We currently live in about a 1500 square foot, pretty old, concrete house. –Living in Okinawa, Japan, our homes have to be able to withstand typhoons and earthquakes. – Our living room/dining room is open concept, which helps make the space feel bigger. Plus, we have a one year old and four year old who need space to run around, so staying out in the open made the most logical sense. My studio is out in our main family space, right by a large window. For the short amounts of time for which my one year old is occupied nearby with her toys, I can be in my space and create.
My space now, which includes a standing height cutting table and sewing table are by our front window. Also being a wall of nearly entire windows, it allows for ample sunshine and a view outside. I love it! The downside is that it’s near our dining table and I have to make sure it’s all picked up if I know company is coming over. But my husband pointed out that moving it to other side of the room took away all my natural light and he didn’t mind where it was at all. As for what I would call me “creative disarray” when I haven’t kept my cutting table top tidy, he doesn’t ever complain. He’s so good to me! ❤️
Anyway, part of my New Years resolution was to be better about posting. I only posted about three times last year, and non of which were of my own work. I do hope the picture tutorials are helpful, though! Anyway, it’s February and this will be my first post of the year. I debated what to post about first. I’ve made a few dolls since January 1st but either forgot to take pictures during the process or I thought to write an article after I had already posted pictures on social media. So, I’m going to kick off the year with a simple but important personal project.
I have a cutting table I was lucky enough to purchase off a quilter before she moved off island. It’s white and has cubbies on either side. I use the large empty space underneath for additional supply and fabric storage. The problem is that it’s open and you can see the disorganization. I want it to look attractive when I clean up and we have company. Or just to look a little more organized. – I’ll eventually share pictures of my studio corner, I promise. – Anyway, I decided to make a table skirt for the front part. So I went and purchased some cream canvas today.
And then I thought how I could make it more “me” and add to the overall decor of our home. So, I dug out my bags of vintage Japanese hand dyed and hand woven cotton fabrics. I have them divided into categories… Rich and faded indigo solids, small dotted woven, striped, “southwestern” looking pieces with turquoises and such, and larger plaid pieces. I realize this probably doesn’t make sense to some but it works for me.
I’ve decided to cut some stripes and hand sew them onto the canvas in the traditional boro style. Boro, in Japanese, means rags. Back in the day, farmers and other people people without much money used to mend clothing and futon covers by hand stitching on a patch of repurposed fabric. Years and years of mending make for layers upon layers of these beautiful pieces. By adding this fun little personal touch, it’ll add both art and functionality to my table skirt. Not to mention that I’ll use a little of the fabrics I’ve collected and admire so much and keep them for myself. I buy textiles that I’d love for myself but I rarely ever actually keep them.
I’m really excited to tie in my studio space to the rest of our home and make it look a little less awkwardly placed. I’ll post when I’m all done and give you a glimpse of my actual space!