Class size: 20 students max.

Description: This class is the first in a series of garment construction classes that will be held every Wednesday morning and evening.

In this class you will be shown how to easily and effectively create your own custom dressmakers dummy based on your own body shape. Now you can sew and adjust clothing to fit you perfectly!

Skills: Learn to recognise measurements needed for dressmaking. Learn how to make a simple body cast

Requirements: All tools and materials are provided to make your own dummy. You only need to provide a t-shirt or similar that will actually become part of the dummy, so a shirt that you no longer want.

To make this dummy involves wearing close fitting clothing. If you would prefer to just watch the demonstration and take the materials and resources home to make your own dummy this is fine. Please note that for this reason this is a LADIES ONLY class.

If you would like to start making your dummy in the class you will need a friend (please book 2 tickets) and to work in pairs. You will be able to complete one body cast in class.

http://www.eventbrite.com/e/pre-reg-custom-dress-dummy-tickets-10001533857

Papercraft roundup

Thursday 16th, 9:00am-12:00pm

Cost: 150QR (Mini-album 200QR)

Class size: 6 students max.

Description: Choose from 4 different projects for this class:

Book binding – Learn how to bind a journal, sketchbook or photo album to your own specific size and style.

Quilling introduction – Learn the art of paper quilling and create a beautiful design.

Card making – Make personalised cards for any special occassion.

Mini-album scrapbooking – Whether you are new to scrapbooking or you are a page-making-pro, come and make a cute 6 page accordion fold mini album

Requirements: All tools and materials are provided. For the mini-album project make sure you bring some of your best snapshots, 5-10 will be perfect.

http://www.eventbrite.com/e/pre-reg-paper-craft-multiple-projects-tickets-10059368843

See you soon!

Closed for the winter

Please note that Inspiration Station will be closed until January 6th. 

DSCN4204I am currently enjoying the snow in New York and soaking up the wealth of inspiration the big apple has to offer. So many craft markets, art galleries and wonderful shops to visit…so little time!!

Is anyone else travelling this winter? Do share any stories of creative getaways or arty/crafty sights you have seen.

I will endeavour to have the schedule for January up as soon as possible. There are big plans for classes in the New Year. Looking forward to seeing you all again soon!