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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.

Pleated Texture

I’m loving the variety of design ideas that can be explored with this twisted pleat texture! Have a look at my cushion.

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I decided to go rainbow bright for a added optical illusion. I want to try out smaller, tighter pleats with one subtle colour and also experiment with the pleats running diagonal on the cushion.

As of right now I have spaces available in my textured cushion class. Come along and try this technique out yourself!

THURSDAY 23rd 5:30-8:30pm –Register here
MONDAY 27th, 9:00am-12:00pm –Register here

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!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Today – a crochet pattern, just for you. Enjoy!

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I made this scarf for my child-of-the-80’s husband! Turtle power!!

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I have Louise to credit for this idea. I developed this TMNT pattern from the Skull Scarf kits I put together for our halloween bazaar. Lou poked fun at one attempt saying it looked more like a ninja turtle than a skull. “Oooo!” I thought, “Good idea!!”.

The original skull pattern I was inspired by came from Yella. With a bit of tweaking and experimentation I think I have come up with something fun, easy and “totally gnarly, dude!”. I really encourage people to try adapting and customising crochet patterns as you learn so much from the experience. It is not as difficult as you might think! As you begin to understand the different crochet stitches and try different designs challenge yourself (and your confidence) with some improv crochet.

So, without further ado…the pattern! (First pattern I’ve even written so if there are any suggestions on how to make it better then let me know!!)

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Instructions

Step 1: Eyes (RED for Raphael, ORANGE for Michelangelo, BLUE for Leonardo and PURPLE for Donatello)

ch12 and slip st into first ch to make a foundation ring.

ch12 again and slip st into first ch of this round to make a second foundation ring (like a figure 8).

sc6 into first ring, ch5 and slip st back 4, sc1 into the ring, ch5 and slip back 4,  sc7 into the ring.

sc14 into second ring and slip st to finish.

Step 2: Forehead (GREEN)

Finding the first stitch is hard to describe…I hope this makes sense.

sc in 6th st from the last slip st in ‘the centre’.

Work along the row – sc2, hdc2, dc2, hdc2, sc3 to make 12st in this row. Turn work.

*sc in 1st st from hook. sc1 into each st except the last one. Turn work.*

repeat to make 5 rows with the final row being 8st. Slip st to finish.

Step 3: Mouth (GREEN)

Row 1 – sc in 6th st from ‘the centre’. sc1 in each st to make 12st. Turn work.

Row 2 – sc in 1st st from hook. Work along the row – sc2, hdc2, dc2, hdc2, sc3. (12st total)

Row 3 – ch6. sc into 5th st in row2. sc3 more into the row. ch6. Slip st into last st of row 2. Turn work

Row 4 – sc10 into the ring that has been made by row 3. sc4 into 4st of row 3 shown in bold. sc10 into the next ring. Slip st into first st of row 2 to finish.

Step 4: Joining

To join the heads together to make a scarf simply create 5 rows (or more if you like) of 8st from the top of the head then either join using slip st to the chin of the next turtle head or whip stitch using needle and matching yarn. I used a light brown much like the turtles chest color.

Other ideas for joining:

Making coloured stripes based on their mask colours.

Grey circles like manhole covers

Pizza slices

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Here is a stitch chart for your reference

Please share your work if you give this pattern a go. I would love to see what people come up with!

ATTENTION: This free pattern is shared for personal use only. Please do not publish or sell for commercial purposes without permission. Respect and credit where it is due!

Art Elements

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I got a moment on Thursday night for a brief visit to Art Elements, the recently opened art and craft supply shop in The Gate Mall. I had heard all about it, checked out their Facebook page and had high hopes for this new shop. I was not disappointed!

There are a lot of things working in their favor.  They are very well stocked with a diverse range of media for many art and craft projects. From drawing and painting on different surfaces – textile, ceramic, glass, canvas and paper – to decoupage, marbling and clay work. They have a great stock of canvas in different sizes and shapes, brushes, spray paints, gold leaf…the list goes on. What I like best is that in any product they seem to have the full range of colours available. The products are good quality and seem to be well priced.

I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves but I can say that it is well worth a visit. I look forward to seeing how this shop develops.

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A must see is their fantastic selection of easels. So many to choose from!
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Products range from finger paints for children to professional quality oil paints.

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A creative space for workshops that Art Elements provide.

The Gate Mall is opposite City Centre and next to Salem Plaza. See the map below:

They are on the second level in the mall. Give them a call on 4407 7174 if you have any questions about their stock.

So, you need another reason to go and visit?! Okay – Art Elements are right beside these super cool jelly fish! One of the coolest decorations I have seen in a Doha mall yet.

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Week 1

A lot of hard work and planning has paid off in what has been a great first week here at Inspiration Station. It all started on Saturday 7th September with our open day craft market. It was so exciting to see such creative talent all under one roof. We had vendors selling their handmade items, from crochet toys, kids clothes, paintings, jewelry, bookmarks, photography, furniture and so much more. A huge thank you to everyone who got involved. It was lovely to meet all the vendors and see connections being made between such talented individuals. And thank you to everyone who came along and supported us. I hope you all enjoyed the market and all of your purchases!

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The market was such a success that we will definitely be looking at hosting more events like this in the future. If you are someone who would like to sell at a market like this please email us your details and we will add you to our mailing list for this in the future.

Classes began on the Sunday and throughout this week some wonderful work has been produced. I hope all of our first students have had a good time!

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Remember to keep an eye on our class schedule for upcoming classes. Also, if you have something you particularly want to learn or make then let us know. We are happy to look at scheduling a session with your request in mind.

