Sewing: Building out a Studio

I haven’t talked much about this on the blog, though I’ve traded a few text messages with folks, and private Twitter threads. However, I finally realized that my sewing efforts and my consulting work (as an astrologer and curriculum designer), and my Toastmasters volunteer work, were overlapping to such a degree that they got in one another’s way. My desk was constantly buried under trim and thread and piecework for the sewing; the cutting table was piled high with stacks of papers; and I would come home to sew something for a client only to discover that I had to move essential and important files into disorganized stacks before I could do any sewing. So I was constantly moving one pile of stuff to work on something else, moving that out of the way to work on a third thing, and just getting overwhelmed every time I tried to work on anything, be it paper or fabric or intellectual resources.

The new labels are looking good.

I kept looking around for solutions, and not finding any. Most of the spaces I could rent were too far away, or the wrong kind of space, or frankly, too large.

However… Some friends of mine decided to rent a studio for their weaving work. And the one space they could find was about 25% too large for them… so now I have a sewing space inside of their weaving space. And it’s perfect.

Naturally, the new labels for the business arrived at just about the same time as I finished moving into the new studio. They came with sizing labels, and a couple of different styles of care labels (some for 100% cotton, and some for linen, and some for linen blends). The decision to get labels for care came with another kind of decision — a lot of people that I currently make things for, regularly hang out at bonfires and suchlike things… and it makes sense to stay close to natural materials, and away from polyesters and rayons and other things that melt fast when sparks land on them.

Bulletin boards to assemble bits of fabric to see if they go together. Shelving to store fabric, and clothes racks to store finished clothes, and bins to store finished bags, Christmas/Solstice stockings, and other such things. Other shelves to store patterns and findings and trim and buttons (did you know that many industrial button manufacturers are going out of business? Might want to stock up, now…)

In other words… things are starting to look fancy.

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  1. Knitting as a hobby is making a comeback here in Ontario, especially with the under 40 crowd.
    But sewing, not so much. And yet, the sewing area at a local library’s maker space is full of people, most
    of whom don’t speak much english.

    Speaking of fancy, have you sigilized and enchanted your label stack?

    • Re — labels — that is a first-rate idea. Thank you.

      Knitting and sewing are radically different skills — and sewing has the steeper learning curve. There’s something charming about wearing a handmade scarf or hat; and something low-class or poverty-minded about wearing handmade clothes. At least, I think this is what’s happening, though I don’t know for sure.

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