12 May 2013

Pinterest for Sewing Inspiration


Pinterest have invited me to be part of their #PinItForwardUK campaign to help introduce Pinterest to the UK. If you're a regular reader, or an IRL friend, or sit in my office, or have ever been on one of the courses I run in my day job, you'll probably be aware that Pinterest is one of my FAVOURITE THINGS EVER so I'm delighted to continue that evangelism in this blog post. (And no, I'm not getting paid to say this.)

I'm sure most of you know what Pinterest is, but in case it just sounds like yet another social media tool that you don't have time to get your head around, let me explain why it's so awesome. Pinterest is basically an online tool for keeping track of things that inspire you. If you find a picture, video or article online that you like and want to refer back to later, you can "pin" an image from that web page to one of your virtual pin boards. Plus you can follow other people - or selected boards they've created - to check out what's inspiring them. You can also use it as an image search engine. The major point of difference to other social platforms is that it gives primacy to imagery, which means it's perfect for crafters, fashion enthusiasts, designers, photographers... and yes, dressmakers!


I use it all the time to make a note of sewing patterns I want to make, interesting garment detailsfabrics that catch my eye and general sewing inspiration for future projects. I also use boards to keep track of the gorgeous Miette Skirts and Mathilde Blouses that pop up across the interwebs. I also reeeeeally enjoy scrolling through my feed to see what other people are pinning. In fact, getting my Pinterest fix is one of my favourite things to do in the world. No, I don't get out much!

Oh and of course I have the obligatory kittens board. Yay, little fluffy kitties!


You can join Pinterest here.

Do you use Pinterest to keep track of your sewing inspiration? Or do you use more traditional scrapbooking methods or other tools?

44 comments:

  1. I love Pinterst too! http://pinterest.com/salkeela/ Of course the only big disadvantage now is that I always have WAY more ideas than time to take them to completion..... That's not so bad I guess!

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  2. Pinterest is a great visual search engine and I love that you can follow boards from kindred spirits around the world. If you haven't joined it yet, believe us when we say that you will LOVE IT!!

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  3. Definitely use it to save interesting posts, tutorials, free patterns, but also follow boards from bloggers I take inspiration from!
    www.craftseverywhere.blogspot.com

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  4. LOOOOVE Pinterest! I was reluctant to join first but now it's as exciting as reading my blogroll.
    I've also begun using it as a organiser for which patterns I have (and not only for the ones I want :)).

    http://pinterest.com/johannapbm/

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  5. I have just joined Pinterest and find it great for finding crafty inspiration for me and my two daughters.
    Nikki x

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  6. Hi, I have been reading your blog since looking at the 'Great British Sewing Bee'. The programme inspired me to get my machine out again. I am part way through a dress for one daughter and have ideas of what to make for the next.

    I can't join Pinterest as I spend way too much time on the Internet as it is. I need to cut down in order to practice my rekindled hobbies!!

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  7. I love Pinterest, and probably spend WAY too much time on there! I use it all the time to keep track of things I want to sew (I tend to use Ravelry for knitting) and also to pin gorgeous outfits that others have made/worn for inspiration.

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  8. I use it quite a bit generally in a specific way like for instance if I want to find a chiffon dress to inspire some sewing. I think it's a great concept especially for us non organised types

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  9. I agree pinterest can be good for storage of inspiration and ideas but some people I know are not happy about their copyright policy and respecting creators' work. It would do pinterest/you good to clarify that for followers, as people are understandably sensitive about how their original work is presented online.

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  10. I love pinterest. And I mean love!

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    1. I love it for sewing inspiration and love seeing colours that compliment each other that I wouldn't have even thought about. Ideal if you have made a top or bottom of one colour and don't want to pair with the obvious colour match. Pinterest is an education for me.

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  11. I swear I lose half my life to Pinterest! I use it like most sewists, for saving inspiration, turorials and links to suppliers etc. With my love for vintage I have boards by decade, as well as by season. I also use it for things like gift wish lists etc. Just so addictive! And yes, I'm in the UK.

    http://pinterest.com/laceduplady/

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  12. Oh no. You've suddenly awoken me to the miniature schnauzer potential pin board I could start up immediately!

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  13. Ah, all hail. Pinterest!

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  14. Ah, all hail. Pinterest!

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  15. Love Pinterest as well - was a bit reluctant at first, but this virtual pinboard is just the perfect way of collecting inspiration while browsing...! http://pinterest.com/regulascheifele/

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  16. Ah Pinterest is awesome, hoping the Pin It Forward campaign brings more Brits to the party
    http://Pinterest.com/beccaloucreates
    It's so simple it's pure genius

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  17. I have a Pinterest Group Board where members can pin and share their favorite free sewing patterns. Its got 791 as of today!
    Find out more at http://so-sew-easy.com/a-gazillion-free-sewing-patterns/

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  18. Sure do! I use it as a virtual recipe box so I can easily find those online recipes I use frequently, birthday wishlists, and sewing ideas. I also used it a lot when I was planning my wedding last year to find ideas, compare products and design, and keep track of items I would later purchase. Right now I'm pinning to my summer style board: http://pinterest.com/recnbm/summer-style-wishlist/

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  19. I've been on Pinterest for a while and mainly use it for crochet/yarn related pinning. I think it's a fabulous website and I am simply amazed when people haven't heard of it!

