Sewing Studio update …

16/10/2012 § 6 Comments

Long overdue, I reorganised my space way back in July!  Out went some ceiling height wardrobes and the spare bed (sorry, kids).  It was tidy(ish) for about a day before my projects, supplies and stock all got together to bring about the organised chaos that reigns today.

Here are a few sneaky peak snippets …


There are piles of cushions, all waiting for their patchwork covers, stacked up in the gap between a tall unit and the yarn cupboard. As a week progresses, the white feather cushions are transformed into whatever colours and fabrics take my fancy.  There’s my first of the week – a pink and blue patchwork, hot off the sewing plate!

I have a full wall of cube storage, from Ikea naturally, as well as 2 tall units, a cutting out table and room for the ironing board to be permanently set up too.  Light streams in through the windows and I decided to keep the burnt orange wall – it looks jolly and bright even on the rainiest days.  The curtains are Hollyhocks design and I have always LOVED this pattern (now long since discontinued).  About 20 years ago, I bought this colourway and the red colourway too.  The curtains have moved around the house over the years and I’ve now claimed the bright pair – the red pair are in the snug, downstairs.

I treated myself to some zany bunting discs and love the contrast between old and new – old school chair, pictures, button tins and tapestries happily mixing in with fresh white units, a glass topped desk, a red desk for the Elna embroidery machine and all those fabulous fabrics.  As always, it could do with a tidy up – but I do sweep up the threads and snippets from the wood floor most days and every so often after a particularly busy week, I’ll spend half an hour re-arranging a cube or two and delight in discovering fabric swatches that I’ve already forgotten about!




I was lucky enough to win a giveaway last week – Zakka Sewing – courtesy of Karon over at My Comfort Zone.  It caused consternation amongst the collies when I unwrapped my prize – yes, the collies love Japanese inspired sewing projects too!  No, silly – Karon has a houseful of pets, including a polecat called Finzean and I think that Belle and Misty could smell him.  They knocked the book off the coffee table downstairs and then stood over it, growling at each other, as they vied for possession.  Of course, I could be mistaken – maybe they fancied the saucy squirrel teacosy on the front cover!  I haven’t had more than a good browse through and I can’t wait to try out some of the ideas.  “Thank you, Karon!”


Last week, a lovely lady arrived at my stall in Alton, wearing a broad smile.  “Christmas has arrived early” she said as I was presented with a huge bag of wondrous fabric samples, lace and braids.  It was, indeed, just like Christmas!  What a fabulous present.  “Thank you, Sue!”  I’ve been choosing some pretty pinks and blues for your “Thank You cushion’.  I’m having SUCH fun with these beautiful lawns and soft wools – the colours and designs are amazing – and such a treat to work with.

One day, when my room is nice and tidy, I’ll take you on a proper tour around – but don’t hold your breath!  I’m not a naturally clutter free, tidy person.  I’m an ‘occasional blitz and move on’ type!  I love my room – everything is set up and ready, even if I only have 10 minutes to play.  I step inside, the radio is switched on, if it’s not too cold or breezy I always open a window for a breath of fresh air and the mood is set – for sewing!

Where’s your creative space?  What projects are you working on at the moment?  Are you having fun?

Enjoy your week.

Adaliza x




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