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Saturday, 3 October 2009

Studio Tour

It's saturday and Studio Tour time!! Since I ran upstairs to take photos and participate immediately (see three posts back) I have been run of my feet and so did not get a chance to clear up and retake photos which are carefully thought out and modelled (as was my idea... be honest... who wouldn't want to clear up etc if the world is coming to visit?).....

However, since I did not get the time and am still keen to participate, you will have to take me and my sewing corner as they come and like I first photographed it... real life as it was happening!
Firstly I want to say that even though it's messy, this is very cleared up for me... I like to have all the fabrics spread out around me for inspiration and so have so many piles that there is no space to cut and sew... Even now the cutting table (in the foreground, it is the cutting mat on top of a set of drawers) is allready full of stuff and I have only a tiny space to cut in!

The noticeboard standing on the radiator is to stick on samples, printouts, sketches and photos, in short my design inspiration. at the moment my first sample of machine quilting is up there, to remind me what worked and what didn't. It is due to be hung up properly soon.

The desk used to face the wall, but in my reorganisation I put it across the room with two sets of drawers backing the table. This works well as I have now some more drawers to put bits and bobs in like notions, embroidery things etc (as well as some UFO's... or WIP's whatever you liked to call them :-)

The ironingboard is close at hand to either iron as I sew, or act as a little table, my latest project (my mum's quilt) is on there at the moment, just having finished the piecing and ironed it all ready for applique to go on.

In the background my easy chair for handsewing (ah.. do not look at the rice cake packaging at the foot... I think I have been rumbled... that is what you get if you do not clear up first!!), looking out during the day down the street over the sea.

Last shot of the working corner. Machine at the ready, baskets with necessities on the shelf nearby as well as books and magazines. Higher shelves are organised with fabrics and boxes with projects I sorted together.. sometimes you cannot leave everything lying around or you cannot get in!

This space is a corner of our bedroom. When I started sewing I just put the machine on the table facing the wall. Then I slowly expanded taking over more and more space. Now this includes drawers and shelves and is organised (Yay!) (well, up to a point... do not open those drawers:-) and comprises most of the bedroom, it has become my little studio.

I am very happy and proud that I have a space of my own to sew where I can leave things when I get interrupted and get back to them as they were. I know that many of my friends in blogland have small children and sew from the kitchen table, having to clear away every time, time and time again.. I would never get anything done! I am very fortunate to have my little corner and now proudly presenting to you .... MY STUDIO !!

Update; find the other participants HERE !


Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

I loved the creative things all about! I have to admit I shoved my piles of things needing attention out of the way when I shot pics, but I much prefer seeing a real studio in the throes of creativity!
thanks for posting just as you are! Nice space!


Judi B said...

Thank you for sharing your studio. It looks very cozy and user-friendly. I can picture you there -- so, not to worry you didn't put it to rights. I love the authenticity! I am thoroughly enjoying the tour of others' creative spaces as a participant of the Open Studio Tour. Come visit me and get acquainted!

beadbabe49 said...

There is something very compelling about your studio space...seems like it's inviting us in to start creating something...and the quilt is looking quite beautiful!

Rebecca E. Parsons/Cre8Tiva said...

i so loved the tour of your creative looks like such a warm, inviting place to create..please come see mine when you have a chance...i am having a giveaway...hugs, rebecca

virtuallori said...

I'm with you -- I need to see my stuff around me to get inspiration. It might live in drawers some of the time, but I have to pull out all the stuff I'm considering so I can pick and choose. Thanks for sharing your space.

Unknown said...

My studio was in pretty much the same state last weekend, except that it extended to every horizontal surface including the floor. I had four dolls to finish and get in the mail for Houston and stuff just went flying and landed where it would. I spent this week cleaning up and now I can see where everything is again!

Wendy said...

I like your space! I like to see photos of a space in use :)

Barbara Hagerty said...

I think you have found the perfect balance of comfort and functionality! Thanks for sharing pics of your extraordinary space!

Magpie's Mumblings said...

I like the pretty magazine holders you have! Thanks so much for allowing us to see your space.
Mary Anne

Unknown said...

So nice to see a real working space, mess and all. What a luxury to have a comfy chair to sit in and look out of the window. I too like having all my stuff around me. Thanks for sharing it with us.

Anke Martin said...

What a cozy comfi space! I really like the light in there! Enjoy creating!!!!! Smiles, Anke ;)

Sarah - Red Gingham said...

Oh wonderful to have the space to make a sewing corner. I have to pack everything up except the actual machine each time. What a time waster! But the upside is that I have to keep it tidy as I am usually a slob. I think you space look great and obviously works very well for you. Glad you didn't tidy it up, you wouldn't have been able to continue your thoughts with that lovely new quilt.

Magpie Sue said...

I'm so glad you didn't clean up! Feels much more homey this way ;- )
I have to share that I began with a corner of our bedroom... then a whole wall... and now I have a whole bedroom to use as my studio(although not the one I began with). Great oaks from little acorns grow!

Lauranie said...

So this is where the beautiful comes from?? It is cozy-looking, and I don't see a mess...and YOU know that I know MESS!! :) It was nice to peek into your creative world...thanks for sharing!

Thistle Cove Farm said...

Loved seeing your Working Studio and how you use it so well. It may be messy but it's not a mess...right?
-smile- Clean, spartan studios are beautiful but the studios showing works in progress are more beautiful to me.

dutchcomfort said...

Such a cozy and lovely studio!

Thanks for your visit to my blog and entering the give-away!

Flor Larios Art said...

Great studio and quilts!
Looks so cozy...

HeartSong Studio said...

What a warm and comfortable place to be creative! Thank you so much for sharing your space with everyone. Blessings,

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