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  20. I have a sewing, crochet, children's craft boards and I love it for finding free tutorials and online patterns and inspiration. The bag tutorials alone could keep me going until retirement! I have been making little girls dresses this week with them (aged 3 and 5) - brave I know! See here:

    http://joeveryday19.blogspot.co.uk/

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  21. I'm addicted to it!! So much inspiration!

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  22. Thanks for participating in Pin It Forward, Tilly! What an amazing collection of inspiring sewing projects. I particularly like your coat selection! And I must say your kitten board is adorable :) Veronique, Community Coordinator

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  23. I actually found you through Pinterest. I have enjoyed your blog and several others through your work that others have pinned. I love that I can see your work through the eyes of other people, therefore sparking my creativity (or my ability to copy their color ideas)

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  24. I love it! Most people get up in the morning and put the kettle on. I get up and open Pinterest. I signed up in the early days when it was by invitation and haven't looked back. I used to bookmark sites and forget what I'd bookmarked them for. Pinterest is visual, so it's easy to navigate. It saves me hours through better organisation and triggers a multitude of ideas everyday

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  25. Tilly, I've been pinning for some time and really enjoy it. My daughter told me about it, or did I tell her. Can't remember. Anyway, we shared the bridal the bridal pinning board. Had a lot of fun with that. I'm still pinning to it well after the wedding that was this last January.

    Oh, P.S, there's a group of ladies in the UK that are sewers that you may want to connect to because they're all young and fascinating. A Stitching Odyssey http://asewingodyssey.blogspot.co.uk/search?updated-max=2013-04-21T13:39:00%2B01:00&max-results=7

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  26. Pinterest is the best thing that ever happened to Internet...

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  27. I'm an avid Pinner. I get so much inspiration from the P and I also try to share some great things I have come across. It's wonderful.

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  28. Just want to add that I have a board of sewing tutorials with over 500 tutes pinned. I don't pin everything, either, just quality tutorials. It has MANY followers. I hope you check it out, Tilly.

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  29. I absolutely love Pinterest (my boards are here http://pinterest.com/clairesews/boards/). I have 83 boards (currently!) - of which 29 are non-sewing - leaving 54 just for sewing, pattern-making, sewing rooms etc. etc. etc.

    I 'Pin' at the bus stop, on the bus, on the train to/from work... on my lunch-hour, and occasionally in the lifts too.

    It's become my new-best friend for bookmarking and saving all my favourite links, tutorials etc. about my favourite topic :) :) :)

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    1. Since my bf bought me a smart phone I PIN everywhere too!

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  30. I Love Pinterest. As a visual artist I collect images on themes that I'm working on, having them altogether and so easy to collect and share is fab. It's a great way of seeing and sharing what other artists are doing. I have found out about so many other glass artists and their work this way that I think it is a beneficial tool for artist exposure. i always try and credit the artist (use google image search if you are having problems sourcing!)
    Of course I also have lots of clothes, cooking and geeky pins :)
    http://pinterest.com/spikeabell/boards/

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  31. I have just joined pinterest and am busy working my way round, truly inspirational

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  32. I've been reluctant because, as somebody else has already said, I spend way too much time online as it is. However, now that I've started dressmaking again, I think it will be very useful and I might give it another go.

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  33. I can't believe that the UK has caught on yet! I looove Pinterest. For my ideas, inspirations etc and anything that takes my eye, but I also love it to look at other people's ideas etc as well and just to see beautiful things (as well as fluffy kittens - where would the interweb be without cats hey?).

    Go forth and pin UK..

    stephanie

    http://in-my-backyard.net

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  34. I agree with you Tilly. I have been using Pinterest for sewing since the beginning...then stopped when I read their T&C...then started again because having an image as a reminder is extremely useful. I also I started a new board to remind myself of the projects I'd like to make soon. And I have one on Sewing techniques too. You can find me at
    http://pinterest.com/sewingprincess/

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  35. I loooove pinterest! I can spend hours looking at photos! :)
    I also use it to collect inspiration and new ideas. And small crafty projects that could be fun to make some day.... I think I'd have to live waaay over a 100 years if I had to make everything I find on Pinterest. :P

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  36. UK loves Pinterest, I would like to confirm! I've been using Pinterest since it was still in Beta (I think about two years) and love love love it! Only thing is I wish their networking features were better (i.e. I always miss when someone's commented on a pin).

    Such a great organisation tool - I think my knitting board has something like 1.3k followers and I get so much inspiration from the boards I follow.

    http://www.bayswatergreen.com

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  37. I started using Pinterest last summer so that I could collect images of décor idea/paint themes to show my husband who sometimes struggles to "see" things. Since then it has been a brilliant tool for collecting ideas for me to sort out ideas, and to share images between my sister and I regarding her upcoming (diy!) wedding, given that I am in Bournemouth and she is in North London.

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  38. Lurve pinterest! Great way to organize and keep 'stuff' you'd struggle to find again. I'm pinning here :) http://pinterest.com/ZoSews/

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  39. I started quilting (and then other sewing) at the back end of last year and was saving links to ideas and tutorials in a text file, but then I found pinterest and was completely converted. http://pinterest.com/bikerunsew/

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  40. I use both. I have an artbook where I sketch or glue in pictures from catalogues and I Pin anything that inspires me online :)

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  41. I've been pinning for months, It's addictive. Can't believe how many people have never even heard of it.
    Been following you since the The Sewing Bee. Your blog and Pinterest. So inspiring.

    Carol x

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  42. I love pinterest! It can be a bit time consuming sometimes but have now learnt to control myself.... It's good to archive stuff without occupying space at home.... I follow you there too... Pati x

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