One question I do get asked quite a bit, is “Where do you get your ideas from?” and it is a question that I struggle with sometimes! By nature, I am quite a random person, and rarely have any type of plan! And much as I hate to admit it, quite often I just make whatever I feel like at the time! Great from a creative point of view, lousy from a business point of view!
At any one time, I have a huge list of projects that I want to do – ideas that come to me, suggestions made by friends, or by my lovely Facebook group members. Sometimes they involve purchased patterns – these tend to be embroidery, and are very straight forward – you buy a pattern, and you stitch it! Even then, I do rebel against instructions, and if at all possible, I alter a stitch, or a colour, to make it that little bit more unique! One of my favourite places to purchase patterns online purely provide an outline drawing – perfect for me! I can choose what stitch to do where, what colour scheme to use, and even leave out sections, if I choose. Wonderful for someone who can’t draw for toffee!
Sometimes though, inspiration does strike at the strangest of times. I visited a town near me called Bakewell – famous for its tarts! Also famous locally for its fabulous Monday market. Bakewell is a very picturesque town in the heart of the Peak District, on the banks of the River Wye. To get to the market from the carpark, you have to cross the famous Lock Bridge, and this is the view! How beautiful is this?
I have been looking back at these photos for a while, trying to decide how I could translate them into an embroidery. I really wanted to incorporate the water, and the trees, but with a distinct lack of drawing skills, I was a little stuck!
Inspiration struck when I was browsing Facebook, and saw a post from one of my favourite jewellery makers, Louise Goodchild designs. Louise was taking part in the #Inktober campaign, and the prompt for that day was #tranquil It really struck me as soon as I saw it, that it was the perfect interpretation of what I had in my mind! Louise very kindly gave me permission to use her sketch as the basis of an embroidery, and this is the result. I was so pleased with how it turned out.
This just goes to prove that inspiration strikes at strange times, and things come to pass in strange ways! Now, if only I could get someone to sketch all my other ideas for me………….