If you have a piece of fabric, it's possible to get a lot of sewing done with just a needle, thread, and a small sharp scissors. That being said, it is remarkable how many notions, gadgets, book, fabric, and patterns that I own in addition to those three items.
|Helpful and cheerful!|
I don't apologize for any of it. These supplies are the tools of my trade, and while I occasionally divest myself of the fabrics and books that no longer hold my interest, in general I am more concerned with keeping my studio functioning, inspiring–and a happy place to work.
Having a system helps. Mine involves a heavy dependence on wire-grid drawers. The ironing drawer holds press cloths, iron cleaner, and a little mini-iron that's easy to pack for workshops. The cutting drawer holds scissors, rotary cutters, extra blades, and a handful of seam rippers. And on and on. (And on and on!)
While these drawers are efficient, my two favorite organizational tools are effective and delightful. I keep this Smiley Face Mug from my high school years on the window sill behind my sewing machine to collect the marking tools, bodkins, seam gauges, and everything else that seems to accumulate on my sewing table. And on my ironing table is Little Hen–a cheerful helper I picked up at a flea market years and years ago.
Stitching, smiling, and sentimental. Works for me.
|Necessary and joyful!|
What do you use to keep the joy in your sewing space? Let us know at SewDaily.com.