I spend most of my time in my studio. It's a tiny space, but it's full of things that make me happy, even when it's as messy as it is right now.
I've shown pictures of it before, but mostly when it's organised and tidy. Because it's such a small space, I do try and keep it as sorted as possible, so that I can work effectively without constantly having to move things around. And after every show or workshop I give it a proper tidy and clear out.
The top picture is work ready to be sent to a stockist, along with fabrics that I'm using at the moment. I always end up with huge piles of fabric, balancing on the end of my ironing board. And invariably it ends up toppling over many, many times before I finally put it away or use it up.
I keep the majority of my fabric in three glass fronted cupboards that run along one wall of the studio. I stack all my quilters cottons and shirtings by colour and then stack all my Liberty lawns together, and my jerseys, flannels and solids all together.
A few times a year I sort through the cupboards and take out prints that I haven't used for a couple of years, or just don't like anymore and either give it away or (and this is much more likely) pack it away and store it in the attic. The sorting of cupboards is usually accompanied by me saying over and over again that my room is too small and it. will. not. all. fit. in!
When I was mainly quilting or making cushions, I rarely prewashed my fabrics, because I always wash and tumble dry a finished quilt and like it to shrink slightly to give it that lovely wrinkled look. But now that I mainly make clothes, I always prewash and tumble dry everything, including all my linen. This not only helps wash out any sizing, making the fabrics softer, but also preshrinks the fabric, so that I can be confident that when I make a size 2-3 years, it will stay a size 2-3 years (if cared for properly). I always have high hopes of pressing the fabric before I put it away, but rarely actually do it, so it tends to sit on my ironing board (which is permanently up) in a pile until I get round to folding it and putting it away unironed.
I keep new fabrics on the end of my ironing board, partly because I can never find any room to put them away without a major jiggle of my existing collection, and partly because I (and I'm suitably ashamed of this) often forget what I have unless I keep it on view.
I'm terrible for letting my desk get out of control and often end up losing important documents, fabrics, scissors, pins and patterns under the piles of fabric scraps, notebooks and unfinished work that is frequently strewn across it. But I love the fact that I can manage to fit everything on to a 1.5 x 1 metre table. If I had more space, I swear I would just end up making more mess!
It's hard to show how small the room is and how much I manage to fit in (mainly due to the wonder of Ikea!) in these images, but I love how cocooned I feel in here. This is the room that I heard the news about Mum, and this is the room I return to day after day, to relax in as well as work in. It's also the room that both my girls come, to sit on the floor and draw pictures or 'design' quilts, or to steal my chair and watch the Simpsons when they think I'm not looking.
This is very much my space, and I'm very lucky to have somewhere that I don't have to share, that is full (too full) of things that make me happy.
If you have shared pictures of your studio, please leave a link so that I can see that I'm not the only messy worker out there! I'll even look if your studio is tidy, but I'll tut while doing it!