January 27, 2012

My Sewing Room, let me show you it!

Well, good morning everyone - and welcome to my sewing room!  I'm so glad you decided to come for the tour! :)

As you walk in to my room you'll see the predominant feature is the thread wall - hanging on the back on a pegboard. On the same pegboard, you'll find my rulers, some templates and a little bag I hang around my neck when I'm working that has scissors, tweezers, etc. in it.


Behind my chair, you'll also see that Charlie's aquarium got upgraded - in fact, Charlie's not even in there anymore - I got him some friends, he didn't like them, so Charlie got moved upstairs and the friends (plus more of their friends) now live with me.

As you turn to the left, you'll see:



Some of my fabric stash - yardage of 3 or more yards folded 12 inches across in the white boxes, and yardage of 1-3 yards folded in small lengths in the boxes.  You can also see my drafting table, and under it a basket containing some WIPs and batting.  (The cushion in the window is for the day supervisor.)


Inside my drafting table are my acrylic paints, watercolour paints in tubes, watercolour crayons, coloured and black charcoals, fabric dye crayons, pastels, micron pens and "gilt" pens in gold and silver.


 

If you look along that same wall you'll see my stretcher frames in various sizes which I use when I'm painting on fabric as well as a little bookshelf , which is just inside the door.


 

All of those shelves contain baskets with craft paints, the rest of my thread, and assorted bits and bobs (buttons in containers, beads, all kinds of things). On the top shelf is a portable container that has all of my various rotary cutters, scissors, marking pencils, regular pencils and pens, measuring tapes and small rulers that can't hang on my peg board (without making it look insane, that is.) The smaller containers to the right have in them a small colour wheel, and saftey pins, and the round black container with the white bow on top has my pins in it.


If you swing around you'll see almost all my dressers from Ikea.  (Wait to see why narrow profile dressers are great idea in a sewing room!)There are 8 of them in total - four are stacked two by two on either side of the bookcase. In the bookcase are all books related to quilting, surface design and sewing, along with magazines of the same theme. There is drawer in the bottom of the bookcase which has another one of those black baskets with ribbons in it, and the rest of the drawer is packed with patterns.

On top of the dressers to the left are three of my seven (!) sewing machines and the aquarium, and on top of the others are more quilt magazines, a plastic container with all of my various kinds of brushes/ tools for using soy wax, a clock, a plant and of course, my selection of Barbie-dolls. ('Cuz every once in a while, to entertain myself, I make Barbie clothes - which eventually get given to my great-niece.)


And what's in my drawers you ask? The rest of my stash of course! Every drawer contains its own colour:


Or kind of fabric (in this case, tulle and mesh); and in one drawer I have oddments like blocks that never got incorporated into anything, or sketch quilts that haven't actually been quilted yet.


                                  

Under the table is this little basketry/shelving contraption which contains all of my dyeing things:




Like the above - each shelf has it's own thing.





And from this angle, you can see my design wall and my Judy. If you look to the left of the photo, you can also see peeking out where my rolls of steam-a-seam, stitch witchery, stabilizer, pellon and fusible interfacing live, and my iron is tucked in there too.



and that's my perfect-for-me sewing room!  It's not quite finished yet - I need to add some more lighting above the thread wall, the drafting table and the design wall - it's purchased but not yet installed; and I need to make a new ironing pad as I killed my last one when I was doing all of that transfer paint/disperse dye work in November. (I also killed my tables - the heat actually cracked and split the melanmine surface, so I had to buy new ones!)

But I figured it was close enough to bright to show it to you. Maybe it'll give you some ideas for your sewing room too!

Hope you'll come by and visit some time! Maybe this weekend. :)

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50 comments:

  1. Wow! the only resemble your great and spacious room has to mine is the Juki on the sewing table. what a great space to play in.

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  2. I love that you have everything tucked away so well organized. It looks like the perfect space!

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  3. WOW!!! I don't think I'd ever want to leave that room!! Amazing! Forget "man-caves". That is a real quilter's haven!

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  4. I'm blown away!! Totally awesome sewing/creative adventure room!
    Enjoy!!
    Have a great day.
    Always, Queenie

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  5. SWEET!!! It's so important to have that extra table. ; )

    lovely!!
    ~Monika

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  6. What fun is that! I love how organized you are and how everything has a place. 7 machines-that's a lot. Where did your nifty keen drafting table come from?

    Enjoy your new space. It will be hard to leave.

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  7. It's looking wonderful.

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  8. I LOVE your studio! I'm so happy it's (nearly) finished and you can start sewing again.

