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More Images from Louise Cutting's Sewing Room

Three vintage irons and a Clarks Mile-End cotton thread display case. Of the irons, Louise found the one with the black handle at an antiques shop, but the other two belonged to her mother.
Louises sewing space is packed with collections and fun items that reflect her interest in sewing and career as an instuctor, pattern designer, and artist.
Whimsical mannequin hands hold the curtain valances in Louises sewing room.
Three vintage irons and a Clarks Mile-End cotton thread display case. Of the irons, Louise found the one with the black handle at an antiques shop, but the other two belonged to her mother.

Three vintage irons and a Clark's Mile-End cotton thread display case. Of the irons, Louise found the one with the black handle at an antiques shop, but the other two belonged to her mother.

Photo: Gary Junken

In Threads #173, we visited the sewing studio of contributing editor Louise Cutting. Louise's sewing space is on the second floor of her Winter Park, Florida, home. It's packed with collections and fun items that reflect her interest in sewing and career as an instuctor, pattern designer, and artist.

There was so much to see in Louise's studio that we decided to offer this additional online look at more of her sewing room and collected items, with insight on each image from Louise. Enjoy, and happy sewing!

 

sewing rooms Take a look at more sewing studios and spaces:

Another Look at Kenneth D. King's Sewing Space
• An Inside Look at Mary Ray's Sewing Studio
• Ruth Ciemnoczolowski's Sewing Room
• Helen Haughey's Favorite Tools and Storage Solutions

More from Louise:

Louise found these whimsical hands at a display house. They are "glove" hands and also traditionally used to display jewelry.

Louise Cutting's sewing room  

Usually they would stand upright on a store counter, but Louise's carpenter drilled a clamp into the side of the cabinet so that the each hand could hook on. The hand was in an odd salmon color, so Louise spray-painted them white.

 

Louise Cutting's sewing room   Three vintage irons and a Clark's Mile-End cotton thread display case. Of the irons, Louise found the one with the black handle at an antique shop, but the other two belonged to her mother.


Louise is a whiz at collars, of course (see her story, "Precision Collar Band," in Threads #173). Louise found these miniature "collar candleholders at anthropologie about three years ago.

Louise Cutting's sewing room   The details are rendered correctly, she says, around the back of the "collars" you have what you would normally see inside a man's shirt collar.

Unfortunately, Anthropologie no longer carries them, but they are fun, aren't they?

 

 

Louise Cutting's sewing room   Another great sewing-related candle, this one packed with buttons. Louise found it at an antique store.

Louise enjoys lovely vintage buttons, and has a collection on display in her studio, including Bakelite buttons, and old-time, high-shoe buttons. The framed buttons have old newsprint as a background, and the displays were found in an antiques mall. Louise is sure someone did them as a craft class.

Louise Cutting's sewing room  

The wooden box on the shelf was Louise's grandmother's. It is a spool box with a pincushion on top, and the little holes are where the thread "spools" out. The bird is an antique and well-loved pincushion.

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Comments (3)

SuperiorLiz SuperiorLiz writes: I feel most SPECIAL; I have the identical little Plastic "Treadle" Sewing Machine that Louise has. I can date mine with total accuracy too. At Easter in 1948 my one Grandmother gave us three children each a Day Old Chicken as our "Easter Egg". At that time in England Sugar and most other foodstuffs were strictly rationed, including eggs, so a chicken that would grow to be an Egg producing Hen was not only sensible, but also fun; plus my mother already had 4 or 5 hens in the back garden that were 'off ration'; not enough for her to loose her Egg Ration, or too many to manage to feed with scraps and foraging amongst the garden plants. Anyway the Chicken Hatchery was a long bus ride from our home and my Gran did not feel able to take me; a mere 3 year old, along with mt older brothers. So as a reward for not going she managed to find this little toy in a shop in the small town they went to. I have it up on a bookshelf in my sitting room; it has always been around, and it has suffered no damage despite moving house too many times. Mine is slightly different in colour; The Hand Crank and folding side/top are Red, the Treadle Foot Plate and machine Bed are Yellow, and the Machine, Top, side irons, and drawers are Blue. The rear back flap lifts up so the head can be lowered and the side extension/top folded across to make it into a "Concealed Model". Even more amazing; the foot pedal is on minute bearings so it can be moved, although there is no Pitman, and when you turn the Hand Crank the metal 'Needle' goes up and down! I am so happy someone else has one "JUST THE SAME"; I must have been a most careful child for it to have lasted so long since I did play with it; it graced my childhood Doll House for many years. Liz
Posted: 1:38 am on December 30th

LouisBAbbott LouisBAbbott writes: Nice pictures..Really very inspiring..
Posted: 2:42 am on October 31st

dsantil71 dsantil71 writes: Only 2 pictures showed the actual room, all the other pictures were close up shots of items in the room. The article mainly talked about the items used to decorate room and nothing seem to discuss about the actual function of the room. For once I am disappointed in an article in Threads, unfortunately.
Posted: 10:10 pm on November 18th

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