Monday, November 26, 2012

Sweatshop tour, part 1

I spent part of the long weekend doing some long-awaited cleaning/sorting/organizing in my sweatshop. No, no "before" pictures! I do admire the gorgeous "done" studios I have seen, but I have opted for practical and thrifty for the time being.

Here is the view from the door:
 My sweatshop/studio is the "bonus" room over our garage. Great square footage, and while I love the roof-line ceiling, it makes arranging a bit of a challenge. Cheap #1: My Dad took our old kitchen table and added longer legs (and a shelf) to make my cutting table. Amazing how the extra height really makes a difference to my back.

On the right side of the door, is my design wall. Cheap #2: It is made of white flannel, which I pieced and tacked to the wall.
 The left side of the door: this corner features some neat artwork, a Scherenschnitte (cut paper) of a quilter, which was a gift from a friend; a cross stitch piece of a quilt that I purchased at a charity auction; and my autographed Heather Ross print.

Close up of the cute print:

Under the artwork is a short shelf: I keep my templates in a file holder on the top. I have my fat-quarters on this shelf, solids together, prints & batiks together, all arranged in ROY G. BIV color order. Besides being a very fun and therapeutic activity, this also shows me that I am drawn to the red and orange color families, with very few greens.
 Around the corner on a taller shelf are my yardage cuts on the second shelf, with projects bundled together on the top shelf.
This is it for my stash. I have seen much larger stashes (hoards!) but I have really tried to keep the buying to a minimum. I like having projects sorted and bundled together, makes it easy to move to the next one and gives me a new project to look forward to. Stay tuned for the next part (if you dare...)


Colleen said...

Jealous for the space and the Heather Ross drawing!

Tammy said...

I love seeing other people's sewing rooms. Yours is so tidy and well organized. I wanted to see your sewing machines and threads. Bravo to you for the practical design board and functional cutting table. Now I want my hubby to raise the height of my cutting table. Thanks so much for sharing your lovely space with us.

Ania said...

Very nice. Love it. I see your organized personality. Can't wait for part 2.

Anonymous said...

Pretty and clever! Love your title-sweatshop! Thank you for sharing your space-I see some great ideas for storage.