Autumn inspiration, pattern & colour from Dainty Dora
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Dear friend!

Welcome to the second round-up of inspiration and creativity from Dainty Dora's Inspiration Emporium.

The recent equinox marked the onset of 'autumn-proper' last week, shifting my focus to my own creativity (and productivity and inspirations) in terms of seasons; a theme I've noticed frequently in the blogs and articles I'm reading.
Tea with leaves
Autumn Leaves patter design by Rebecca Johnstone/Dainty Dora
Austin Kleon featured these wise words from an interview with Sister Corita Kent:

"Creative work has seasons. Part of the work is to know which season it is, and act accordingly."

Yes - so true!

And I particularly wanted to share this quote from Emily Gaines Demsky, shared on A Year of Creative Habits:

"It isn’t always neat and tidy, or easy - there are frosty springs and wet autumns, there is too much rain or not enough rain, there are caterpillars and hornworm and lack of inspiration and paint that cracks when it dries, there is flooding and drought and not enough hours in the day, but if we keep at it - if we keep showing up and tending our fields and trusting in the rhythm of the seasons, there will be a harvest, a time of creative bounty when the work is flowing and magic is alive in the studio..."

Gorgeous words. Do you recognise patterns in your own productivity/creativity? Do they ebb and flow with the seasons?

I find I get distracted in the summer, feeling compelled to be out enjoying the long, light nights so I'm looking forward to reaping and sowing (sewing?!) some 'creative bounty' over the next few months.

Meanwhile, in pattern news, a design of mine inspired by a watercolour galaxy is in the final round of the Spoonflower 'Headbands for Hope' competition. It's such a great project; the brief being to design a pattern to be used on headbands for children with cancer. The theme was 'DREAMERS'. 

Read more and vote - my pattern is featured below. Thank you in advance! (Voting closes on Tuesday 27th September.)
A dreamy, hopeful pattern of silver stars and overlapping clouds in a magical, pastel-hued galaxy. I love this combination of mint, pink, lilac & blue.
In actual sewing news, last month I promised I'd share the finished fascinator/hairband I made for myself for a family wedding. Here it is:
Fascinator by Dainty Dora
Fascinator by Dainty Dora
I bought the gold hairband, adding a large corsage in cream and gold, with a 'nest' of millinery veiling, a spiral of pink synamay and some vintage buttons. It matched my outfit perfectly - especially my gold, bejewelled shoes!

Shop hairbands and fascinators in my Folksy shop for autumn/winter accessory inspiration.

Below, a round-up of recent features from the blog:
  • The day I went behind-the-scenes-at-the-museum - Paisley Museum - for PaisleyMake, a festival of fashion & creativity with local designers (some images from the textile archives below)
  • Environmental activism in collage: You Cut Me To The Quick
  • Finding the 'cherry blossom moment' in Marie Kondo's book 'Spark Joy'; the 'sequel' to her bestseller The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying.
Textile pattern templates, Paisley Museum
Paisley Museum archive
And a few other inspiring things from cyberspace:

Some of my arty friends are taking part in the #IKEAsketchproject over on Instagram. Devised by Annette of I Give You The Verbs, the idea is to sketch something from a specified page of the IKEA catalogue - so cool, though I only managed to join in once...

I was really intrigued by these silk hair wraps - they look like funky day-wear as well as a cool (and highly sophisticated) way to keep your hair nice while you sleep. I'd go for 'The Dita' or 'The Poppy'...*adds to wish-list*.

What are you doing to usher in the new season? Maybe you hate autumn?

Check out my Oh So Autumn board on Pinterest to see if I can change your mind. If all else fails, I recommend this podcast by Garance Doré - everything's fabulous in a French accent!

Thanks so much for reading. If you enjoyed it, please forward to a like-minded friend - new readers can sign-up via the side-bar on the blog or click here.

Until next month,

Rebecca aka Dainty Dora x
Autumn leaf - do you see a face in there?
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