Some of our teacher who will be at the SAGA Convention in Winston-Salem tell us how they are inspired.
Anything I see that has a regular shape may “plant a seed” for a smocking plate, or it could just create a theme in my mind, such a “bows”. I always come away from SAGA Convention or a workshop feeling inspired to create. I think it is being surrounded by ladies that are just so enthusiastic about smocking and it makes me try and think “outside the box”.
So many things! I have been inspired by advertisements, color combinations, and of course by fabric that begs to made into something special. I also have collections of antique magazines, patterns, clothing, hankies and other textiles and I often look to them for inspiration.
My designs are mainly inspired by old things. I love old baby clothes. I examine old baby garments for inspiration and am lucky that many people share their treasured baby clothes with me. Many of my designs/patterns and classes came from garments shared with me. I am especially drawn to the styles from 1900 through 1940's.
Absolutely everything! One time I based a design on a bar of soap. When we went to the beach, I took a picture of the dime-store rug in the entranceway of the beach house rental because I really liked the palette; everyone else was snapping pictures of the ocean. Once, a furniture ad inspired a vest. When I walk through my yard, I take time to look at the really tiny wildflowers, count their petals, and decide which stitches they could be. I tend to see tiny pieces of things, not necessarily the whole. I really have a different drummer (maybe we all do, but just don’t realize it), and I like to push the envelope. As a consequence, I try a lot of stuff that just doesn’t work J
This question makes me laugh! I wish I knew the answer to this question. If pressed for a real answer, I would have to say that visiting museum collections of antique clothes and perusing vintage photos and patterns of children’s clothing. Inspiration can be anywhere; you just have to open your mind to all possibilities.
All sorts of things – historical embroidery, flowers, periods in history, poems and stories.
A fabric, a color, a shape.