Well hello there! With Christmas looming and the holiday season upon us, I thought I would take a step sideways and show you behind the scenes of my workspace – the
two pretty poppets Andrie Designs ‘headquarters’, where all the ‘magic’ happens, my sewing room etc., etc… LOL! 🙂
While my workspace certainly isn’t as big as I would like it, and yes I’m quickly outgrowing it, I make it work as best I can, even if that means I have to have my steam press set up in the next room – which happens to be my husbands bar room! Mwahaha! I’m sure many of us have a wish list of things we would love to have, or change, about our workspace (I know I do!), however until that magic day comes, this is my little abode… Enjoy!
First up is my cutting table where I spend a LOT of my time working on new designs. It’s actually a recycled kitchen cupboard from when we remodelled our kitchen several years ago, with a custom fit bench top screwed on to the top of it! I set it up to be the perfect height for me as I prefer to stand and cut, rather than sit.
Next to that I have a small shelving unit that holds my tools pouch etc, my workbooks, scrap fabric and of course the bottom shelf is full of my two pretty poppets’ fabric and ‘sewing box’ haha.
I also have a pin board above my cutting table which I pin lots of pretty ‘stuff’ on – for no reason other than to admire it! Notes from colleagues and customers, little trinkets and special ‘bits’ from different events… I think it helps add character to my workspace in a funny little way.
Next to my cutting table is my pressing station. This again is a handmade surface – a piece of ply wood covered with a couple of layers of cotton batting and a beautiful teal-coloured layer of cotton duck fabric. This is screwed onto the top of a flat pack set of wardrobe drawers (thanks Bunnings!) and works beautifully – especially for all those larger pieces when making tote bags etc!
I also have my zipper swatches displayed here as eye candy for when I’m pressing. These are from the lovely Jodi who runs the Australian Zip Coop on Facebook (you can find the group here). I also have my gorgeous piece of Kelly Lane artwork as well – “Believe you can and you will”. I love it!
Around to the left of my pressing station, on the other side of the doorway, is my sewing table where my two Bernina’s are set up – a B350 I saved up for and purchased myself, and an 1120 which my darling mum gifted to me (and what I learnt to sew on ‘back in the day’!). This is one area I would love to have a bit bigger as it can be a little bit of a squish having the two machines on the one table, however I make it work… for now… Both are dressed in custom fit sewing machine covers, and of course they had to be coordinating and all matchy matchy! 🙂
To the right of the table is where I store my cutting rules and rotary cutters, as well as my backdrops (rolled on a 2″ stainless pipe thanks to my husband).
To the left of my sewing table is my floor to ceiling shelving (again, thanks Bunnings!) which houses most of my other ‘stuff’ such as my zippers, hardware, threads, notions, patterns/paper work, random bits and bobs etc. I’ll be showing you some of this in a bit more detail later on…
I also have a set of drawers loaded with other stuff such as my leather scraps, my small rolls of cork, more paper work etc etc.
And that’s it! That is where I work and happily spend my time working on goodies for you all to enjoy! 🙂 Keep an eye out next time for a post all about something a little more exciting… my FABRIC STASH!!!!
Feel free to leave a comment or ask a question below, otherwise I’ll see you next time!
Happy sewing! Lisa x