Of course I have a long list of little things I need to do – or buy – but it’s done! I am thrilled – it turned out better than I could have imagined.
I want to thank my darling husband David who has been so supportive and helpful along the way – he built the Ikea furniture and did all the other miscellaneous “handyman” type jobs.
And a special thanks to my daughter Sam (a talented interior designer) who ordered the doors and followed through with countless phone calls to finally get them delivered and installed. She bought the fabric and had the sofa and chair upholstered in a teeny tiny shop in the heart of the old downtown section of the city. Sam was also in charge of the team of workmen who smoothed out and painted the rough walls, columns, and beams.
For a look at the “before” see this February 16th, 2009 post My Studio. In that post I mentioned that we would be building an addition to the house for the studio (and a workshop for David’s 1957 Jaguar restoration.) We hope to get that addition built eventually – but what would have been the studio we’ve decided to make into a master bedroom and bath and turn our current bedroom into a guest room.
Our house was US Air Force Captain’s quarters in the former Canal Zone. The studio was the under the house carport – it measures 14 feet by 25.5 feet.
The design wall measures 78 inches high by 130 inches long. It is covered with commercial carpet. I pin my large piece of white flannel fabric to the carpet.
Now for some pictures:
The view through the bamboo blinds is of the street in front of the house. The computer table is a piece of MDF supported by two filing cabinets – I covered the top with some black rubbery stuff I bought by the yard at my local hardware store.
Here you can see the 24 inch square ironing pad I made out of a piece of MDF, two layers of batting and a layer of flannel (all stapled to the back.) I wrapped a piece of plain muslin around it so it’s easy to take off for washing. When I get around to it I should make a proper cover with elastic. It sure does look a lot better than my old ironing board.
The 100 octagons on the wall. I really do need to get a larger piece of flannel so I can use the whole wall. My friend Martie from Taos Sunflower suggested backside fabrics as a source for wide flannel. I will order some soon.
This is my little folding table from Price Smart. It is the perfect size for my machine – an Elna 6005 Heirloom Edition I bought when I was into Heirloom sewing – it does beautiful stitches – just like antique hand sewing.
Since I mostly hand piece I don’t use my machine that much. When I was making the order for the Ikea furniture I looked at some real professional type sewing tables – wow – some of the really fancy ones are well over $2,000! My little table will probably vibrate if I sew very fast – but I usually sew slowly – so that won’t be a problem.
Adjustable shelving wall storage – bought second hand from a Danish friend when she left Panama – made in Denmark and the Panamanian termites LOVE it – it is a constant battle to keep them from eating it up. They will eat any type of wood but they prefer imported woods – a change from their diet of local tropical wood!
In this picture you get an idea of the size of the room – it seems so much bigger than it was. I eliminated one of the big work benches and the room divider shelving and the bookcase – what a difference!
The steel 30 drawer unit is from the Department of Defense Schools Middle School office. They were getting rid of some stuff when they left Panama in 2000 and my daughter worked in the office and she was able to get it. It was meant to hold 8 1/2″ x 11″ paper – forms and stuff.
I have some of my beads in the drawers, divided by color – all labeled. The browns, golds and purple/mauves are on the open shelves along with all the findings and tools. The beading books and binders of pictures I cut out of beading magazines are on the top.
The fabulous Ikea “Varde” counter storage units – I am storing my batiks in the one in this picture. The top right drawer is for my scissors and sewing notions I use frequently. The other things are in boxes in the cabinets.
Here they are together with the cabinets – aren’t they wonderful? The drawers are great – they slide out so smoothly and sort of pop back in all by themselves. I am storing my QuiltCut 2 on top. When I need to use it I will have to move it to the sewing table – I can’t cut on a surface nearly three feet high.
My Kaffe Fassett, Brandon Mably and Phillip Jacobs fabrics are in the left hand cabinet. The jelly rolls and the 5 inch squares are in the bottom right hand drawer. I have them divided by fabric type rather than color: large florals, dots, stripes, small all over prints and geometrics. There is plenty of room for more fabric.
There you have it – I hope you have enjoyed the tour.