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.
Can you believe this mess? Part of my clean-up-the-studio duties is to sort through my fused fabric scraps and place them into colorways. This mindless activity is perfect for the mindless. Maybe that’s why I enjoy it so much!
I need these precious fabric scraps. They are the source of many a quilt design like this one above, My House #20. In fact, most of my small art work begins by picking out an odd fabric shape that triggers a design idea. Without my scraps, I can’t make art.
Turns out, it truly is the little things that are important.