There's More to See in this Great Sewing Studio
When I first approached designer and sewing educator Katrina Walker about being included in the Threads no. 159 story, "Sewing Spaces that Work," I didn't realize the wealth of images and ideas she would have to share. Katrina and her friend, professional photographer Samantha Cabrera, sent far more material than we could fit into print. Here, I wanted to share a more detailed version of Katrina's thoughts on studio space and organization, and more photos from her lovely farm and workspace. If you would like to more photos of Katrina's cute sheep, visit her farm blog at RoseButteRanch.Tumblr.com.
Thoughts about Studio Layout and Organization
The smallest space I've worked in was a bedroom closet. I took the accordion doors off the front of the closet and the clothes rod out. I jung a curtain instead of the doors because it took less space. An office surplus desk that was shallow but long fit the space well; the pen drawer worked great for bits and pieces like bobbins, extra sewing feet, etc. Three large drawers to the side provided more storage.
A cubicle-style under-shelf fluorescent light was bolted onto the underside of the closet shelf for lighting. The side wall on my left had a cork bulletin board for pinning up pattern instructions. The other walls had pegboard for storage. Fabric storage was on top of the closet shelf. Layout and cutting was done on the living room floor. It was a very small duplex!
My current studio is definitely the largest workspace I've had. The layout is unusual so it does not offer as much open floor space as the size might suggest. There are five sets of sliding glass doors; I have chosen to curtain off two of them entirely and half of another two to create more "wall" space.
I do think that layout design/organization is as much or more important than square footage, as you can always get creative with folding cutting tables, etc. I've even had tabletops that sat on top of a twin bed before.
It was built by the previous owners to be a guest house/multipurpose room. What was originally a sleeping loft is now storage, and the space above the bathroom has also been converted into a storage loft. A former sauna room has been made into a small but convenient and functional office space just big enough for a desk and a couple of small bookcases. Of course the office walls are utilized for button storage bins as well as cork and white boards for noting deadlines and pinning up pieces of inspiration.