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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.
Whimsical mannequin hands hold the curtain valances in Louises sewing room.
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.
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!

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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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Some of these miniature sewing machines are teapots and others are music boxes. Louise says her late husband always tried to find unusual items related to sewing for her.

Louise Cutting's sewing room   The white one is a teapot, the black one behind it is a music box, as is the one with tiny mice that turn around with fabric and lace as the music plays.

 

Louise Cutting's sewing room   In all, Louise thinks she has about 30 miniature sewing machine teapots or music boxes around her sewing studio and home.

 

Louise Cutting's sewing room   Louise is finishing two versions of her new jacket pattern, "The Director's Cut." With the pattern ready, samples sewn, pattern cover illustrations drawn, and instructions written (whew!) the pattern is ready and will be available in June 2014.

Tiny dolls line up atop the bookcases where Louise stores fabric, carefully folded and sorted by color.

Louise Cutting's sewing room   Most are Ginny dolls, a figure that predated Barbie by about 10 years. Ginny is 6 1/2 inches tall, and Louise learned to sew by making clothes for her. Louise says the Ginny doll was so popular, that the "Big 4" pattern companies had patterns for her.

Louise points out that if you examine the doll's purchased garments, they had hand-sewn snaps and buttons and 1-inch zippers! There are also few Madame Alexander dolls (you weren't allowed to play with them) and a Muffy doll (a Ginny knock-off) and Jill, Ginny's big sister. Jill is a much more realistic version of a teenager than Barbie, Louise says. All of her dolls are collector's items. 

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Another view of the dolls Louise has collected.

Louise Cutting's sewing room  

Most of the dolls were Louise's from childhood, but she ran across additional ones over the years. Now antiques shops and collectors know what they have and Ginny dolls are priced accordingly, as well as their garments, especially if the doll and/or the garments are still in boxes.

Above some of Louise's cabinets, tiny shopping bags keep the corner colorful.

Louise Cutting's sewing room   All are from high-end shops around the world. Louise took several classes in college dealing with packaging. "Many of the bags are so eye-catching, I couldn't throw them away, or so beautifully constructed that they are like little works of art," Louise says.

 

Louise Cutting's sewing room  

"Like everyone else, I get tons of catalogs," Louise says. "You never know when the sewing theme will crop up." These oversized wooden scissors were from the Ballard Designs catalog.

Jumbo pencils hang over a framed fashion illustration Louise created for the packet cover of one of her Cutting Line patterns. "No matter what catalog comes to the door, I always look through it," Louise says. "The pencils were in a Pottery Barn Kids catalog on clearance! You could have them monogrammed with your child's name on them, and they came in the three primary colors. My three 'children' were Cutting...Line...Designs," Louise says. "I'm sure someone at Pottery Barn was scratching their heads at that one!"

Louise Cutting's sewing room   All of Louise's hand-drawn pattern illustrations are framed and hung on the doors of the cabinets in the sewing room. Extras are along the hall wall outside of the room, and now Louise is running out of space!

Do you have a sewing room or dedicated area? What are some of your favorite design or decor pieces found in your sewing space? What would your dream sewing room look like?

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