So all in all we have been settling into the new space and things are looking really good.

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Our paper room is still under construction. There is a huge (and very exciting) collection of stamps and punches and papers and stickers and gadgets and stencils and…and…so many lovely things to tidy into shelves ready for you to play with! So look out for the unveiling of this room soon!

I hope you have all had a lovely weekend. Bring on week 2!!

How To: Tissue Paper Flowers

You will need:

Scissors
Tissue paper
A little bit of tape to finish them off
To make one flower you need two coloured strips each measuring 10 cm x 75cm. The size of the strips will influence the size of the flower petals so feel free to play around with the measurements for more variety. Mix and match the colours between flowers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Start by rolling up one strip of the tissue. The first roll will be your flower colour. Don’t roll it too tight…you want to be able to fit your pinky finger inside for a good size.

Leave a tail about 7-8cm at the end.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Line up the next strip of tissue (your leaf colour) so that it can be wound onto the roll.

Roll them together so that you have one colour on the outside and another on the inside.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flatten two thirds of the tube and make a cut at the base of this going across the tube.

(My example looks more like half way but I intended to have the flattened section showing on the right…see?)

The cut should come pretty close to the edge but be careful not to cut all the way through.

 

 

 

 

 

 

On the flattened section cut a curved line from the top edge/corner round to the first cut. You are cutting through many layers of tissue which can be pretty hard going. Be careful not the cut through the narrow area that is created by the first cut.

When this section is folded open it will create a petal/leaf shape.

 

 

 

 

 

 

There will be a few petals/leaves that alternate in colour in the middle of your ‘stack’.  Also there will may be some that are cut in half. Pluck them out!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fold down the leaf colour. You can trim the end to create a point and make a serrated edge. The leaf shape is up to you so experiment!

The same goes for the petal. Here I have rounded it out.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Roll the petals around a pen. Please note that this is a Jumbo Sharpie pen and it’s not that I have freakishly small hands!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pinch the edges of the petals as they are around the pen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You should end up with something that looks like this…now for the über fun part!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By holding the base as shown in the picture and then pulling at the first petal carefully extend the tube to make THIS!

By gently winding the tube tighter the leaves and petals will create a spiral. This is the tricky part. You want to make sure the tube ‘tension’ stays even.

Once you have created a cool spiral you need to push the top back down to its original position…only this time all the leaves and petals are beautifully arranged to create a flower. This part is maybe the hardest bit. Do it slowly taking your time. You may need to adjust the tightness of the tube to allow it to squash down easier.

Once you are done a little sticky tape at the base will hold everything together.

That was fun right?

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial. If you make anything exciting with your flowers (headdress, flower arrangement, garland, parade float!) I would LOVE to see pictures of your creations!

Craft Market

With only two weeks to go until our grand opening (EEK! So excited!!) I wanted to introduce you to a few of the fabulous crafters who will be selling their wonderful things in our craft market.

Remember:

Saturday, September 7th, 8:30am to 1:30pm

Be there!

As well as shopping at the following crafty/arty stalls we will have food and drinks for sale, some inspirational demonstrations and the opportunity to sign up for our classes in the coming weeks. It is going to be heaps of fun and hopefully very inspirational!

See you soon!

 

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https://www.facebook.com/BeautifulMindsBookM
flutterbyq
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Flutterbysqatar/208306045959723
love-of-lolly
http://www.facebook.com/fortheloveoflollybynourakaloti
dana
https://www.facebook.com/dana.diala
cherub
https://www.facebook.com/LesCherubinsArt & http://www.les-cherubins.blogspot.com
gab-pezo
https://www.facebook.com/gabpezodesign
seamstresses
https://www.facebook.com/Theseamstresses
NYDC
http://www.facebook.com/nydcandbeyond
jspcraft
https://www.facebook.com/pages/JSP-CRAFT-LAND/527583070619475
expressions
http://www.facebook.com/expressionsjewels
crue
http://www.creuqatar.com & http://www.facebook.com/creuqatar
bespoke
http://www.facebook.com/bespokeimprintsqatar

http://www.facebook.com/wasanforart

http://www.sarahreecejewellery.com

https://www.facebook.com/Theseamstresses

http://www.shwetakapoor.com

And more…

Pattern process

Good morning!

The painters are in and giving our walls a new lick of paint. I can’t wait to show you how things are looking here at Inspiration Station. There has been a lot of behind the scenes action and now things are really beginning to kick off. It is very exciting to see months of talking turn into action.

Today I just wanted to share something I have been working on for our cozy room. Ah! The cozy room!! This room will be for chilling out and relaxing, talking over your projects and sharing ideas. We have big comfy couches to recline on in a yummy chocolate colour and the walls are currently being painted tones of pale turquoise. It all reminds me of chocolate chip ice-cream.

For this room I wanted to create a feature wall with a beautiful paint decoration technique I have seen. Using the same or similar tone of colour you paint designs in a contrasting texture, in our case gloss against matt paint. It creates a subtle but very effective design. Examples I have seen use everything from ornate fleur de lis to funky geometric shapes. I was wanting to use something that reflected our Inspiration Station brand.

 

So, here is what I have come up with:

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How did I create this design? Using our logo as a starting point I simply played around with reflecting and rotating the initials of ‘Inspiration Station’. I have used Adobe Illustrator but any software will do. Even the humble pencil and a piece of tracing paper will do the trick.

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Next step is to create a stencil out of card so I can trace the design onto the wall. Then I will paint it all using a slightly darker toned gloss. I will share pictures as soon as it is done!