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  9. That is one sweet space!

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  10. You are one organised lady!

    I would be ashamed to show you my sewing room!

    Hilary

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  11. You're gonna have such fun in there!

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  12. It's looking great. You have done really well getting all of this done. Can I come and play?

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  13. I will have to do a trans-Canada tour and visit all the wonderful quilters along he way. What a great room. NOW you can enjoy it.

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  14. Congratulations Kit. It looks fantastic!

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  15. Hello dear,
    I took a side road & found you. LOL
    I had to take time to tell you that is one of the most beautiful creative spaces I have ever seen.

    I too, have my threads upon the pegboard. But I have so much trouble with dust , after even two weeks they are all Layered with dust . Do, you have this problem - or is there a secret that I do not know?
    Thank you,
    Linda

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  16. renzo pella29.1.12

    what a great room kit. alla martha stewart. go girl!

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  17. o.m.g. what a great space !!!!!!!!!

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  18. That's a great looking space Kit! I hope your day supervisor is well paid.

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  19. Awesome!!
    Love that thread wall, so pretty! And your sewing machine covers are silly fun :)
    Love seeing artists' studios. Thanks!

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  20. WOAH!!!!!!! I'm in lurve:)) The wall of threads, colour co-ordinated drawers, everything in it's own little place, a tv:), seven sewing machines! Heaven!!! And all that table and wall space to work with. Oh, I'm having a giddy moment:))This is just perfect! If I just had the space....

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  21. I love your sewing room tour and indeed you are lucky to have such a room!

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  22. This is amazing Kit! You are a super organizer.

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  23. Thanks for the tour! Awesome. And you're so organised. I could take a leaf out of your book!

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  24. your space is amazing! would never want to leave :) very inspiring and now I cant wait to check out your work!

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  25. What a great space and so tidy! Thanks for sharing your creative space.

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  26. Thanks KP and Tea! Hope you enjoyed your visit! :)

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  27. Anonymous11.2.12

    What a beautiful sewing and craft room. Its amazing how well you are organized, everything in its place. One would never want to leave there, you have a tv too. Happy for you.

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  28. The organization and layout of your room is truly an inspiration to all of us who look for tips! Thanks for posting to share your space!

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  29. Thanks Pam and my SSRA (Secret Sewing Room Admimerer)! Although it took two years to come to fruition, I really do feel quite lucky. :)

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  30. thank you! That was fun. I'm gathering up ideas to do one for me & I so appreciate looking at yours - it's almost like having a friend with the same interests (which I don't)
    Cheers!

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  31. thanks Kathleen - I'm glad you enjoyed it - and glad you got some ideas. Don't be a stranger! :)

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  32. Wow - I've never seen such organization!!!

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  33. What a wonderful place to work/play!

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  34. Wonderfully done, so neat and tidy. Thank you for sharing with us.

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  35. Love your room and organization! I too have white furniture in my room. I am in the basement with only a small room for natural light.
    Mine too is from Ikea...

    Ikea should have a room set up as a sewing room as so many people I know or see have Ikea furniture.

    I do love your drafting table.

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  36. Anonymous4.3.12

    Found your blog because of your sewing room. I was looking for ideas reorganizing mine. Well mine is sorta done enough . lol I have been following you blog ever since. I have it emailed since I would Never remember to come see every day. I am loving what you are doing. I don't quite understand how the whole the profile thing works so I am going with Anonymous.
    Sheila

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  37. thanks Shelia - I'm glad yo like my blog - and am glad you continue to come by!

    Cheers,

    Kit

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  38. i want to come and play! it looks fabulous - i especially covet your drafting table... unfortunately while i found it online for $150 it costs nearly $700 to ship it to australia!!

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  39. What a fantastic sewing + art room! You must just love to create in your beautiful, organized haven!

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  40. Beautiful! Great to see where you work. For a while I had my bird in my studio but Mr. Pettyjohn was just too messy so he had to move;-)

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  41. Saw the link to your room on the quilting board website. You have a great room! I have been on a quest to find some inspiring ways to organize and put everything away so that it's not so cluttered and overwhelming to walk in. Your space has some great ideas for me.

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  42. Such a great room! I love how well it is organized!

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  47. ohhhh this is a nice space - our closest Ikea is 2 hr away - I lovvvvveeee the yellow with the white cabinets - love love that!

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  48. Your space is so nice and organized compared to mine! You've given me a few ideas, now I just have to incorporate them - after I clean out all the junk!!

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