Sunday, March 27, 2011

Work space

I have just read somewhere that one of the most important things to do if you want to create via sewing is to keep an organised work space.


I try.

I have numerous units from IKEA with wire baskets filled with colour-coded or texture-coded fabrics; plastic trays with various braids, tools, beads and so on; even paper patterns semi-sorted into type, market gear stacked up in crates according to type and importance, magazines and books in shelves, clothing hung on racks....

But when I really get going the organisation goes out the window and my work space quickly becomes a jumble of everything I am using or have used in the last couple of days, all at arm's reach, and so it goes until the jumble threatens to frustrate even me, penetrate the zone I'm in...I can no longer find any of the four pairs of scissors I've been using,  nor either of my two current seam rippers, and buttons and braid have been swallowed up by bottomless piles of fabric scraps. So a half day is sacrificed to tidying it all up again...and here we go round the mulberry bush all over again.

Not efficient, but this is the way I work, and it probably works as well as anything for me. I've even stopped being embarrassed about it, mostly -  people may as well know what my husband copes with, generally with great patience and good humour!

Wimcee will be at the Mamma's Market again this coming Saturday, April 2nd., and I am hoping for a really lovely Autumn day, because as beautiful as Buderim can be in the rain it really was tough on those how came out last time in the deluge, so time for a bit of sunshine!


  1. I can totally relate! It's how I work as well. I think Wayne is very happy that I now have my own space, even though it does manage to still get spread around the house at times... :)

  2. One of my sons calls it craft creep...bits and pieces start to appear in other rooms until he can't sit down at the breakfast table in any sort of comfort!

  3. Organised chaos is the best way to work - a totally neat creative space just wouldn't work