I first saw a mood board at Veronica's site and had visions of organizing myself in this way. It still hasn't happened. I have the tendancy to tear out pages from magazines of images that grab my attention and inspire me. They end up in a huge binder and every once in a while I get the urge to browse through them. Many of them come from House and Garden magazine. I love this publication for the beautiful photographs, cheap subscription price and the wonderful monthly letter from the editor, Dominique Browning. There used to be a regular section called Fabric Obsession, which featured a wide variety of gorgeous textiles every month. It seems to have disappeared from the publication which I'm really bummed about. Anyway, I selected a few of these pages from my binder that were inspiring me at the moment.
The colors of these textiles were the first thing to catch my eye. Using felt and embroidery floss, I made these ATCs.
This one I made for Raya for Vallen's ATC swap she hosted last month. I got a little carried away with chain stitch filling in all the space to make this flower. There must be a name for this type of stitching, but I have no idea what it is. I stretched the felt out quite a bit so stuffed the petals of the flowers a little and was really happy with the result.
Maybe one day I'll get the hang of a mood board, but for now I'll just have to sort through the piles of pages looking for inspiration.