We’re on vacation in Ireland and while there are millions of sheep, bins of beautiful yarns, and sweaters in every shop, there are still lots of cool fabrics to get me inspired–
I bought this layered scarf at the Galway Street Market. It’s basically 3 descending triangles of light/sheer fabric that are serged on the edges and sewn together at the top.
I can’t wait to get home and create my own version on my vintage industrial serger. Combining different fabrics and trims in a single piece is my favorite part of what I do!
I especially like the covered button badges in the book. They’re a great way to use up the little bits and homeless words that I can’t bear to part with.
Fabric makes a great souvenir. It packs flat and won’t break in your baggage. I thought these red, white, and blue scooters were unique and bought a meter to cut up and for throw pillows and pot holders. Like the woman in the shop said–people are passionate about their bikes.
Finally when I see something in my travels that I want to try at home, I go back to the hotel and make a quick sketch. Sketching is much less intrusive than snapping pictures of people’s clothing, shop goods, or furniture. Plus, so many photos seem to get lost down the digital rabbit hole —
Old school sketching works best for me. Yes, I know it’s paper–but I never leave home without it.
So how to do you capture and save inspiration?