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!
This is a mess. It is what greeted me upon my return to the studio after a week of teaching in OH and MI. (Put them together and they spell Ohmi!) Which is what I said when I saw this mess.