If you have something but can’t find it, do you really have it? –Lilo Bowman
Love Your Creative Space, by Lino Bowman, turned out to be the perfect book at the perfect time for me.. When I read the sentence quoted above, it struck a nerve!
Here’s my stash of backing fabric before:
I’m pretty sure some of that fabric hadn’t been touched in several years because I couldn’t see it and therefore didn’t know it was there.
And here’s the after:Fabrics are rolled so I can see and pull them out easily, and they are tagged with the size! Woo!
Lilo’s book is about both studio design and organization. I loved every part of it, but here are some favorites:
There are ideas on organization and storage for many types of creative supplies, not just quilting things. She has many photos from real studios to give the reader ideas.
Some of the studio photos look to me like they were done by a decorator, which I am not! And some were very realistic-looking in my opinion!
The book also addresses ergonomic studio design, including sewing machine set-up, which I found especially helpful.
.In addition to studio ideas for “most people”, Lilo discusses adaptations that many of us will need as we age, or simply as a result of our physical limitations. There is one especially nice chapter on how one woman adapted to being partially paralyzed after a stroke.
This is not just a book for quilters, though I found it very helpful in my quilting studio. There is an emphasis on making the creative space attractive “without breaking the bank”, as the subtitle says. You can learn more about the book here.
Note: C&T sends me lots of books and I review my favorites so you don’t have to hunt around to find the best books. Of course, “best” is my personal opinion 😀
Thanks for the book review. I’d never thought of rolling the backings stash. Hmmm…..
The book didn’t actually show rolled backings, but I did get a lot of good ideas from it 🙂
I am reading that book from my local library, through the Hoopla app! It is really good — I like how she takes you through the steps of figuring out how best to arrange your equipment in the space you have available. I have been making some changes in my sewing room from her suggestions.
Yes, this book is one of the best I’ve read this year. Probably because this has been a good year for fixing things up at home.
Sounds like a good book… but best of all, I like the tip for seeing and labeling quilt backings! Though, I don’t keep backing fabrics, as you do, I have done something similar with leftover batting pieces. I rolled and wrapped pieces with rubber bands, and tucked under the band a piece of paper with the batting type and dimensions written on it. It’s proven very helpful. I’m glad for you to get to review some good books!
Yes, I rearranged the batting, too 🙂
Thank you so much for recommending this book! I have small fiber neuropathy which makes quilting very difficult due to pain and weakness, but I refuse to give up my favorite hobby. I need ideas on how I can best arrange my space to work for me. Right now it’s a disaster because I don’t have the energy to sort it all and then no place to really put it once it’s sorted. Oh, and my sewing room is also my bedroom. Aaahh! Drives me crazy! Sounds like this book might offer some good suggestions. Thank you!!
I certainly got some good ideas from it. Good luck with organizing your space 🙂
Looks like a very useful book for lots of reasons….. 🙂
Just the motivation to organize a little was a good start 🙃
…and just in time for you setting up your new space…
I like that it has ‘special needs’ suggestions, too.
Yep, it’s been handy for several reasons 🙂
Hmmm. I don’t usually expect realistic help from studio books, but this one sounds different.
And another reader got it from her library, so maybe you can, too.
Here’s wishing you a dream studio in your new home. Thanks for the review and the tips. That opening quotation also struck me — but I believe it is a philosophical (rather than a practical) question !!
Haha. A philosophical question for sure. Paraphrased as “Why is your studio a mess?” In my case 🙂
Thanks for the review, I had that book on my radar if I could justify anymore craft related books – ha! Congratulations on being so industrious with your fabric and doing all that sorting and tagging!
As you see, I found the book motivating and therefore justifiable 😎
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