I’m up in my cabin all day today, I thoroughly enjoy ‘my space’, and I know I am a very lucky girl to have such a great space to play err I mean WORK in! The views from here are great and I have been known to take my sewing machine outside and set up at the picnic table on the deck on the occasions we have hot dry days (not very often!!)
My mum and dad live on a hill farm, and some years ago built a small wooden cabin along the lines of a static caravan. It was let out to holiday makers for a couple of years before dad became ill and mum couldn’t manage the turnarounds any longer. About three years ago at Christmas I asked if I could use it to make Christmas presents and cards in as there wasn’t really anywhere suitable at home. And, well, I haven’t really ever moved out! It’s now a formal arrangement and I pay rent, which works for both sets of businesses. So my workshop/studio consists of two bedrooms, sitting room, shower room/loo and galley kitchen! One of the bedrooms is now my sewing room and it’s where I keep all the smaller haberdashery items I use. The sitting room is mostly taken over by boxes and bags of fabric and baskets of wool. You’re more likely to find felt making or painting and printing equipment in the kitchen cabinets than food, and the shower cubicle currently houses the vacuum cleaner, and my wedding dress! (Don’t ask, long story!) The bed which I do occasionally use when I have had late nights or when B (my husb) has been away and Rosie & I retreat to the cabin for a night. Only at the moment it is covered in my vintage blanket collection and there isn’t any room for me, Rosie likes it though!
Today I’m getting ready for the next couple of weeks of the Sew Upcycle course at the Community Centre in Lochgilphead. This week we’re making hanging storage pockets from a shirt, a piece of blanket and some sheet, and next week it’ll be slippers from jumpers or blankets. But I can’t help having a wee think about the up coming Christmas course….. Sew Christmassy! It’s all in the name. I LOVE Christmastime, the candles, the lights, the smells, the dark nights, the ‘hygge’ness* of it all, and, in my case, the makings. I make mincemeat, and the Christmas cake, cards & presents, and the contents of four advent calendars for some very special people. This year I’m also making the samples and examples for the sewing course which starts in November. I know that’s a wee while away yet and there is still the lovely autumn-ness of the rest of September & October to get through.
Doing a project with felt leaves and making pumpkins with the Junior Needlesmiths; snuggly slippers & a cosy tweed scarf with the adults; & I’m really looking forward to a ‘Sew New’ Saturday learning how to crochet with Jude Hubble. My first visiting tutor to the Barn.
Sew, I’d better get on, fabric doesn’t sew it’self!
PS *Hygge' the Danish word for more than cosy. Currently very in vogue but something I naturally do at this time of year, it just has a word now! More on this another time.
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