Here I am, airing my dirty laundry for all to see giving you a tour of my creative space. Since I live in a small NYC 1-bedroom apt, I ask that you stand in one spot and only turn to see the different parts of my creative space. Be careful not to bump into any of the furniture or step on any of Jack’s toys please. Ok, you ready? Wait, I’m not sure you are; maybe I should prepare you for my disorganized chaos. I wish my mom saw fit to pass on even a little of her organizational skills to me, but alas, none were. Let’s just say that I could use a little help when it comes to getting organized and staying that way. My friend Lisa keeps trying to help, but I think she’s losing the battle. Chores are not my strong point. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not dirty or gross, just disorganized. I think you’re well prepared now. Deep breath. Here goes…
In this first picture is my first attempt at organization, the metro shelving unit. I have grand ideas of sewing a curtain for it using the fabric I originally bought for a couch slipcover project that never came to pass (fabric on the top shelf). Also on the top shelf you can see my cutting mat, some felt, a roll of tracing paper, rulers and some yarn. The second shelf from the top is some of my fabric stash and batting. Note how nicely folded and stored my fabric is. 😉 Some of it is pre-treated, some not. The third shelf down houses all of my knitting patterns, burda magazines, various sewing/knitting printouts, tutorials, etc. There are also knitting and sewing reference books. The big paper bag holds two knitting UFO’s (a big sweater for me and a pair of socks for me). The smaller paper bag holds my embroidery supplies. See! There is some organization here! The fourth shelf from the top holds my sewing patterns (behind the brown dotted fabric) and my cook books (no place in the kitchen for them unfortunately). The lowest shelf holds the empty sewing machine boxes and box of wine.
This picture shows the Viking Husqvarna box, my son’s tricycle, some more fabric stash, my bolt of muslin and my now defunct Singer machine. I can’t bring myself to put it away yet. Not out of sentimentality, but rather because trying to get to it’s box would mean doing some organization — a no win situation. 😉
This third picture shows the left side of my dining room table sewing table. Here you see the covered newly acquired Husqvarna, and behind that machine is my Brother Serger 1034D (covered by the pattern pieces of the infamous pregnant clown top). The paper bag to the right of the serger is filled with sewing supplies and tools. And that puddle of yarn is my in progress Whisper cardigan. I am at a stage where I have to work on it at home so that I can work on it on the subway (picking up stitches). Needless to say, until I finish the quilt, it will remain at this stage for some time.
Here is the right side of the “sewing table.” Obviously just a shining example of my concerted organization. And most of it has nothing whatsoever to do with sewing, knitting or creativity of any kind.
I should have added a picture of the couch as I do all my hand sewing there. And maybe a shot of the tv would have been in order too, as I am watching the entire 5 year series of La Femme Nikita while I hand quilt.
I bet you’re wondering how I sew in this mess. Well, the answer is, very carefully! It actually works for me. I have never been the neatest person. My bedroom was notorious when I was growing up. But my brother-in-law Todd defended me once saying, “I bet if you asked Elizabeth where anything was, she’d be able to hand it to you in 10 seconds.” And that remains true to this day. Well almost.
I will post tomorrow, hopefully, about the last Kenneth King class. Stay tuned!