Ruth Ciemnoczolowski’s Sewing Room
Ruth Ciemnoczolowski showed us in Threads #176 (Dec. 2014/ Jan. 2015) that organization comes in all sizes and style. Ruth’s organizational methods are unique and ideal for the way she works. She especially loves to fill her Omaha, Nebraska, studio with inexpensive furniture and storage units so she can put her hard-earned money toward high-quality fabrics and supplies. Take a look at more pictures from Ruth’s studio below.
Take a look at more sewing studios and spaces:
• An Inside Look at Mary Ray’s Sewing Studio
• Inside Louise Cutting’s Sewing Room
• Another Look at Kenneth D. King’s Sewing Space
• Helen Haughey’s Favorite Tools and Storage Solutions
Ruth’s sewing room is full of personality.More importantly, there’s plenty of space for her patternwork and cutting.
This 3-foot-by-6-foot whiteboard display helps Ruth keep track of important dates, projects, and shopping lists. She used three whiteboards from a home discount store, narrow black tape, stick-on letters, and duct tape printed with tape measure markings to create this great organization tool.
Ruth found this dollhouse at a garage sale and emptied the rooms. She now uses the compartments to organize nonsewing materials, such as office supplies, stain removers, lint rollers, and spray starch. Where might one find the copy paper, you ask? In the living room.
This breakfront cabinet cost $20 at a thrift store. It was structurally sound but somewhat scratched when Ruth bought it, so she glued beads, buttons, and scrapbook borders to it to hide the flaws. She then sealed it with decoupage glue for extra strength.
A close-up of Ruth’s decorated cabinet.
Since Ruth saves a fortune on organization, she doesn’t feel guilty about spending money on precious fabrics and notions. This lovely button, for instance, cost $100. It is made with sterling silver and rhinestones, and is supposedly from the 19th century. Until she finds a use for it, Ruth has it framed on the back of her door.
Ruth turned this abandoned metal sewing machine stand she found into a table by placing a slab of marble on top. Now, it holds rulers, cutting supplies, and a large jar with hole punches, screwdrivers, and other tools.
This ironing board (left) is 90 years old and belonged to Ruth’s grandmother. Originally, it was a big piece of poplar wood without legs for which Ruth’s husband built a support. Ruth then padded it with wool blanket material and covered it with canvas.
This jean jacket is covered with rhinestone buttons and jewelry. It has always been Ruth’s favorite garment. In fact, she wore it over a dress to her wedding. Ruth found an old frame, painted it silver, and hung the jacket above her cutting table so it is always on display.
Forty-eight-pocket plastic shoe organizers are the easiest way for Ruth to store thread. She simply tosses the spool or cone into the correct color pocket, and she’s done.
What thrift-store finds or fabulous deals have you found to help organize your sewing room? Have you had to do any work to make them over? Which one of Ruth’s organization solutions is your favorite? Please share your comments below!
Ruth always makes room for her cat, Joey, in her sewing room.
Ruth has unique storage ideas, such as this dollhouse, which she uses as an organizer.
Another view of Ruth's studio displays her many fabric-covered storage cubes.