I had a visit from a fabric rep the other day and there was a mention of 'boring fabric', it kind of crept into the conversation. The idea that there is boring fabric is eating away at me...
A rainbow of 'plain' fabric.
Where or what is this boring fabric....? I can't think of any fabric I find boring, not even just 'plain', solid, monochromatic fabric.... there's so much you can do with it.
I know we all get inspired by different artist's, patterns, colours and probably there are colours and designs that don't excite you ... so you don't buy or own those. I'm not a great fan of gingham for example, nor do I particularly like lemon yellows but I know a lot of people do. I wouldn't describe those fabrics as boring, they just don't do anything for me.
If 'inspiring' is the opposite of 'boring' in this instance, what is is that inspires you?
What do you do when you're looking for inspiration? Do you look at fabric ? Or do you think about what you'd like to make and then think about what you'd like to make it from?
I think I start from being inspired by things I see that I'd like to make. I get inspiration from blogs, books, magazines and then there's things you need around the house, so I get prompted to make .... new cushion covers.... fabric coasters.... place settings... hot pads for the kitchen... rice bags for aching shoulders and it gives me pleasure to see things around the house that I've made, which in turn inspires me to keep making.
I think 'boring' is a state of mind, it's a bit like the children when they shout 'Mum... I'm bored....', as the terror recedes, you know it's time to break out the paints, or go to the park... just change something so they can be stimulated by something different, something new. I think it's the same with fabric or anything creative actually... sometimes you need to spice things up a little.
Sometimes, you need a change just to recapture the excitement that sewing/creating gives you.
If your sewing 'muse' (there probably is one) has left you, what do you? Do you blame the fabric or do you something useful and make some changes, do something different, try something new?
What works for me is a trip around my favourite blogs, searching for some new ones.... visiting the craft section in the library.... going for a walk looking at the colours I see around me. This is a fantastic time of year for colour.
To help things along a little I thought I'd have a giveaway. This is a book full of surprises, 'Sewing Bits & Pieces' by Sandi Henderson. If you've not come across her before she's a talented fabric designer for Michael Miller.
and just as cute...look at this lovely little owl.
These party lights are really different.
And many of these projects use small pieces of fabric so it's a good way of using up all those scraps that get left behind from larger projects, such as this Story Time quilt.
If you'd like to join in with this giveaway, then please leave a comment on this post by the 3rd November and I'll use the random number generator to select the winner.
But, no! I really don't see a time when I look at fabric and find it 'boring'.