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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!

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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!

Wednesday Stitch Club

Sign up now for our Wednesday Stitch club!

9:00am to 12:00pm every week starting October 2nd

Come with friends, come make friends – either way join the club. Enjoy the comfort of the cozy room whilst you work on your handmade project whether it be crochet, knitting, embroidery, stitching the binding onto your quilt or even unpicking a recent disaster! It is all more fun to do in good company.

Cost: 15QR

Requirements: Just bring your project. Tea and coffee are provided.

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More social stitch, scrapbooking and painting groups will be organised for days and nights so watch out for more details!

Al Mushiri Co. – Bernina Dealership

Hi everyone!

Today I had to stop by Al Mushiri to pick up some supplies for our Bernina sewing machines. In our sewing room we have 6 Bernina sewing machines (1008 models) and Al Mushiri is our go-to for all our machines needs – feet, needles, accessories and maintenance. They have it all!

I was delighted to see that as well as supplying everything Bernina related they have expanded their sewing stock to include many quilters items such as rotary cutters, cutting mats, grids and rulers and lots of other bits and pieces.

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Most exciting was the stock of quilters fabrics. Although the souq (as I have written about before) has a reasonable stock of fabric, for those who are ready and willing to hunt and dig, seeing a good selection of quilters fabrics at Al Mushiri was a real treat!

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Fabrics are selling at 35 Qatar Riyal per meter

Make sure you head down for a look and shop. Jonathan behind the Bernina desk will be ready and willing to assist you. Or give him a call on 77131068 if you have any Bernina related questions.

To find Al Mushiri is very easy. It is marked on the map below – you want to turn right onto the service road/carpark directly after Ibn Al Atheer Street, which is the first street on your right as you come off the roundabout under the Al Jaidah flyover heading towards the civil defense roundabout. Look out for the big ‘Al Mushiri Co.’ sign.

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The building occupies the whole front of the block. There is parking in front but it is limited. You may need to circle around and park in the side street if you come at a busy time…although it is hard to say when that is!

Contact Al Mushiri:

Phone – 44423030, 4443599

Email – almushiri@qatar.net.qa

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)