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Sewing Room! Done at Last!

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This is a crossover post with my fiber blog. Double posting? In a way, but with a difference. Here, it wraps up a project and another step toward building our homestead and fulfilling our dream. There, it signifies a beginning, a coming to terms with my dilemma (On Finding a Balance Between Work and Play). If you’re interested in close-ups of shelf and drawer contents, and what’s on the wall, you’ll find more photos at my fiber blog

The room (originally called the sun room) measures 20 feet by 9.5 feet. For years, it’s been used for catch-all and storage, as we’ve upgraded and remodeled our old house. Part of it is my computer room/office. But I haven’t needed much room for that, so the rest of the room has become my sewing room/studio. It’s a little under 100 square feet, so it’s small, but I think I’ve managed to find places for almost everything.

My little tour starts at the entrance to the room.

Cotton weaving yarns on the left-hand bookshelf, books on the right.

The two shelving units face outward toward the office and form walls to help define my area. On the other side of the yarn shelves, is my worktable. It’s multi-functional, for planning projects, cutting fabric, or sewing.

The table was a $40 thrift store find.

It’s also where I can put my table loom for weaving. 

The drawers under the table hold more yarn,
 sewing, and weaving stuff. (Click here to see)


I absolutely love the workshop light over the table. It gives me lots of light in the late evenings, which is when I do most of my weaving or sewing. 

At the end of the table I found room for my button box.

Button box, current weaving yarns,
and the covers of my first two books.
My comfy thrift store sewing and reading chair, treadle sewing machine, and spinning
wheel. The basket contains my boro & sashiko inspired barn jacket (pictures here).

I have very little available wall space, so finding spots for some things has been a challenge. Like my warping board.

The warping board is a tool for measuring warp for the loom. By hanging it from the ceiling, it’s out of the way but handy. When I want to use it, I set it on over-the-door hooks on the closet door.
Measuring warp for the table loom.

The closet is used for storage


More yarns, spinning fibers. ironing
board, iron, and fabric cutting board. 

The remaining wall space is lined with shelving units, a filing cabinet, and a tall stack of storage totes.

Equipment and sewing thread are on the shelves on the left.
The filing cabinet has folders of handouts & sewing patterns.

The old analog TV cabinet works well for storage, don’t you think?


Top: boxed yarns & fibers, yarn swift & mending tote.
Storage drawers: spinning, weaving, & crafting equipment
Basket drawers: Knitting, crochet, and sewing items
Stack of totes on right: spinning fibers & handspun yarns
I already had the plastic drawers and was happy they fit perfectly. The baskets for drawers were from Dollar General. It’s like they were made for the VCR cubbies. One holds my knitting and crochet tools, the other sewing notions. 
Fabrics are stored in the bottom of the cabinet. 

There are still things I haven’t managed to find room for: my large floor loom, my tri-loom, half-a-dozen boxes of spinning fibers, and a trunk filled with my handwoven samples and fabrics. But, I’ve got it jam-packed with more than I thought I could, and for this photo shoot, it’s neat and tidy! We all know that won’t last long, but at least I have documentation that I did it once.

More pics available at my fiber blog, just click here.


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