Nellie"s Needles

Sunday, October 30, 2005

Studio South

I'm back in Knoxville in the studio that's purely a working room. This 16'x12' space doesn't have to double for any other purpose. It's all mine! There are 8' patio doors on each end of the room. One looks into the courtyard with a 5' fountain and metal sculptures under a Maple tree. The other overlooks a landscaped grassy yard.

Just before we left for Michigan I finally got an additional sewing table so that both machines could be set up ... the Brother 1500s for free-motion quilting and my Pfaff Creative 7530 ... ohh, I'm glad to be back to my favorite machine. The chair swivels from one to the other. Previously it seemed that the machine I needed at the moment was NOT the one that was set up on the sewing desk. Whew! Glad that problem is solved. Every inch is planned for storage and particular tasks.

When I reorganized a year ago, I took the doors off the storage cabinets and way too many books out of the bookcases. My friends and the local library benefited from that task. Now most of my fabric stash is visible. My philosophy is, " If I can't see it, I don't have it". The silks, wools, etc. are in clear storage boxes stacked under the cutting table and sewing desk. I don't use those often, but I can still see and get at them.

The futon is my major "designing tool". I lay there studying whatever piece is on the design board. It's amazing what can be seen or realized in those moments of waking up or falling to sleep. Although, I'm thinking of replacing the futon with a stratalounger chair so there will be space to set up a table area just for fabric painting.

And yes, that's a lot of ribbons. Most all of them were awarded to entries in Knoxville's Dogwood Arts Quilt Show. That's the one competition I've entered yearly since I began quilting in 1994 as a measuring stick of my work. It's a judged show and doesn't require slides ... a big plus in my book. There are many entries from around the USA and a few from foreign countries as well. I figure if I can compete well in this show, I've "still got it".

The design wall is 1/2" fiber board from building supplies at Home Depot. It's covered with felt-like material especially designed for this purpose ... fabric clings to it. If I ever recover it, a medium value gray felt will be my choice. The long cabinet/counter beneath it is a bookcase laid on its side. It had been upright across the room and full of books. The dividers are closet organizers I bought from Target. Don't know where I'd put that printer if the narrow counter top weren't there.

This set-up cut down on the area of the design wall, but the counter sure is handy. I use the step-ladder often to work at the wall. There's another tower of shelves that stores threads of all kinds on the right side of the design wall to complete the room.

Now, to get back to work.


Kemper Durand said...

I can't believe you fit all of that into that little space. You've seen my studio - piles of neglected tasks, random kid toys, and my old condo living/dining rooms. At least I'm organized digitally!


Peter Durand said...

I love seeing your studio(s) and reading your descriptions. It helps to demystify the process for folks.

Debra Spincic said...

That's a lot of stuff in one space. I subscribe to the practice of putting supplies away so I don't have too much visual overload in my room--but I neglect that principle in my decorations (that are full of overload!). At least that way I don't feel panicky about having to use all my fabric. . .

Maureen said...

Oh Nellie!
"Come on down" to me in Queensland!!Having moved recently to a smaller home I feel the need to get semi-organised!
So far my plans for a designated studio has resulted in three rooms,half a garage and half the laundry being overwhelmed by my "stuff".
Desperately seeking Susan has NOTHING on my desperately seeking Organisation! :-(

teodo said...

Oh! Oh! how many ribbons. ciao ciao