Yesterday I worked in my studio… but I didn’t stitch at all.
Like all of you, I have books and threads and fabric. My stash isn’t that large since I must order everything and have it sent to me by mail, I’m not as likely to make impulse purchases. This really keeps the stash small so the storage I have currently is OK.
The reason I moved my studio is that my projects are getting larger and the old space, which was perfect a year ago, had become too small. The slate frames on my IKEA hacked trestles take up a lot of room when set up. I have two projects going right now on 24″ slate frames which are large frames and two going on Evertite frames with the System 4 stand. When I found myself tripping over things and knocking frames off the trestles, I decided enough was enough.
We live in a loft in Berlin that has six rooms; three bedrooms, two bathrooms and one huge room (90 square meters/960 square feet) where we cook, eat, read, live…everything! There are only two of us (all children having left home and happily independent) so this set up works perfectly for us.
My studio had been in one of the guest bedrooms and it was a lovely space. I could close the door if I didn’t want to straighten up or if I wanted peace and quiet from a football match, for example, on the radio. But it wasn’t large enough any more. So the two challenges I had to overcome were blocking the sound either one of us makes from time to time and getting my neat freak self to accept that an embroidery studio will be messy.
Simple solutions: headphones and an attitude change.
I’ve always wanted our home to look magazine perfect. I love decorating and home making and it used to really, really drive me nuts to have things messy. (Ask my daughters!) Now, I just don’t mind. It’s our home, we live here, we create here, it’s the space where our life happens when we’re not at work. Some of you may be able to imagine what a huge mind shift this is! But I love having my work out. I find it makes me happy to look down the room and see the projects and know I have stitching to look forward too.
What I like most about this new set up is that Steve is at one end of the room and I’m at the other: we’re together but not on top of one another. We can talk if we need to but we can also do our own thing.
Now, if you dropped by, you would probably find me sitting here, stitching, reading, writing and generally being very content.