Especially when I see how other people do it (normally the Americans, it has to be said), there are times that I would really like a separate room that I could label my “craft room”. Somewhere where I could have all my stash out, available to see and access quickly. Somewhere where my sewing machine and ironing board could be out at all times. A room with enough space and light for me to stitch or sew, draw or paint to my heart’s content. Somewhere to place my computer with access to the internet to allow me to get inspiration where I needed it, and post my thoughts to the world, perhaps designing my own corner of the world. A couple of shelves on which to store my crafting books and magazines.
However, in reality, I don’t have a Craft Room or the space to create one. I have a spare bedroom with a rigid double bed (that can’t be folded away at a moment’s notice). I have stash hidden away in multiple boxes in multiple rooms. I can’t remember the last time I saw it all together in one place – and would probably be horrified if I did!
The sewing machine is still in the box it came in, hidden in the airing cupboard and brought out as and when needed. It is used on the dining table, always with the fervent hope that it (both the machine and the table) is clean!
Hand sewing is done in my sitting room, either on the settee under the large window – natural light being so useful and wonderful – or on my oversized chair under the daylight simulation lamp.
The ironing board has to be stashed away with the sewing machine, which is going to be a challenge as and when I do quilt. The books are on the top of the bookshelf, needing the stepladder if I want to get them down. The magazines are spread across the flat, on coffee tables and hiding in cupboards
How do you store your stash? Where do you do your crafting?