Tag Archives: Decoration

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

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All the trimmings at Taliban Tailoring Materials

If you are on the hunt for zips, buttons, ribbons, trimmings, thread, beads, embroidered embellishments, chord and more then Taliban Store is for you. It is a hidden gem but is relatively easy to find (see map below – marked with a T). They are close to the roundabout on the corner of Hiteen Street and Rawadat Al Khail Street. Look out for their blue shop sign.

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Parking is reasonable in the mornings but even at busy times there is a regular coming and going of people, so if you hang around long enough you can usually slot into someones space as they leave. I have always found parking space in the street opposite the shop.

The shop isn’t large but their stock is bountiful. In other words it is bursting at the seams so be prepared to dig!

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Don’t forget to look up. Every surface of this shop is covered in stock!
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The thread wing – what you see in this picture is only the tip of the thread-berg! Regular machine thread and embroidery thread in an array of colors.

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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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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!

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!

Cushions!

They are cuddly, supportive and look fantastic. No, not the guy/girl of your dreams…I’m talking cushions!

Cushions are a quick, easy and effective way to liven up a space with a splash of color and texture. They are also super easy to make and can provide you with endless opportunity to put your personal touch in the home. Start searching for cushion tutorials and you will see what I mean! In fact – check out our Pinterest page ‘Live it’ and let us do the searching for you.

But every once in a while the perfect cushion is right there in a shop, ready for you to buy. This is what happened to me not too long ago. I was meandering through Debenhams in City Centre when I came across these beautiful babies.

The paint tubes and brushes are a printed design, the pencils are chain stitch embroidery.
The paint tubes and brushes are a printed design, the pencils are chain stitch embroidery.

I instantly thought “COZY ROOM!!”. They are perfect for Inspiration Station. So look forward to a snuggle with these in the not too distant future.

(Even better they were on special – buy 2 get one free!! It was fate…)