“Every woman needs a space of her own” -V. Wolfe. or I want a bigger studio.

As I mentioned I’m going to do a couple of posts, that will feature suggestions to maximize space and make efficient use of what is  available to us. 

The post that triggered the idea for the series, “My Dining Room Studio, No

Room? Re-purpose!”


The idea was triggered by an earlier post in which I bemoaned my small studio. It occurred to me that this might be of interest to other people too. After all, who wouldn’t enjoy a solution to a child’s bedroom clutter? How about a spot for doing homework? Or a usable corner of your kitchen for a computer/home office area?

 Maybe what you’d really is a space that’s all your own, to craft, sew, think, read or write. Didn’t Virginia Wolfe say “every woman needs a space of her own” ? Or was that room?

I’ll share mine, you share yours.

As a jumping off point, I’ll share some of the things we tried, in an attempt to carve out more space in my initial

studio. I’ll do a little research for any clever ones I can find from other sources.. At the very least, this might

trigger some of your own good ideas,  which I hope you’ll share. If I get them, I’ll include them, giving you the

credit naturally. If I get enough of a response, I’ll devote an entire post to reader’s suggestions, which I think

would be really fun.  Put on your thinking caps and help us all! Initially,

I’ll be focusing on sewing rooms , craft rooms, those sorts of rooms. But you could find applications for some of

the ideas in other areas as well. For example, I thought how similar the needs would be in a child’s room,

wouldn’t it? Getting control over clutter, the toys  and books scattered about their room. They need a place to

go and it can help the child to know where that is.

A few quick ideas to start.

Here’s a few quick ideas. It’s rather obvious if you can’t find space in a room, go up. Use those walls to

add extra storage and simplify your life.

You may find that certain tasks are less distasteful, if they take less time with everything is ready to go

when you are. You don’t have to waste time and energy assembling supplies, searching and gathering all the

tools you’ll need.

With all the effort needed to just set things up before you can even begin to work. It’s less than motivating to

get started. I know a few friends who have no space at all, it is a big production to pull everything out, set it up

on the dining room table then put it all away again when they’re done for the day.

There are lots of hanging storage bags made by several big craft companies. They have lots of pockets to hold

supplies. You could use all kinds of things, shoe bag hangers, jewelry storage bags [TJ Maxx great source].

Anyway to keep things together and in reach. Here’s a link with some great

New Sewing Area!
New Sewing Area! (Photo credit: QueenieVonSugarpants)


I have seen the perfect solution. There are craft or sewing armories. You open the two doors and there you are

facing a little desk height shelf with your sewing machine on it. Above and beneath are shelving. The insides of

both doors have been outfitted with clever little racks, shelves and places to store your supplies. Ingenious.

You could use the idea to make your own, with an old used armorie, you see them at old used furniture shops all

the time. If you have someone with a bit of carpentry skills, yourself or someone who’s willing to help you, it

could be done. I didn’t want to copy photos I found on the web, a no no, but you could easily find them to get an

inspiration and ideas.  Try Pinterest under storage or organization, I’ve seen them there too.

One of the 3 shelves holding fabric. This one is being organised, a loty of fabric waiting to go home..An obvious solution, shelves. I have 2 half walls, a floor to ceiling cubby cube next to this and one full floor to

ceiling wall of shelving. I’m attempting to reorganize the fabric, starting with this one. So a lot is strewn about

on nearby cutting table and spilling all over. I’m going for color gradients. These are solids, marbled & batiks. I’ll

get there. Photos are motivating and embarrassing, that’s kicking me right into action.

See Ya! Barb

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About Myself & My Approach Art has always played a role in my life, in one form or another. by my teens I had narrowed my focus to painting. I decided I was going to become a serious painter. I joined the Las Vegas Artist's Guild at 15, the youngest member at that time. I was completely out of place, I tried to go unnoticed, a mute fly on the wall, with a big smile pasted on my face. I've continued to paint most of my life. After a move to Oregon years later, I was introduced to quilting and fell in love. I was introduced to quilting & fell in love. In time I missed the creative freedom painting made possible. Then I discovered mixed media fiber art, I was home. MY APPROACH TO ART It's the creative process that holds the greatest attraction for me. Starting with a tiny seed of an idea; vague and blurred around the edges, I follow where that leads. There are often many changes and adjustments along the way. The result can often be surprizing. My approach is an instinctual one. Generally, I do little pre-planning. I make creative decisions, choices, directions as they present themselves. This approach can lead to quite a few changes in the direction. I love that element of surprize! Sometimes I have one that I especially like, I can't wait to show someone. At that moment l feel like a six year old, running home from school, a drawing in hand, excited to show Mom. At those times. I'm smiling like the Cheshire cat. I’ve had some of my work published in several magazines. which is exciting. But the most gratifying thing is having clients be really happy with their purchased art quilt. Word press https://barbaraharmsfiberart.com Etsy shop-sales https://barbaraharms.com Contact: inquiry barbaraharmsfiberart@icloud.com.com Personal Links

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