My new laboratory

Sewing-room-tour

Sewing-room-tour

Sewing-room-tourOh, you found me! Well come on in, welcome to my new laboratory. Actually not that new – Chris and I created our joint study/guest room at the end of last year – but I have more or less got my sewing space set up just perfect, with everything I need within easy reach. And come the weekend this little corner of colour is where I spend the vast majority of my time. Inventing, designing and playing. I’ve been sewing and knitting my entire life, but there is nothing like having a designated space for it to focus the mind and encourage me to hone my skills.

My fashion choices are very simple and minimalist these days, but somehow this taste memo didn’t get through to the interiors half of my brain. I love white walls, white furniture, bright chrome and plain wood that I can use as a background for colourful fabrics and bright patterns. The basic overview of my side of the room is a white desk from IKEA (the now defunct Expedit line) with attached shelves, with my dress form Gladys scaring passers by from the window bay. She does have to be moved when the room is used by guests! My sewing machine now lives on the desk under a quilted cover to keep the dust out.

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Sewing-room-tourThe top two shelves house the sewing library and my sketchbooks, and the bottom two all the tools. Like every self respecting sewist I have a growing collection of Kilner and preserving jars for keeping buttons and notions in. The shelves under the desk house a basket of yarn and all the documents you could need to steal my identity and set up an avocado farm in Guadalupe. If that’s your thing.

Sewing-room-tourA vase of knitting needles is far better than a vase of flowers right? I inherited most of these from my Grannies, hence a large number of seriously old Bakelite needles as well as wood, metal and plastic.

Sewing-room-tourI have to keep my pins in a little pot to try and get around my worst sewing habit – putting pins in my mouth. Does anyone else do this? Gut-puncturingly irresponsible and yet I always do it.

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Sewing-room-tourSo if I vanish of the radar for long periods in the future you know where to find me. Elbow deep in thread snippets, swearing at wonky seams, and creating garments out of scuba fabric. Oh I didn’t mention that part? Thanks to a moment of temporary insanity in a fabric shop a couple of weeks back I now have six metres of the stuff to play with… Watch this space.

Where do you feel your most zen?

What do you think?