Tuesday, 3 June 2014

The Studio, The Reveal

It has been so exciting this week, I had to wait until the flooring was laid on Wednesday afternoon but then I began the trek, carrying bags, boxes, spinning wheel and sewing machines into my new studio.  And there have been lots of little photographs on Instagram 

like this...


And this

It's easy to follow me on Instagram (if you would like to!) by pressing the button at the top of the column on the right of this post.  

I will write a little more detail on how I made some of the things (or more truthfully made over) later but for now, here is a little collection of before and after photographs.  Although I did a lot of painting and the make do and mend all the rest  (and most of the hard work) was down to JTH - he has been a hero!

One end of the garage AKA junk room (the dresser drawers survive behind the curtain)

All that fabulous Ikea storage is now full to bursting

On the right the cupboard which finally defeated me in January, when the stash took over my dinning room  (and now it's back!)

Some of my work, stripping and painting the window frames

These old deed boxes have made a previous appearance, now they are lined with cotton fabric and full of yarn

The old GPO weights, in pounds and ounces are for holding down paper patterns before adjustments

Curtains, made from several charity shop finds and sewn into a 'Liberty meets Mondrian' style to match the window frame

And now I'm off to the studio for my first big project - a double wedding ring quilt for a bride, I have known her since she was six and am so thrilled to be invited to her wedding.

I have not given up knitting but with all this space I can sew in the day and knit in the evenings



one metre of each for the the quilt


Minding My Own Stitches said...

It's all so beautiful! Once my brother came to my apartment and said he could "see me" in every detail. It must feel like that to you and your friends. I think that'd be very calming and a wonderfully inspiring place to work! Well done!

Cathie Aldridge said...

It looks lovely I'm trying not to be envious of your lovely space, I hope to pop over and spend the odd hour sparking design ideas with you :)

Catherine said...

Yes Cathie - please do - that would be so much fun (I even have a spare sewing machine, no need to lug yours if you don't want to!)

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Jennifer Campbell said...

What a wonderful transformation! Having a studio to spread out in exactly the way you like is so precious! I love how you have given such special pieces a new lease on life! Look great.

I don't comment much, but it is lovely to follow along on your adventures. We met at P3.

Happy Stitching!

Vandy said...

Wonderful space. You've done a fantastic job transforming it. Great to see.

benita said...

I love the openess and lighting in your new studio and I am going to have to see if there is an IKEA store around here because I love that storage shelving unit thingy you have.

Jennifer said...

Your studio is wonderful! I love the light and openness. I'm sure you'll have a happy and inspiring time working in there.

Adaliza said...

It's a beautiful creative space Catherine - just wonderful. You've worked so hard on that - love the ikea units and those deed boxes are just perfect. Great fabrics too - look forward to seeing the finished quilt.

Chrisknits said...

How absolutely jealous I am!!! It's gorgeous! And I can't wait to see the quilt done.

Knitrageous said...

Very nice! So happy you have your own 'space'! You did an amazing job!

Annie @ knitsofacto said...

Woohoo! What a fabulous workspace ... I'm so pleased for you.