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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!

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!

Paint

jotun2Hello all! I am happy to report that plenty of planning and progress is being made here at Inspiration Station. Lots of important decisions are being made, for example – colour schemes. Soon we will be heading to our local Jotuns to start choosing colors for our wonderful walls. The space we will soon occupy, 4 main rooms, needs a revamp. Time to paint!

Useful advice for choosing wall colors

Colouring walls is an exciting but sometimes daunting task. Where do you start?! Here are some tips and advice when considering colours for wall decoration.

  1. Inspiration – Start looking for ideas! Colour inspiration can come from so many sources – looking at objects that are special to you, artworks that catch your eye, outfits that you think look fab, furniture you love and more. Flick through magazines and books and try to identify what you like about certain color schemes. Is it the mood the colours invoke? Is it the space the colours create? You can even try colour scheme generators like this one.
  2. Lighting – Colours can change dramatically depending on the effects of light, either natural light at different times of the day or the bulb type and wattage you have in the room. Light and shadow can alter the shades and tones of a colour giving it a very different look. Before committing to a decision test your colour choice by observing it under different light conditions.
  3. Flooring – Do you have hard floors or carpeting? Your floor treatment can influence your wall colours too, and not just because of their hue. Where carpets absorb light and colour, creating a cozy atmosphere, hard floors tend to reflect even if the flooring is dark.
  4. Room structure – Look at the size of the room, the height of your ceilings, the size of your windows and the details of wood trims and architrave. All of these elements will influence your colour choices – bigger windows allow you to consider darker tones, higher ceilings suggest lighter colours etc.
  5. Paint Quality – Remember, you get what you pay for and better quality paints will give you better quality pigment.
  6. Flawless – Use colour to hide flaws or awkward spaces in a room. Do this by limiting your range of colours to a minimum – work within shades of the same colour.
  7. Size matters – Generally the smaller the space the lighter your colour choice should be. This is especially true in bathrooms.
  8. Room by room – Keep living areas lighter in tones for a more relaxed and comfortable space. Let your personality show in the bedroom. Realise that wall colour choice in the kitchen is generally dominated by other colours such as the whiteware and benchtops. Use the guest room as an experimental zone to test out ideas without major consequence. Have fun with kids rooms by painting chalkboard walls, murals, using vinyl stickers and painting the ceiling! Have even more fun in the hallway, a space you spend little time!
  9. Moody – Dark colours create intimacy, cool colors create calm, yellows and cremes help to create warmth and comfort. Colour creates mood so get in tune with what you want a room to feel like.
  10. Be bold – Don’t be afraid of using bolder colours (but if you are feeling timid perhaps limit them to a feature wall).

Source inspiration: iVillage – ‘How to choose foolproof wall paint colours

Chips!

One of the great things about going to the paint shop is getting your mitts on all the pretty paint chips. Have a look at a few of these ideas for what can be done with these little swatches of colour!

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Click image to link to source – Ombre card decorations
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Click image to link to source – Garlands galore
Click image to link to source – Forget the paint!

Inspiration is coming to town

What is Inspiration Station?

The short answer to this is we are an art and craft school located just behind the Al Waab (also known as Teyseer) petrol station in Doha, Qatar. But really, we are so much more!

We are a club of crafters, a getaway from the day-to-day, a relaxing retreat, a pit stop, a creative oasis, a family of makers, a partnership, a haven of hoarders, a posse of creatives, a community – the list goes on…

Who is Inspiration Station?

Louise and Mel are two crafty individuals.

Louise is owner and operator of CESK, the longest established Pre-school in Qatar, enjoying over 20 years of continued service. She is hands on and loves hand-made. Her love affair with crafty gadgets knows no bounds and she sometimes needs to be forcibly restrained from acquiring more. 

Mel loves to make stuff. Trained in Fine Arts she worked as Head of Secondary Art and Design at an international school in Doha since 2007. She always has a sewing, illustration, graphic design, sculpture, photography, painting and/or crafting project on the go. Creativity is messy and Mel is a very messy person!

We formed Inspiration Station with an awareness of Qatar’s talented and booming community of creatives. We aim to provide these people with somewhere to meet up and make amazing things. We also recognise the demand, by those not already hooked into creating, for classes that encourage getting hands and minds busy.

Our Aims

Creativity is contagious and we want to pass it on! Whether you are an absolute beginner or an experienced crafter, Inspiration Station aims to provide you with the fuel to create amazing things.

Types of Fuel:

IdeasIdeas – Don’t know where to get started? Feeling uninspired? Then come to us for a dose of inspiration. The seed of a new idea can come from so many sources – from learning a new technique, discovering a new material, browsing books and magazines, talking with others and sharing projects. We want to help you come up with the big ideas.

SkillsSkills and Information– If you need to learn the basics, are wanting to brush up on what you already know or are looking to extend yourself in a new direction we will teach you the skills. We also want to share important and sometimes hard to find information. Where do you buy good quality fabrics here in Qatar? Who are some of the best quality paint and canvas suppliers? What screen printing equipment can you get your hands on in Doha? We will let you know!

ToolsTools and resources – You may just be getting started in your interest in sewing, paper crafting, painting or more and aren’t willing or able to invest in all of the equipment. You may have just arrived in Qatar and had to leave a lot of your ‘toys’ behind. Whatever your situation we want to make life (and creating) easy for you and will provide all of the tools and equipment you need.

Space and TimeTime and space – The thing every crafter and artist can’t get enough of! Dedicated time without interruption and the space to spread out and get creative. These can sometimes be in short supply – not at Inspiration Station. We have four spaces for your use: Our sewing room with six fully equipped work stations, paper crafting room with gadgets galore, wet room for messy work and (maybe best of all) ‘The Cozy Room’ for serious R&R with your latest project or just a magazine and a hot cup of coffee.

SocialSocialising – Come meet and make friends with like-minded people who share your interests. Great ideas don’t happen in a vaccum so let the creative juices flow alongside good conversation, either over a sewing machine, die cutter, easel or coffee table. After all, sharing is caring.

More Details

When do we open?

We are planning to open our doors in early September. Specific dates are to be confirmed so stay tuned for more details. We will be sharing all of our progress as we get set up over the summer so you can stay up to date and join in our excitement.

UPDATE: We opened our doors on September 7th! 

What are our hours?

Initially we will be open from 7.30am to 1.30pm, Sunday to Thursday. We aim to extend these hours as the school develops over the coming year.

We will also have a broad schedule of afternoon, evening and weekend classes available for sign up depending on demand.

UPDATE: See our opening hours here – https://ourinspirationstation.wordpress.com/about/opening-hours/

What are our fees and how do you register?

We have two main aims with regards to our fees. 1) To be as affordable as possible and 2) that class costs will cover everything you require for a project – tuition, equipment and resources. You can walk in empty handed and leave with something fantastic and made by you!

In general class costs will be between 100-200QR per session, sessions being 3 hours. More specific details on class costs and registration details are available with individual class listings managed on our Eventbrite page – http://ourinspirationstation.eventbrite.com

Where are we?

We are very easy to find! We are located directly behind the Al Waab petrol station – see map (ignore the ‘B’ marker).

Inspiration Station shares premises with CESK. Please note that there is plenty of car parking space available.

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How can you contact us?

If you have further questions please feel free to send us an email, a tweet, a Facebook message or comment below! (Read our contact page for more details)