I would like to introduce you today to a lovely little spot called Little Pincushion Studio, run by Annabel Wrigley. Annabel is Australian, but currently lives in rural Virginia with her family, where she teaches creative sewing and craft classes to kids. Her studio/classroom and home are both overflowing with color and creative inspiration, which in itself is worth sharing — but I also think you will be inspired by Annabel’s story, because so many of us aspire to make a creative career for ourselves, and this lovely lady has done it! Let’s have a peek inside, shall we?
The shots above are of the Little Pincushion Studio, where Annabel and her wee students make magic happen. It looks like magic happens there, don’t you agree? I think one couldn’t help but be inspired to craft and create in such a bright, cheerful space! The base of the room is setup quite simply — all of the color and personality comes from handmade projects by the girls, stacks of colorful materials, plus artwork and vintage textiles used for inspiration.
When Annabel was just starting out, she updated and converted a small storage shed on her property into a sewing workshop, where she could teach small groups of girls how to sew. It was an investment, but not as major as going out and renting a large space and furnishing it. This is a smart way to “test the waters” of a new idea without sinking major funds into your project, only to learn it won’t work out. Fortunately for Annabel, it did work out — and in fact, her workshops became so popular, she was able to move the classes out of her home and into their own dedicated studio space, seen in the first photos above. Below, you can see the small shed that served as her first workshop space:
Of course, Annabel’s success was not simply luck. Annabel had a great, clear, vibrant vision of what her sewing classes could be, and she worked really hard to make them a reality. It’s one thing to say you’d love to have a creative career — no one is stopping you from going for it if that’s what you really want — but you have to have what it takes to follow through! If you have a BIG dream, say, renting a massive studio with light streaming in, where you can teach your classes/setup your retail shop/make your art/etc., and that simply is not feasible right now, don’t give up! Reassess, regroup, and scale down your dream. Perhaps you could hold a workshop in your home, host a pop-up shop, or setup a home-based studio where you can work in your off time. Challenge yourself to think creatively.
I don’t know about you, but I just love hearing stories like Annabel’s. It is such a great reminder that there is always more than one way to solve a problem…and that creative people have more fun! I mean really, just look at the spaces here — every single one, from Annabel’s home (that is her daughter’s room above), to her tiny shed workshop, to the new creative classroom space, looks like a joy to be in.
Are you feeling inspired? Go grab your journal and a pen and write out some of your dreams, sketch in your sketchbook, write a blog post, or grab your camera and go outside for an inspiration walk. Push yourself to think outside the box and brainstorm new solutions to a problem that has been bugging you. Why not? xo Laura
(Photography of Little Pincushion Studio by CM Glover, via Houzz)