It's been a month since my last update. Which means I have been working on the so-called studio for a month. Not 24-7 of course, but still. A month of unpacking mostly boxes of books and fabric. Other craft supplies too, and family photos and such, but mostly fabric. Oh so much fabric. Mom's fabric alone took over two weeks - take it out of the box, unfold (or unroll) it, figure out what I have, whether or not it's worth saving, re-fold it and stick it on a shelf, or into a bin ... repeat. Lots of really cool stuff - including fleece, linings, batiste, bark cloth, silky dress prints, and more. But also plenty that I need to get rid of. Last week I finally got around to unpacking my own fabric, which was much easier because it was well organized before I packed it, so it came out of the boxes ready to shelve.
This week I am working on mom's sewing notions. Mind you, I already had plenty of my own. And now I have more. I seriously will never have to buy thread ever again. Or zippers. I haven't had the guts to even open the button box yet. Today I tackled a box containing a mix of things: safety pins, straight pins, sewing needles, darning needles. hooks, snaps, interfacing, elastic, velcro, etc. I am gobsmacked by the amount of pins and needles - I just kept finding more! ("What's in this little container? oh look, more needles!")
Franky, it's all quite overwhelming. I got some of my art supplies out too and want to start painting again (and teach a few classes at Gallery 194 in the coming months), but I think I have to concentrate on sewing for the next, oh I don't know, 120 years or so, to use up some of this stuff. *sigh* Or more realistically, make some hard decisions on what to give away and sell. Maybe have an "open studio day" in the spring and invite people in to shop for free and bargain-priced items. Then maybe I can cut my sewing sentence down to about 60 years.
But the overwhelmed feeling does alternate with feeling inspired. I have a ton of ideas of what to make with some of the things I'm coming across. I just have to get through this much-longer-than-anticipated organization process to so I can get back to making stuff. Maybe this will finally give me the push I need to try my hand at some art quilts/textile art.
about 80% of the fabric on these shelves came from my mom.
the antique wood thread cabinet is not full - only small spools fit, so I was only able to fill the front 2-3 rows of each drawer.
there's an antique needle case spread open on the bottom of this pile.