Organizing the fibers and crafts for 2012

As the old year passes away this evening, I want to say good-bye to it in a friendly way. Because I’ve been doing creative projects in 2011 and blogging about them, it’s been a fun-filled year! And after today, I will not ever tag a blog post “postaweek2011” again, woot! I’ve seen that WordPress is pointing us toward another bloggimmick, posting about the same thing 365 times this next year, but I don’t think I will jump on that one.

Toward the end of the year, I got a bit slow and didn’t get in a post a week. Last week I did some adjusting to my creative work space and I’m happy with it. In fact, I’m almost afraid to get started, because it took me so long to straighten it up. The biggest changes were prompted by my looking at a copy of Studios magazine, an Interweave publication. I never thought I would be nuts enough to shell out money for a magazine about studios, but I found it quite a bit more interesting than many of the other magazines I mindlessly buy with a foolish trust that I will get my money’s worth.

I decided to take down a couple of shelves’ worth of books that I’ve been keeping in the room, which don’t have a thing to do with sewing or art, and replace them with fabric stacks. I chose only cottons or others suitable for quilting to go on the shelves. This is going to inspire me, hopefully.

fabric stacks

Knits and non-quilting fabrics are in the drawers, so now the drawers are full again, but at least I don’t have an overspill of fabric everywhere!

An example of the hoardity, before reorganization


My DH volunteered to make me some utilitarian shelves, to help organize, and did it ever! I now have a clue as to what I have, and where it might be located!

stuff stashed

Note the coat rack from Lowes, installed on the wall under the bulletin board, which keeps the hoops from jangling around and falling into the lost zone in back of the sewing machines. I also installed a little display frame that was my mom’s, which houses a thimble collection. I relocated my extra sewing machine feet to a clear plastic, lidded box that sits on the sewing desk and hides a large, unsightly, awful burn on its formica surface. Yarn is boxed on the shelves by fiber type and color. I got a new thread caddy and a bobbin thread case, both 40% off at Joann’s, so all my thread is now encased and categorized. Art supplies are stashed. Felted sweaters and blank t-shirts, tubbed. Pillow forms and batting, bagged and boxed. I considered putting a few more pics in, showing the shelves at the top of the room, but you get the idea. And my studio doesn’t exactly look like Hollywood. The feng shui is not perfect; it feels more in tune for Internet surfing and blogging than sewing and creating, at the moment. But I feel more ready to get started in 2012, hoping to do more of what I want to do: art quilting, making cool kids’ clothes, sketching, multi-media things.

Here’s to a bold new year coming, and as for the old one, it was pretty good overall!

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