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New New Craft Room

I know I told you that I was getting a new craft room, but that plan has changed for the better. Since our roommates moved out, Zach decided to give the east bedroom over to my “craft crap.” This post by Zach shows the deplorable state of the room when we bought the house, and then after remodeling when it was empty and pretty. Here are some photos of nearly all of my stuff moved into its new home (taken this morning before sunrise!).

Will somebody please come help me organize this stuff?! I did go to the dollar store and buy some plastic bins for sorting fabrics by color. I’ll need triple what I bought, though, and more to sort all my tools of the trade.

I’m thinking big. Like bins for straight knitting needles or circular, Felting needles and foam, roving, carding combs, a Big box for all my Koigu,
bins for orphan blocks and pre-cut strips and bindings, stacking inboxes for origami papers and iron-on transfers, mason jars for beads and buttons. And someday I’ll have two tables, a tall one for fabric cutting and one for sewing.

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new craft room-BEFORE pics

I haven’t been this excited about a home improvement project since…EVER. I have never had my very own sew-craft-studio!!

Zach is putting such thought into this room for me! It is a small, south-facing room with a low ceiling and a bank of windows. The room was a later addition to our 1896 house, added on to our added-on kitchen!. An old stove pipe sticks down into the room. That will have stay for a while, at least until we can afford to re-roof the addition. The worn concrete floor will be scrubbed and painted a glossy chocolate brown (paint left over from the dining room floor).

Earlier this winter Zach moved the clothes dryer out of that space and nearer to the washer (this required diverting and lengthening the gas line to suit the new spot). He also ripped out an ugly, rickety, poorly built wall that was made of planks laid horizontally.

Underneath the old sheetrock he found an original cedar shake exterior wall. We are planning to leave the shakes exposed and paint them shiny white.

We salvaged a white, pre-fab shelving system from my brother’s closets, which Zach will mount against the east wall. That’s where I’ll pile my HUGE stash of fabrics, sorted by color of course. I’ll also have room for baskets of yarn, roving from KnitSonya, WIPs, and dozens of jelly jars holding notions. Under the windows he will build a fabric-cutting table with deep shelves underneath for big rubbermaid storage space.

I lack the ability to put these into a panaramic view, but perhaps you get the idea:

The west wall will be built soon and will have that door you see on the floor. Against the inside of that wall, Zach will build a sewing machine table. This room is actually tiny, so we’re trying to figure out the absolute necessities and best possible design. Of concern is where I will fit a fold-down ironing board.

My favorite feature? Sunshine…even on a cloudy day. This room has true, clear, gorgeous light!

Please send me your suggestions for SMALL studio/sewing spaces!


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