Where Do You Get Your Crafty Inspiration?

Austin

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We’ve seen some great posts about crafts, collecting and displays this month, and are feeling quite motivated to create! We want to know what your favorite resources are for crafty inspiration and ideas, and have also gathered some suggestions of our own…

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Whether you knit, collage, scrap book, make pillows or any other number of DIY projects around your home, we're curious where you get your ideas from. Do you search for ideas on blogs and in magazines? Do you find inspiration for craft projects on television? Are you inspired by creative friends? Or do you feel like you need a little help and take craft classes?

If you fall into the latter category and live in Austin, we've rounded up three great options for local classes:

  • Leslie Bonnell’s Stitch Lab Leslie Bonnell started the Stitch Lab in a small studio in her South Austin home's backyard a few years ago to share sewing knowledge with those willing to learn. After two decades of creating costumes for the award-winning Zach Theatre in Austin, it’s clear Bonnell has plenty of knowledge to share. Potential students can choose from classes like basic sewing skills, pattern making, handbags, pillows, alterations, embroidery and more.
  • The Stitching Studio Opened by Ann Randall, a talented lady with over 40 years of experience, the Stitching Studio is a great choice for residents who live in North Austin or who are looking for classes on a budget. Also offering classes like basic sewing skills, handbags, quilting and more, you can take the knowledge you learn here and apply it to a whole number of personal and home crafting projects.
  • The WonderCraft A relatively new operation here in Austin, the WonderCraft is run by Beth Albrecht, Beth Hempton, Jenifer Bryan, and Kimberly Sae-Eua. Offering a different variety of classes than those at the Stitch Lab and the Stitching Studio, you can learn things like print making, book binding, photography, jewelry making, bath and body crafts as well as sewing classes and more. A mobile operation, they hold classes at various locations throughout the city, and will soon be offering classes out of a retrofitted Airstream trailer.

Still want more resources? Check out this Google map that local Austin crafter and blogger Rachel Hobson (Average Jane Crafter) created of Austin's best places to get craft supplies and meet other crafters.

Where do you go to learn crafts in your city? Are there any well-kept secret craft studios you want to share? Where did you learn your crafty skills from, a friend or family member? Let us know!

(Images: Flickr member [The Stitch Lab in Austin, Texas] licensed for use under Creative Commons)