Description of work space.
My workspace consists of four areas: sewing table, ironing table, craft table, and “storage” (used very, very loosely). My favorite feature is the ironing table, since I can spread out and iron big or weirdly shaped objects without trying to fit it onto a narrow board. Close second would be the checkered linoleum I used to cover the craft table!
I wouldn’t be able to work without my machines and my iron. I don’t use my serger nearly enough, but when I do, I remember how it’s just about the most awesome thing ever invented. I have a fancy pants iron (Black and Decker Digital Advantage) which I find pretty indispensable. I never iron my clothes, but I iron every project at least once.
If you could change one thing in your creative space, besides the size, what would it be?
I need light, color, and storage. I work partially in a weird alcove that doesn’t get much natural light, and gets even less of the overhead light. I have a great “daylight” lamp that shifts between my ironing table and craft table, but it’s just not the same. I recently added the curtains around my workspace to give a little more color, but it’s still a very white workspace.
If someone could just come in, reorganize, and tell me exactly where to put everything, I would be in heaven. I lack the organizing gene, and pretty much just throw things in boxes, on tabletops, or on the floor.
Please describe your dream creative space.
I lack the ability to dream up a creative space. I could look in a magazine and say, “That would be nice to have,” but really nothing specific comes to mind. I think my brain lives too much in the present and what is directly in front of me, so I have never bothered to come up with something. In this way, I have also never come up with a dream job, a dream home, or a dream wedding. Que será!
Describe any tips you are dying to share:
I really think I’m in more of a position to be asking for tips than doling them out, but I’ll give it a shot:
~Rethink the ordinary: With one piece of particle board, I was able to make two workspaces. I created a table top for an old desk and came up with a craft table (it’s about two feet wider than the desk). With the extra, I solved my problem of an ironing board just not being big enough by covering it with prequilted ironing board fabric from Jo-Ann and adding some legs from Menards.~Reupholster at least once: Seriously, it’s easier than it looks, and the results make a huge difference. Even a cheap office chair from Target can become something funky and special with a little prying and some staples.
Describe what inspirational items you keep in your creative space:
At the moment I don’t really have the wallspace for inspiration. I have a couple bottles from Karen of Unblinking Eye, but that’s about all the decoration I have room for. I have a good number of books, though, that I like to use for reference. My favorites are Debbie Mumm’s New Expressions and Better Homes and Gardens’ Sewing Book from 1970.
Describe your creative process in your creative space:
It usually goes a little something like this: Cut out fabric, get distracted, iron fabric, get distracted, sew, get distracted, iron again… repeating until the object is finished. I usually work in batches, though, so I cut out pieces for many projects all at once, sew everything that needs the same color thread, etc.
I usually try to have a kitchen timer going to minimize distraction. I make myself do as much work as possible in an hour before I get a break. This also helps me gauge how long it takes to make my items, and helps me price.
Is there anything else you would like to share?
Maybe someday I will pare down my crafts to limit the amount of stuff I have. Maybe. Really, though, what fun would life be if I couldn’t work on knitting, sewing, needlepoint, soap and candle making, soldering, and papercrafting at a moment’s notice?