Wednesday, September 25, 2013


One of the questions that I often get is “Where do you get your ideas?”. I design and write patterns for the shop and national craft publications. Some of the things that I do for publication have certain themes but the way the themes are implemented is up to me. The short answer to the question is “Everywhere!”.

 I read a lot so the atmosphere created by a story might lead to a color scheme or style. I’ve been reading many historical novels this summer so fitted garments with lace accents are floating around in my head. No tight corsets necessary though!   

 I hike around east Tennessee with a friend. My camera goes with me. Those of you who are friends with me on Facebook see some of the pictures from these hikes. What you don’t see are the ones of strangely colored fungi or an odd bark on a stump. These are to remind me of colors and textures found in nature. Flower shots may show up in embroidery patterns. My pictures are nothing that would win any awards in a photography contest, but good enough for me! Try it sometime. The fresh air, beauty of the outdoors, and good company are a great way to sooth the stress of everyday life and rejuvenate the creative spirit.

Sometimes inspiration comes from unexpected places. Sitting at a stop light one morning, I noticed that the tail lights of the car ahead had an odd pattern on the acrylic cover. I remembered it and incorporated it in a knitting pattern for a small purse. Yes, it was a long light.

Lastly, some of my inspiration comes from meeting people and teaching classes. Both push me to try different things and improve my skills. Doing a specialized technique leads to a swatch, then a sample and a finished design which I can share with friends and customers.

Inspiration can come from anywhere at anytime. Observe, listen, and absorb the world around you. You can’t help but be inspired!


Anonymous said...

I so enjoyed reading about your sources of inspiration! Especially how the tail light of a car inspired you! Lovely lovely post.

Marjolaine said...

Great advice, I'm inspired!

Rita Barakat said...

I agree! I am inspired by everything - sometimes the weirdest things will give the greatest inspiration! I especially love furniture catalogs!