Friday, December 6, 2013

The REAL Studio Tour - tool

 
                                                     To The Coop and Saucer Playroom

And a real welcome to visitors for The Real Studio Tour.  I am happy to have visitors.
But I must confess that this is just about killing me!  I really am messy and my studio is usually messy but my most favourite thing in the whole wide world is arranging artful vignettes and styling pretty photos.  And I don't think this is gonna rank up there with the prettiest.  ;)  ha, maybe the most memorable!  ;)

Sew...
I started with traditional quilting.  I had the quilt police firmly fixed in my mind.  ;) When the quilt stack got really high it began to lean towards art quilts and then did a very rapid slide into mixed media fibre art.  I did try to keep the wet stuff over on the left side and the dry stuff  on the right but once again I went from lean, to slide, to sloppy!  If this ever becomes the primary bedroom again it will need to have the floor refinished! :(  But I also started losing track of what the quilt police thought. ;) ;)

My favourite non traditional tool took a bit of feather fluffing.  I'm a bit of a tool junkie so I tend to collect the real deal.  But I think my favourite non traditional tool would have to be a telephone book, a thick one.  Surprised?

I really am a bit of a dizzy chick and I very rarely sit down.  I did buy a traditional sewing cabinet and it is buried under my craft table because I finally figured out that sitting down to sew didn't work for me.  I was getting a crick in my back sliding in and out as I picked up patches from my design wall which was out in the hallway!  Then I read that Hari Walner did her machine quilting standing up.  Really!!!  I didn't know that was allowed.  But it made sew much sense to me.  I put my drop leaf craft table at the end of the sewing cabinet and parked my sewing machine on top of it and I haven't sat down since.  No more cricks in the back and I do believe I am saving time by not sliding and sitting, nor sliding and skipping.  But some times I felt like a horse that kinda stands wonky and with one hoof poised.  Hence the thick telephone book.  I stand on it and my driving foot presses on that pedal.  :)  I think this works as well if one sits to sew.

Now I am in the midst of another favourite activity and that is organizing everything. I'm purging because all this clutter is making for a very messy nest. This auction sale find is an old wash stand. My Rooster trimmed it down a couple of inches and my Nina is ready whenever I am and most of her accessories are in the cabinet.  I pruned my books so I needed a dual purpose book. I don't do much phoning in my studio so I found a Vogue Sewing book that makes a nice foot rest and if I ever get back to garment sewing I can use it for reference! ;)

Sew glad you hopped by!  I shall be hopping  about myself during this Real Studio Tour. I hope I don't get a ticket from the quilt police. ;) ;)                   

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15 comments:

Vicki W said...

I have heard of people who sew standing up but I've never tried it. I might have to give it a whirl and see if I like it.

Mary Ann said...

Standing and sewing makes perfect sense if your are quilting something. I like your multi purpose tool....very inventive:)

Sarah said...

I'll be honest - I've never heard of sewing standing up. It must take a bit of getting used to but it also makes sense for the way you sew from your design wall. Good for you to make it work for you!

Quiltdivajulie said...

DH has always said that standing to sew is more ergonomically correct - I tried it, but felt like the horse you described (off balance and on one leg). Your book solution is a great one - Stitch on!!

Jean Belle said...

Great idea! I think I will try this out sitting down too. It will probably keep my hips more balanced and help with lower back issues.

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Standing up to sew is an intriguing idea! I think I'll have to give it a try.

Mystic Quilter said...

I have done a little quilting standing up but would never have thought of using a telephone directory under my left foot - gonna try this. Great idea.

Createology said...

Standing or sitting I find sewing to be very relaxing and I always have something to show for my time spent. Your "book-stand" is very smart and looks sturdy too. Those phone books are very flimsy and slide around too much. No quilt police for you my dear...great job. December Delights and Creative Joy...

Denise NMI said...

I like your mis-matched socks. :). This was an entertaining entry all around.

Margaret said...

I confess I can't imagine standing up to sew (at a domestic machine, anyway)...I need to be close to the action! But I love your literary solution to various challenges in your sewdio!

Leanne said...

I've seen lots of folks who stand to sew, one day I will give it a try. Lovely studio.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I love the way you wear mismatched socks. They are always so colorful. And I like that you stand to sew. I would if I had the space. Like you, I hate getting up and down when I sew, but since my quiltlets are so small, I can take all the necessary elements to the machine. I DO like the setup you have, though. It's fun to see how you work.

Don't worry. The Quilt Police have NEVER been to my place, and I couldn't make a quilt if my life depended on it.

Denise :) said...

I'd never heard of standing up sewing, either...wow! I love your "welcome friends" sign, too! Very cute!! :)

stitchedbyme said...

My design wall is in the hallway, too. The hall is not very wide, so taking photos of what is on it is pretty tough, but there really is no where else in or near my sewing room for it.
I have not tried sewing standing up, but there are days when I feel like I am sitting too much and that it probably would be a good idea!

Candied Fabrics said...

Ingenious!!! I don't think I could ever sew standing, but I really admire those who do! And I love your chickens at the bottom of the page here!! ;-)