I love to take a peek inside other peoples studios and see how they organise their materials and what equipment they use. I thought I would give you the opportunity to look around my studio and see how I organise the space.
My studio is at home in the back bedroom, I worked away from home in a great studio but I found that I’m more productive at home. I can take a break and watch TV for a while then get back in the studio when I’m ready. It also means that I can work in my pyjamas if the mood takes me!
I have a separate table for my Pfaff Creative 3.0, this allows me to keep my machine out at all times. As it’s an embroidery machine this means that I can keep it running and still have room for my laptop and hand sewing projects.
I wanted some handy storage for when I’m sewing and I have a lot of wall space behind my machine. I got these rails from Ikea, they are from the kitchen storage department. The rails are perfect to hand my embroidery hoops and the pots house all my tools.
I use these Ikea units to store my threads and interfacing, they are all organised and to hand when I need them. I arrange my threads by type so when I’m hand stitching I can get the relevant boxes out easily. I keep my interfacing on rolls so they are wrinkle free and easy to find.
My bookcase is a great way to store my other supplies as well as my books of course!
I organise my samples by project so I can refer back to them for workshops and new projects. The files have my research from different projects in, I like to keep them organised so I know where to find things.
I keep my buttons in jars arranged by colour on the shelves alongside my fancier threads.
My books are a great resource for teaching and when I’m feeling a bit stuck and need inspiration. I have has some of these books since my degree and I still refer to the regularly.
I keep my fabric in a rusty old filing cabinet that I bought years ago for £20.00, It has lived in 3 house with me. I also keep my paperwork in here, it pays to be organised when you run your own business.
I have a huge desk under the studio window, it allows me to keep my laptop, research, sewing and my cuppa with plenty of space to work. I have a view of the garden where I can watch the birds. We get the usual garden birds and every once in a while a heron or a red kite.
I have a mug collection which lives in on my window sill, I like to keep my pens and pencils to hand so I can easily access them when I’m working. The mugs are a reminder of trips I have been on and I love shopping for stationery!
I hope you’ve enjoyed the tour of my studio.