Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Getting Ready

I will be hosting a class with Marilyn Halcomb in my studio which meant I had to get my guest room done and clean my studio. Well--Hoooray! finished both with time to spare. Here are pics of the guest room. It's color is Smokey Grape. This was son #2s room and was originally black and white. My MIL will be moving in and this is going to be her room then.
All the wicker and lingerie chest is from my single days. I love the chest. It is all hand painted.
Entertainment center is all that remains of my son's decor. Now it has dolls and other artwork in it. I really like how this turned out. Hope my guests do too!
Now to the studio. This is the back wall. To the left is my sewing machine, to the right is a sofa bed which right now has my son's fouton on it. And of course, Diamond is testing out the arrangement. The large bin has beads, the smaller ones enbroidery threads, ribbons, tools, and better quilt cottons (read metallics).
My work table. On the wall behind is all some of my overdyed threads hanging up. Also a bucket o'heads, a pot lid rack to hold my rulers, a small drawer thing to hold my beading thread and odds and ends. My basket collection is on the top of the cabinets which are full of fabric and needlework supplies.
This wall is opposite the cabinets. The large table is an antique from an architect firm that used to be in Red Bank, NJ. The area by the sliding doors in the right of the pic is where I take all my pics set on a dresser with more fabric. More bins with fabrics and laces. The TV is on a table infront of book shelves.
Ribbon storage racks for ribbons not used in embroidery and another view of my bucket o'heads.
Sewing machine corner with thread racks and more ribbon racks. I used to have an area rug in here, but it was a pin and thread collector so I took it out. You can see how the floor color changed probably from the sun--the room has 4 large skylights.
I am also getting ready for the class Marilyn is going to teach and a class with Patti Culea in June--that's why my table is cluttered. Since my cleaning is 99.9% done, I decided it was time to treat myself so I tried some experimenting. Below is a face made from the pattern for Patti's class. I decided to try a cloth over cloth so you don't see the center seam. Not sure if I used the correct glue (Sobo) because now the color sits on top of the fabric. Also, I had a problem with pleating around the outside edges so I just cut the fabric off at the original seam that runs around the head. I used a non-stretch cotton and placed it on the bias down the center of the face. I do like how it came out though you can still see the seam on the forehead but that will be covered by hair probably as will the edges. Now I need to make another head for class--just sewed and stuffed.


Katie Greenwood said...

What a pretty guest room...what a great studio...what a lovely doll face! :)

I especially like the pot lid rack for rulers. How cool. I just bought two pot lid racks at Ikea in hopes I can use them in my new kitchen. Now I think I'll save one for the studio!

Allison Ann Aller said...

This is a total treat to see, Stephanie. Your studio is incredible! Between yours and Pat Winter's, I can see I have some organizing to do.
What a lucky MIL you have, too...;-)
I hope you will share pictures from those classes when they happen...

Clothmatters said...

Beautiful studio Stephanie. I also like the face on your current project. Well done.

Andréa Cunha said...

So lovely studio! When I grow up, I want one like that. The way you storage your things is very nice. Here, I never find what I need hahaha.
Your dolls are very special and I love your work.