Mad In Pursuit Notebook


A Day In The Life... Studio Tour

7.25.2014. My dedication to needle and thread is new since last fall. Most of the winter-hermitage quilting took place in the kitchen -- the hearth -- with our table extended to block the back door. But summer demands a change of pace -- farm markets, roadtrips, and activities on the back deck. So the elves had to move the workshop upstairs. My second-floor studio has always been oriented to serious work, but was focused on the computer. Trying to add in the fabric, tool and supply hoarding that goes along with stitching -- and still feel efficient... well, that was this week's challenge. I am not one of those people whose creativity thrives on chaos.

Photo above, looking into studio, window to the north. The sewing machine chair contains 2 clothing upcycle projects. Some scrap piecing experiments on table. That "wastebasket" is full of small fabric scraps. Patchwork scarf-in-progress is on big work table.

Below, west wall. A closet door stretches across an old TV stand and Jim's cabinet of 19th c. stereo views. I took down the jewelry shadow boxes and added the thrift store CD rack for fabric display. We picked up a small shelving unit (center) from the neighbor's trash. Foreground, right: fabric storage (home dec, laces, nettings, velvets). Background, left: two shelves freed up for neatly arranged cotton fabric, plus a shelf below for my accumulation of interfacings and fusing stuff. Still in process of thinking through this space.

Facing south. Doors off the closet -- my very useful storage area, as long as I keep rearranging it to my current obsessions. Freed up a bit of space for a "design wall" made from cotton batting.

That's all for now. Still working on this. My goal is "everything in it's place" but visible/labeled.