Being Inspired, Quilt from Country Stitches

Projects and Inspiration

Being Inspired with MaterialsYou have time on your hands and want to crochet or sew a project. Do you look for inspiration and decide on the type of project during the process or do you decide on the type of project first…sewing or crocheting?

Before I look for inspiration, I like to know what type of project I will be working on…sewing or crocheting. If I have a weekend free, I will choose a project to sew. If it’s a case where I will be working on the project during the evening, I will choose one to crochet. The reason being, I prefer to sew when I have natural light.

Where do you find your inspiration?

My sister being inspired

My sister being inspired

My inspiration comes from a variety of sources, depending on if I will be crocheting or sewing.

For crocheting, my inspirations include:

  • Crochet books I have purchased
  • Crochet magazines: Crochet! and Crochet World
  • Ravelry
  • Craftsy
  • Crochet Guild of America website member resources
  • Pinterest
  • Free in-store patterns

Right now, I am currently inspired by “The Best of Mary Maxim: Ripple Afghans” by Leisure Arts. Since it is currently -20 degrees on average in Michigan, blankets seem very appropriate.

For sewing, my inspirations include:

  • Local store – Country Stitches in East Lansing, MI. The store is PERFECT. This is, by far, my favorite place to get inspiration.
  • Sewing patterns I have purchased
  • Pinterest
  • Free patterns from Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores