Emmie has been asking people over on her blog to show off their stash and their sewing spaces, but up until now I didn’t see much point. Above is what my stash looked like two months after I started sewing. I would need a wide angle lens to get it all in one picture now.
As for sewing space, well I have made no secret of my yearning for a room of my own, or at least a dedicated space to sew. Actually my kitchen table is perfect for my needs. However I have been mostly relegated to a small wobbly desk in the corner of the kitchen because the other members of my family are under the misguided impression that this table is for homework, painting, play dough and of course eating. Which is very inconvenient because they are messy eaters. There is nothing more annoying than cutting something out and starting to sew only to find that whoever was supposed to wipe the table missed a large glob of ketchup that is now well and truly ironed into your fabric. Annoyed? Oh yes….
It was this incident that prompted me to call our local builder to get a quote for a loft extension. Which in turn finally got the message through to my darling husband. So last weekend he asked me for a list of what I needed to get my stuff organised and headed off to Ikea. At this point I would just like to say that I am not some feeble little woman who needs permission to buy storage units, and I am more than capable of getting them myself but the idea of doing it with children in tow is my idea of Hell and Ikea only deliver at times when I am at work, so I have been putting it off.
While he was out I roped in some help to clear out the corner that I have been using.
Child labour? Moi….?
I am lucky that Mr Taracat is a carpenter. Those flat packs are not as simple to put together as you would expect. There was swearing.
He got me the Micke Workstation, which is the perfect size for the space and just big enough for my sewing machine and overlocker. It has a cupboard for my patterns, a big drawer where I store my work in progress and shelves and another little drawer for thread, notions, scissors, etc… He also got me a load of Kassett boxes to keep fabric and haberdashery in.
It still looks a bit messy here as I was so keen to try it all out that I forgot to take photos before I started using it. He also got me a proper swivel chair which has given my girls hours of amusement spinning round on it at high speed until they are really dizzy and then trying to walk. And yes, I did join in.
The notice board at the back is magnetic, so perfect for pinning up instructions as well as other lovely sewing related stuff. And the ledge on the top is wide enough and sturdy enough for me to balance all the boxes on. I am ashamed to say that they are all full of fabric, notions and patterns.
So there you have it – my new sewing space. I need to say a really big thank you to my wonderful husband for making it happen. He is currently at Glastonbury, where he will be ‘working’ for the next week, so I will hopefully get to make the most of the time on my own and get some serious stitching done.