I have not been on the QB in nearly three months. I have been madly moving my sewing space from a rather dingy, damp room on the basement to an upstairs bedroom recently vacated by DD#1 who got married last summer. First I had to finish moving her stuff out and pack it up for storage so she can deal with it at a later date. Then I took the time to sort nearly everything in the existing sewing room and either toss, donate or re-organize it all. By far the most time-consuming part was re-folding every piece of fabric to fit my new shelving system, custom designed by yours truly. It was almost entirely built by me as well, had a little help from DH. I got to know my power tools very well.
I am really proud of my new space, the first in all my years of sewing that I believe is worthy of the name "studio." I took a lot of photos, but my daylight bulbs sort of interfered with the camera, so my apologies, some of them are not first rate. I hope you enjoy the tour.
First the BEFORE photos:
Shortly after DD "finished" moving out! Still very much a bedroom.
My monstrous pile of packaged batting (there are also 2 lg rolls of W&N not pictured!)
The bonus attic room that had become a catch-all space for miscellaneous unused furniture
Now for the new studio tour:
My piece de resistance, the Great Wall of Fabric. Yardage is neatly folded and stacked, fat quarters folded and placed in shoe-box size plastic bins that function as "drawers" on the upper shelves. You may not notice in the photo, but there are several empty bins on the fat quarter shelves, which means room for MORE fat quarters than ever before!
Followed by my sewing station with room for both sewing machine and serger to be set up and ready to go at all times. To the left of the sewing machine is almost 3 entire feet of empty table, a great quilting space. The wall pictured here is almost entirely covered in pegboard. I do love me some pegboard!
A cast-off chest-of-drawers makes a perfect embroidery station. All my thread is close at hand and stabilizers galore can fill the drawers below. (Why, yes, that is more pegboard you see behind that machine!)
My little "Big Board", made especially for this studio, sits atop a shelving unit I was no longer using. And still more pegboard!
My newly re-covered cutting/work table, which consists of two inexpensive microwave carts from K-mart, joined across the tops by 1 X 4 boards to make it the perfect working height for me. A 36X60" slab of particle board covered with upholstery vinyl makes the top.
Remember all that batting? It is now neatly labeled and stacked on shelves in the closet. The two big rolls of W&N stand on the floor.
One of my favorite things about this space is that I actually have room to display some cherished items.
Atop the cabinet, itself a treasure, are some antique tins, a "Tailor Bird" sewing machine my mom brought me from the UK, a favorite quilt... The cabinet was purchased for $12 at a thrift store years ago to go in the master bathroom. It was too large and DH hated it, so I get to enjoy it in MY room.
to be continued in next post, I am out of image space