October 23, 2014

Inspire Us Thursday, October 23!

Time to show it off and link it up! Link up your creations in fiber: sewing, cross-stitch, embroidery, knitting, crochet, the fiber of your choice. It's Inspire Us Thursday!

Today, click on the project just before yours -- that one's pretty easy, but click even if it doesn't look like your cup of tea. Take some time to see what another creator is producing and let them know you visited. If we only fill our creative wells with projects and styles like our own, our wells, and therefore our work, will become stagnant. Time to look around and see what else is out there.

And speaking of filling our creative wells be sure to visit my brand new page on Facebook (me? true!) and in addition to sharing what's happening here on the blog and behind the scenes, I'll be sharing little bits and pieces of inspiration as I find them. It's kind of lonely over there right now, but I'm busy pumping out sewing for Kids Clothes Week anyway.

Last week's most viewed link: Oh my! Click through to see the details of this gorgeous Shawl by Tales from Trish. I love the open lace pattern and the colorway.

October 21, 2014

Couch Craft: Bright Felt Ornament

Since July I've been wanting to try my hand at creating my felt Christmas bauble ornament in bright, non-traditional colors. I started October's couch craft making pumpkins (as yet unfinished), but the itch to get those ornaments out of my head grew too strong to ignore. So this past weekend I sat down in front of the TV with my glue gun and got them out of my head.

Bright Felt Bauble Ornament | The Inspired Wren #christmasornament #feltornament

October 16, 2014

Inspire Us Thursday, October 16!

It's Inspire Us Thursday! Time to show it off and link it up! Link up your creations in fiber: sewing, cross-stitch, embroidery, knitting, crochet, the fiber of your choice.

Today, click on a project opposite of yours -- if you work in yarn click on a fabric project, if your project is blue click on something orange, if yours is holiday inspired click on something summery. Take some time to see what another creator is producing and let them know you visited. If we only fill our creative wells with projects and styles like our own, our wells, and therefore our work, will become stagnant. Time to look around and see what else is out there.

And speaking of filling our creative wells be sure to visit my brand new page on Facebook (me? true!) and in addition to sharing what's happening here on the blog and behind the scenes, I'll be sharing little bits and pieces of inspiration as I find them. So be sure to click over and I'll keep trying to fill your creative well.

Last week's most viewed link: Check out these fabulous Skull Zippered Bags from Embroidery Mad! I love the red satin and lace combo, it looks all muscle and bone; and doesn't the zip placement look like you can reach right in to grab the brains? Perfect.

October 14, 2014

Halloween Hack: A Robot that Can Sit!

Halloween! It's almost here, and if you regularly use a sewing machine that means it's time to think costumes. Stephanie of Swoodson Says has put together a great blog tour to help you out; Halloween Hacks; PDF Patterns Halloweenified. For my part of the tour, I'm going to show you how to take three simple patterns (a dress, pajama bottoms, and a raglan tee) to create a flexible, sit-down-able Robot Baby [in our house Robot Baby is always said in our best robot voices].

Sew a Robot costume for Halloween from PDF patterns you already have on hand, and make your child comfortable (and able to sit!) by using foam instead of cardboard for shape! | The Inspired Wren