I want to thank our winner of the fused fabric scraps for helping me clean up my sewing studio.
That’s a lie. I didn’t really clean up the studio.
Instead I’ve been dyeing all week so nothing is getting cleaned up. As you can see, the dye studio also has a bad case of piles and unfinished projects. Our winner of the scraps is Lucky Liz in KY. Bet her studio is spotless!
Looks very neat, doesn’t it? Don’t be deceived by this image of my studio. Sure, the thread bins are looking rather charming but pivot 15 degrees and this is what you see:
Yikes! Boxes to be unpacked, stacks of stuff in process, a quilt under the machine, more stacks of stuff. My studio is in quite a state of disarray! And this is the scary part:
The fusing table is piled high with more projects in process, notes to myself, and scads of fused fabric scraps. Want to help me get rid of some of these scraps? Please leave a comment on today’s blog and maybe you’ll win some!
My former pit of a studio.
Every year I like to celebrate the anniversary of my new studio. Six years ago my new sewing studio furniture and lighting were installed. Previous to that I had worked in this desolate pit above. Like a mine shaft filled with sewing debris, my old studio was one scary place!
After much sorting, tossing, cleaning, storing, and painting of the space all was remodeled. Here you see my design wall and 2 new sewing tables.
And I have a table just devoted just to fusing. (Note: don’t be deceived by this photo. I’m not that neat.) It’s so lovely to work in a bright, clean, welcoming studio perfect for making art. Let’s celebrate!
Remember Summer? Remember how the world was full of color and your toes were warm? As I sit here is my basement dye studio watching the frost form on my glasses, I long for those hot, humid days of summer.
Plum Basket #3 by Laura Wasilowski
Ah! Summer! When fruit was fresh and the only thing chilly was the ice cream served with it. Hope you’re keeping warm!
My fusing table was in dire need of a major clean up. That’s what happens when you make a lot of stuff then leave town hoping no one notices.
But someone did notice. My lovely assistant (also known as my daughter) is way organized and cleaned it up for me. Notice the “You Complete Me” sign with an image of Tom Cruise on the top shelf that she added. Not sure what that means but it makes me laugh!
She sorted the fused fabrics by colorway and even put little notes in the bins like “Already Fused for your fusing pleasure”. I am so lucky to have someone who looks out for me. A clean studio makes me want to dive in a make art….and, OK, make a mess again.
Thanks to the ideas and sympathy of my fellow artisans, I decided to clean up my fusing table, a large table covered with Teflon. True, it took several cups of tea and a lot of talking to myself. But the area is now free of clutter.
The first thing I did was to place all my tools in this tray from Ikea. As a result I found all my tweezers! I am so very happy!
Then I sorted the fabrics by size. The fused color chips or smallest pieces are sorted by color into cardboard bins that reside on the back of the fusing table. I know it looks messy but the open boxes allow me to grab color at will.
Larger fused pieces of fabric are stacked and placed on a shelf nearby. A few of the fabrics are folded so I may have to iron out creases at a later date. Anything really big is rolled back onto release paper from the fusible web and stacked on another shelf.
And finally I swept up the small fabric scraps and dust with a piece of batting. It’s the best way to gather tiny specks of fibers off of the Teflon sheet.
Thanks for your support! Now I’m free to mess it up again!