While I love all the rooms in our new loft, of course I gravitate to the sewing room. To give you an idea of my work space, I’ve included five pictures or views. As you walk into this room, you face the large arched window on the brick wall. The main portion here is occupied by the cutting area where I have plenty of natural light by day and a swing arm lamp mounted to the wall above for cutting at night. The cutting boards rest upon several wire basket drawers of fabric.
Moving to the right, you’ll see the actual sewing area. Rick gets the credit for hanging the fan quilt from my quilting days, while he balanced fifteen feet or more on a huge ladder. Didn’t he do a wonderful job? The Hoosier Cabinet is a family heirloom that houses my notions and scrapbook supplies. The two Bernina’s allow me to stitch with two different color threads when necessary. I just roll my chair back and forth. Also, this setup comes in very handy to sew side by side with my granddaughters. AND, I measured carefully before the furniture arrival so that my sewing chair would be placed where I can see the ships coming down the harbor as I sew!
Moving again to the right you see the entrance wall with a six foot bookcase Rick built for me. He also built the cabinet drawer space under the map chest. The map chest houses buttons, trims, fringe, beads, and patterns. The Tibetan prayer flag was a gift from my niece who visited Tibet with her National Geographic photography group. And anyone who sews knows that you need prayers every time you have to rip stitches or seek inspiration, right? 🙂
Now we come to the amazing closet. This used to be a normal sized, mirrored, sliding door type closet. Since I knew this would be my sewing room, I asked for a huge archway and no doors. This allowed space for my fabric armoire whose arch shape echoes the arch above. Hidden behind the armoire is a large filing cabinet. AND, I get to have two chandeliers to add a little romance to the space. On one end of this closet Rick built shelves and rods to hang and organize even more fabric.
By the way, the black wall color was a happy mistake. 🙂 The armoire front is loaded with purses right now that will be in my fall/winter line. Since we have now settled into the loft and I don’t have to worry about moving and decorating anymore, I’ve been sewing and sewing! (You’ll see those purses in detail in future posts.) On the other end of this closet is my tiny, cozy, brick walled nook that serves as my office. My desk is a library table that I bought in the sixties from a courthouse auction in Kokomo, Indiana, and it just fits!
So this is my happy place, where I sew, design, research, blog, make tags, email, catch up on Days of Our Lives, CNN, Bravo housewives, and The Bachelorette. Hmm, that Kaitlyn’s interesting, isn’t she? Okay, not going there. Any…way…until next time, Happy Sewing!