my studio

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At the moment my sewing studio is in the attic. As we have moved fairly recently it isn’t terribly well organised, but in time I know it will be amazing with great natural light.

I was very fortunate to have had a studio when we lived in Paris, which was truly the first time in my life that I have had a designated space for only me and my passion! I tried to keep a vague sense of order whilst designing/working/sewing but as many of us know that is very difficult. I often had to dash leaving rather a mess, but it was nice to know that it was ok to leave my work-in-progress without the need to worry over dropped pins or bits of fabric everywhere. As there was a spare bed in my studio I did have to vacate the premises very occasionally for some lucky soul, but fortunately there were other sleeping options for our many visitors

My sewing machine(Pfaff Quilt Expression 4.0) and my serger (Janome My Lock 744D) took up rather a lot of space on the main table and with the hefty steam iron(Philips) and huge ironing board close by, it was really very cozy! There was a built in IKEA wardrobe for my considerable stash and a bookshelf for books, journals, lace, ribbon and other essentials. My studio was full of inspiration with my pin board, photographs, collages, fabrics, lots of thread and a mannequin, vaguely my size, who was handy to have around!

Now that I am back in the UK I have reacquired my old Janome from my daughter who was keeping it safe for me. I bought a new overlocker, a Brother 4234 D as I had donated my former one to our Parisian guardienne, Soroya! She was very keen on sewing and I have to confess that as much as I liked my My Lock 744D, it was very noisy, not to mention the need for an adapter. I’ve used my new Brother a bit and it is definitely quieter, but hopefully I will be able to make a better assessment after my next project.

I will of, course, be doing some sewing at the shop, so I will be figuring out soon what goes into that gorgeous space and what stays home!