Thursday, December 31, 2015

Sew Prompted 2016 - A Weekly Instagram Prompt

2015 is coming to a close and the New Year is just hours away. Want join me and have a little fun on Instagram? You never know what you'll be "sew prompted" to make/do/share/say!

Where did this idea come from? A few months ago I was debating hosting a swap and wanted to make it really different. I didn't want it to be a 'standard' mini quilt swap as there were already so many going on at the time. The swap ended up being a quilted banner that was a particular size and we challenged participants to incorporate at least one really different item: driftwood, feather, leather, yarn, etc. You can see many of the "out of the box" banners that were made for the swap on IG with hashtag #banneradventureswap. It was so fun to see swappers getting really creative and the feedback was often the same - they loved how unique it was and how it allowed them to get crazy.

That got me thinking about other ways to really stretch my sewing and think more outside of the box and act on that prompting more often. I thought about doing a photo prompt - you know those ones you've seen on IG over the past few years. I've seen tons and have tried to keep up with a few of them - but I find it's too hard to do daily when I'm really busy with deadlines and such. Some participants are able to keep up the daily prompts and stay consistent, and some if not many, fall off midway - like me. Well, instead of a daily prompt, I decided to make it a weekly prompt. By doing it weekly, it gives anyone that wants to participate time throughout the week to post something.

The best part?...(I think) is I have asked various friends/designers to play along and be the ones selecting the word each week to keep us on our toes. I asked them to pick a word...a color, tool, method, pattern, goal, challenge, or anything they wanted as the prompt. Once you know the word, you can post a photo inspired by that prompt if you want. It might be something you sew, make, do, a collection, stash, space, etc. What ever the word of the week inspires - capture it in a photo and share it on IG.  

We'll be using the hashtag #sewprompted2016 and each Monday is when the new word is released. I will tag the designer on my IG feed for the week and they will post their word. 

It will be sewing themed for the most part (hence the hashtag "sew prompted") but can also be any type of crafty, creative medium in general - stretching ourselves in different ways. The first word starts next week...If you'd like to participate - please introduce yourself and use the tag #sewprompted2016 so we can all say hello. 

Thanks so much for joining in - I'm so excited to see how this unfolds throughout the year! If you want to sign up for my emails - you can do so by clicking the link below.


faith said... [Reply]

Wow this sounds like a lot of fun! Great idea!

CapitolaQuilter said... [Reply]

Sounds fun. Makes Monday more interesting

Louise@ElsieMayandBertha said... [Reply]

Like you, I couldn't keep up with daily prompts. Once a week is more doable. It gives you a bit of time to think about it too. I'm going to enjoy taking part.

kathy slaughter cummings said... [Reply]

Your creations are precious !
Thank you.

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