Wednesday, March 15, 2017

My Creative Space

If you are like me you are curious where others do their creative sewing.  I would like to share with you my sewing/knitting studio.  When we built our house 23 years ago, I really wanted a studio on the main floor.  Therefore, I could sew in between cooking, laundry etc.  Since we don't do a lot of entertaining we didn't need a formal dining room, so we turned it into my studio. It is only 13' x 13' but I have packed everything in(well not all of it-ahem, might be some stored elsewhere in the house!)   We installed a U shaped counter top on 3 sides of the room, that is where my sewing machines and 2 of my knitting machines reside.  After all these years and collecting more stuff I do wish it was twice this size, but I still really love it.

I am standing in my kitchen doorway looking into the room. To the immediate left is a closet, then my Brother knitting machine with it's motor attachment, another closet(no you are not getting to see in them, LOL-can't let all the secrets out now can I, hehe).  Next is my portable design wall(love that it's portable). And you are probably wondering what is all that in between the design wall and window. Well that is cone yarn that is used on the knitting machines. They come in one pound cones. Then starts the U shape counter top where you see one sewing machine, that is the one I take to class, retreat, or let a friend use when they come to sew.
Also when you come into the room on the right is my new cutting counter-boy am I ever loving that!


Here is another view from inside the room. See the 2 closets(with their doors shut, hehe). Here you get another glimpse of the cutting table from the other side.  The two french doors lead into the formal living room. 


Ok, back to the counter top with the class sewing machine, and 2 storage units that house some precuts and some yardage, knitting patterns and supplies for the knitting machines.  I keep saying 'machines', yes indeed I have multiple(maybe like 5).  Two of which are spares for parts should I ever need them since Brother no longer produces knitting machines.  You also are getting a glimpse of my big board ironing board-couldn't live without that!

If you look closely on top of the first storage unit is a picture of my mom watching over me. She's been gone for several years, but, she was my first teacher of all things crafty so she deserves a place of honor in my room. I miss her dearly.


And you might be asking just what is a knitting machine-am I right???  Well here is a picture of another, this one has no motor, meaning I sit there and push the carriage back and forth to make it knit (I see the carriage sitting upside down on the counter top behind and to the left of the machine). This machine is used with sport weight yarn to make sweaters, hats and mittens.

Here is the third knitting machine, with it's carriage in place and ready to knit. This machine uses bulky yarn, like Red Heart 4 ply that I make hats with. This is where I keep my boom box too.  You might notice a green skirt all around the countertop-more hiding places, hehe.


And now to the main sewing area. The white cupboards above hold my thread, buttons, felt, and a few other crafting supplies. The pegboard holds all sorts of sewing supplies, scissors, rotary cutters, needles, elastic, bias tape makers (you get the idea!)  On the counter to the left is my Janome 5000 embroidery machine.  My main sewing machine the Janome 7700, along with my Koala chair sits right next to the cutting counter.  On the wall is my handy dandy ruler holder my sweet hubby made me a few years ago. I thought 30 slots would be plenty-NOT, there are more rulers hiding!  On the cutting counter, if you look closely, you will see a white goose neck light. Got it from Ikea for $10-it's wonderful!!  I don't usually have to use it since I have a south facing double window along with an east one, however, you still get cloudy days where more light is needed, or if I sew at night.  And there on the right is the doorway into the kitchen so we have come full circle.


And a view of the whole cutting counter:) Three cubes from the local home improvement store screwed together with a laminate 2' x 4' shelf on top.  Storage galore all the way around.  See there are more rulers hiding beside it-they are too big to fit in the holder.


 Hope you enjoyed the tour of my room and didn't fall asleep!!!  My longarm resides in another room, my son's old bedroom, along with my stamping supplies.
I would like to encourage all of you to post pic's of your creative space.

I'll be linking with a few of the inspirational linky parties on my left side bar.

21 comments:

  1. wow, wow, wow!!

    what a great space!

    thanks for linking up!

    brooke@sillymamaquilts.com

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  2. great space and I used to have a knitting machine too! hmm might have it somewhere still, not fancy like yours but it DID work and HEY we have the same sewing machine! Janome Horizon Memory craft 7700 qcp?!

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  3. If I posted my sewing room, it might scare you. I have a cute quilting t-shirt, with a quilter covered with fabrics, and it says 'Avalanche of Fabrics' on it. That pretty much sums up my sewing room. Fabrics and project boxes EVERYWHERE! Not much room left to maneuver.

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  4. You should show us some of your knitting projects too!

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    1. I agree with Connie! Show us some knitting!

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  5. You have a wonderful creative space. Everything is so well organized and it just screams inspiration. Thanks for sharing!

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  6. Thank you Vicki for the tour! Your sewing and knitting room is wonderful! Looks very practical, organized and I'm sure you feel creative there! x Teje

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  7. Well, if I'm going to show my creative space, I'd better get busy doing some clean up! Thanks for the tour of your space -- I enjoy seeing where fellow quilters create! You have a nice space; I like the cutting table idea.

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  8. Drool, drool...

    My studio wants to be your studio when it grows up! :) Thanks for the tour, I loved it!

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  9. Love your room! You have made great use of all your space. I love the beautifully folded fabric in your cutting table! What kind of stamping do you do and when do you find the time with all the quilting that you do?

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  10. You have made your sewing room in to the perfect place for you! It can be a challenge making a room work for our use, but once you have it dialed in...you never want to leave! You have me really curious as to those two closed doors! Thanks for sharing!

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  11. I would love a sewing room, but I do have a sewing space that I don't to put everything away when I done. I aspire to have a room like yours some day, so in the meantime I'm a teeny bit envious. Then the more I think about it, I would be tempted to just close the door and leave a mess, thinking I would clean it up the next day but would that day ever come. Hmmmm.... maybe I'm not envious after all. Great sewing room, you go girl.

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  12. Great plan for use of the room. You need pegboard on the side of your cutting table, though, so you can hang the larger rulers on the side. Let me know when I can come play with you! lol

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  13. ooooo!! That cutting counter/storage!

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  14. Amazing what we can fit in a room. Lol. Love the peg board and ruler holder!

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  15. wow great space and I love how you creative you are on hiding the clutter. I wish I were better at that

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  16. What a lovely tour of your creative space - well organized, and great functionality. Drooling over the new cutting/storage table - I'm still trying to figure out how to make it work for me. I do have a suggestion (which may make my buy these units!) - how about mounting peg board on the side of that new table for those rulers? Or at least tack some small nails into the sides? The rulers are just begging to be hung there!

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  17. Thanks for the peek into your wonderful creative space. It looks, bright, beautiful, and fun. I would never want to leave. How convenient to have it so close to the kitchen. Your knitting machines look really neat, and I loved seeing your cutting table cubbies all filled up. 😀

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  18. Beautiful room Vicki and I agree with others.....show us your knitting!!

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  19. Love your space - you certainly have made use of every nook and cranny! It's so interesting to see everyone's creative spaces!

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