At last I have done it – with some help from Lez my husband of course – revamped my sewing room to provide a welcome place to work and create! Over Christmas I had vigorously downsized much of my stash – of fabrics, remnants, patterns, books and files. But still, I wanted more! I wanted to completely revamp my office/sewing space to create a much more welcoming environment in which to work and create.
So I emptied out the office and Lez moved in to paint it all. As usual, a bigger job than expected, as the skirting boards were rotten from damp (it is a Victorian house after all) so they had to be replaced and the walls treated. The walls were textured years ago, so rather than re-plaster, he painted them all white – but needed to do several coats.
I then went to town ordering new shelving units for all my various stashes. And once they were built and put in place by Lez, I decided what was going to go where and visited Ikea again to buy lots and lots of storage boxes.
Everything was decamped from the old into the new and I spent many happy hours sorting everything out. I even had sleepless nights trying to decide how to sort my thread collection – I went with boxes of speciality, machine embroidery, overlocking, then divided all the rest into colours. I have a lot! All the boxes are now labelled so it is easy to find everything.
I am delighted with my new work space – it is light, bright and tidy. Everything in a place of it’s own. I’ve even got a stack of Ikea shoe boxes with mesh fronts so I can see at a glance what shoes are in there. My Horn sewing machine cabinet is still in the window so I get lots of natural light when sewing. And I bought a new chair – with a removable calico cover so I can wash it or indeed customise it – now there is a thought!