Wednesday, 3 September 2014

More tidying in the sewing room!

You may recall that the last Bank Holiday Monday here in the UK was e-x-t-r-e-m-e-l-y wet and, I spent some time in my sewing room reorganising as a result.

The desk I use for cutting and sewing


My reorganised sewing room

Then I crocheted a new cover for my sewing room stool and things were looking quite good (even if I do say so myself!)

My new crocheted stool cover

There was, however, one item which I have been quite unhappy with since we first moved in here and I thought it was about time I addressed the situation.


The 'faux' curtains in my old sewing room (right)

I have my fabrics stored on shelves and, as the room I use for sewing is a conservatory, it gets a lot of sunlight.  I was anxious that my treasured fabrics didn't suffer from being bleached by the sun and I have them covered with a sort of curtain.  Actually, they are two panels of fabric that I made as 'faux' curtains in my previous sewing room in Switzerland. They did the job to a degree but they weren't really the right width (a little too narrow) or the right length (a little too long).


The 'faux' curtains in my old sewing room (left)

I decided that it was time to make something better.  So, I used the larger blind that you can see in the photos above.  I unpicked all the ribbon and shortened the length.  It has made a nice cover for my shelves and is just the right width to hide my stash of fabrics from the sun and out of sight!!


My 'new look' fabric panel


A peek at the fabric stash it hides!!

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  1. Very clever and very nice stash of fabric:-)

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    1. Thank you Jenny! I do love my fabrics and I have collected one or two pieces over time!! ;) x

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  2. Yes I agree, you just don't realise how much damage the sun can do to fade fabric so smart move on your part. Love the stool cover, I must learn to crotchet one day.

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    1. Hello Dawn! The sun really does fade things quickly and my room gets a lot of it so I really wanted to get the fabrics out of the way. The bonus is my husband can't see them either!! ;)

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  3. My fabric collection is ancient and in a plastic box :( I really should start again. On a brighter note I'm going to start knitting poppies today - there is a crochet pattern too, but I haven't crocheted since I was a child so afraid it's all Double Dutch now!

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    1. Hi Kay! Yes you should get your sewing/knitting/etc out again. It is very satisfying to finish a project... Crochet would come back in no time the basics are very simple! :) x

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  4. It is certainly a good idea to keep your fabrics out of the sun - It definitely fades my cardstock if I leave it out!

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    1. Hi Janet! I know the sun really fades things quickly! In fact the two 'faux' curtains were a bit faded down one edge from being in the window at Coppet. :) x

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  5. Oh wow, that all worked together good! Great use of the extra fabric/curtains, wish I was there with you to sew in your neat organized sewing room

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    1. Thank you Shelly! I like to recycle things if I get the chance and I wasn't going to use the blind so it seemed a perfect solution!! :) x

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  6. Oh what a beautifully tidy sewing room Christine! Great idea about covering up your fabric, like you I have mine on shelves and overlook the fading problem. I am inspired to go and have a good tidy up-it's so much more pleasurable when tidy!
    Alison xx

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    1. Thank you Alison! I was pleased with the new curtain/cover and much prefer how I've arranged the furniture, it gives me more room! :) x

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  7. I love your sewing room - so light and cheerful. Great idea for the curtains! You lived in Switzerland? Wow!

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    1. Thank you Linda! Yes, we were in Switzerland for nearly twenty years... we just moved back to the UK earlier this year! (Husband's work) :) x

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