Sunday, April 22, 2012

Sundays Sewing Space - Hadley from Flying Blind on a Rocket Cycle

Im back (got to get this internet thing sorted, im writing this from an internet cafe) and this week I have the lovely Hadley from Flying Blind on a Rocket Cycle, if you havent met Hadley then you should head on over and say hi, she really is lovely, very friendly, always has a kind word to say and makes beautiful things

Hadley took some persuading to show us her space but I think you will agree she has done a great job of making the most of what she has. I have so far always had to make do with sharing my sewing space with the rest of the family (in our last house I spread my stuff between the dining room and sitting room) and I was never as neat and organised as Hadley is.

Lets have a looksee


Where is your Sewing Space?

Now this is not meant to be a sob story, I am so jealous of all the Sewing Spaces that have come before me, but I don't have a proper space, just the dining table in the conservatory and one low wall with all my sewing paraphernalia.


What 3 words do you feel best describes it?
Meagre, Wanting, Mine-between-meals!

What are your most important things in there?
My Denyse Schmidt FQs and yardage!  Shallow, but most other things would be easily replaced by our insurance!


How is the room laid out? (machine, cutting table ironing board etc)
Um, it's either 'out' or put away; actually there's usually a pile of current stuff, and everything else is tidy(ish).  I have just started using small baskets for current projects to cut down on the searching-about time.  Well, the ironing board is kept in the garage, although I picked up one of those little sleeve ones at a charity shop and that is really handy.  Cutting table?  Are you joking!?

What sort of sewing machine do you have and how do you feel about it?
I had a real basic Brother from Argos that I bought years ago, but my husband bought me a Janome QXL605 last June for my birthday and I love it!  It has all the gadgets like 'needle up/down', thread cutter and things my old machine hadn't even heard of like a walking foot and a million (60) stitches!  It is brilliant for what I need it for, and does loads that I haven't tried yet.


Do you have anything in the room for inspiration?
Basically no - as it's a glass conservatory on 3 sides and an opening to the kitchen on the fourth there is no wall space, I do have a Martha Stewart calendar and usually a mini quilt or my current project hooked on the blinds to one side - So the rest is in my head, on my MacBook or from my books and magazines that are all over the rest of the house.



Where do you keep your fabric stash and how do you organise it?
My wonderful IKEA unit houses all my prized fabrics and scrap bin; the rest are in a couple of other plastic tubs.  I keep new purchases together, solids in one bin and things I've pulled for specific projects in another.  The rest of the drawers have thread, buttons, scissors and other crafty bits.  'Organised' is a bit of a strong word, but I know where things are, usually.

Do you have any top tips to do with work spaces? 
Try to keep it tidy!  I love it when I do; I cope for a little while when its starting to look like mayhem, then I have to stop and get it all in order before I lose the plot!  I like knowing exactly where everything is - I don't have the time or energy to be rooting about; my sewing time is so limited it would be non-existent if I had to search out all the things I needed.  Also, seeing as it is the place we eat everyday, my sewing time is worked round mealtimes!  I also have to keep it relatively nice looking, otherwise I wouldn't have a leg to stand on making demands on the kids to tidy up their toys!



 What would your ideal workspace look like/be?
It would be a room, with a door!  Anything over and above that would be idyllic!  We have a cabin at the end of the garden which is currently used as a shed - I would love to convert this; but then I would probably get paranoid about leaks or fabric thieves in the night.  My top priority would be a design wall.  I have to make do with quickly spreading things on the lounge floor, taking a photo or two, and then packing up again before the 'young assistants' try to get in on the act.  Not ideal.



Thanks Hadley, I for one think you have a great space, and you have done a much better job at sharing your space than I ever did. Thanks so much for sharing x (I do adore your sewing machine mini quilt)

22 comments:

Laura @ Needles, Pins and Baking Tins said...

Great post Had! Thanks for showing us round!

Flying Blind... said...

I can see my house from here!
Thank you for having me xxx

susan said...

I'm impressed. I make my kids eat off the coffee table when I can't be bothered to move all my stuff off the dining room table. Thanks for the quick tour round your space Hads!

Katy Cameron said...

Hee hee, love the interfering 'young assistants'

Sarah @ FairyFace Designs said...

So nice to see inside your space and realise that I am not the only one who works at the dinner table between meals!

Nicky said...

All I need is a pic of the outside and I'm round to catch you sewing!

Great use of space Hadley - I have a sewing room and am so untidy during a project..

Di said...

A woman after my own heart - neat and tidy. I like the Ikea units (great idea).

mammafairy said...

The ikea unit looks brilliant. My family put up with 'stuff' all over the house!

Toni said...

I'm quite impressed with the organization! And you wouldn't know her sewing space and time is so limited as Hadley is so productive about cranking out such beautiful things!

Quilter in the Gap said...

Very nice Hadders. Glad to see you keep me (the mac) close so that when I randomly decide to speak to you I am there. Lol BTW I think my errr your cabin would make a lovely sewing space.

Catherine said...

great to have a nose around - glad to see that I am not the only one who sews in the conservatory!

Isisjem said...

Great to see Hadley's lovely space. I can now picture her in there making all those lovely things she's does.

Sarah said...

Gah!! Its spotless... and you have 3 kids... :-P thats all I can say... lol Thanks for sharing :-)

Judith, Belfast said...

Make 'em eat in the garden I say! Jxo

Annabella said...

Just laughing at Susan`s comment as that`s exactly what I do. Great post and fun having a snoop round Hadley`s.

kathy said...

haha, I have my own room - well - actually it's more like two & a half rooms. I used to sew in our large-ish walk-in closet - great when little helpers were running amuck. Now that hey are gone, I have expanded into their previous space. Actually - keeping it out in the open keeps you neater. Don't dis your common space too easily.

Live a Colorful Life said...

What a wonderful peek into what you do what you do--which is fabulous.

And you made me laugh throughout the whole post.

Archie the wonder dog said...

I love this peek into your world and I love your 'between meals' sewing room!

sweet diesel designs said...

Thanks for sharing your space Hadley!!

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

Great post! Love how Hadley has organised her space and good job she doesn't keep her fabric in the shed I would totally be a fabric thief!!

Leanne said...

Such a lovely conservatory, it is nice that you manage to make room to sew in it, all that lovely light.

Diary of a Flutter.Kat said...

Lovely and organised space! In regards to the design wall- have you seen the transportable.ones people do that are basically a huge pinboard like substance covered in fleece or flannel? That could maybe be an option. Otherwise what about hanging a sheet on hooks like you have your calendar. Then you could take it all down and fold it up when you needed to.