So, here is the new home of pikelet workshop.
I found a lovely, shiny desk lamp yesterday but still need to gather some good storage pieces. The crazy bubble-thing on the left is an iPod dock. We originally bought it for Poppet's bedroom but have since stolen it for the living room as the sound is actually pretty good.
On the other side of the room is my trusty Expedit bookcase from Ikea. These marvels of storage have lived in almost every home we've owned. Husband certainly doesn't need the instruction manual anymore!
As you can see, it's starting to fill up nicely with crafty goodness after my trip to the store yesterday.
But the most important addition to the space is, naturally, the sewing machine.
I bought a fairly cheap machine, but it's a Bernina so you still get all that Swiss accuracy and a good, solid motor. Really, I hardly ever use anything but a straight stitch or a zigzag so I really can't justify purchasing a machine which can think for me. Yet.
I like Bernie. She's nice. Her flowers make me smile. But I don't want her to scratch my new desk top so I thought I'd make a mat to sit her on.
Previously, I've always used an old hand towel for this purpose, but I don't have any old towels (only new ones) so it was a great excuse to give Bernie a test run and crack open the new scissors and other toys I've gathered.
This fabric traveled with me in a suitcase from Oz. I decided on something flowery and colourful to keep me motivated, and chose a lovely blended wool felt for the backing. This stripey ribbon had to get a piece of the action too.
After cutting the pieces to size, leaving plenty of room around the base of the machine to hold the scissors and pins too, I decided to anchor it all together with the ribbon to give it a quilted look. You can just see the bandaid on my thumb, obviously I've forgotten how sharp those rotary cutters are. Don't worry, I didn't bleed all over that nice fabric.
A combination of sheer laziness and the NEED to try out my new pinking shears, meant I opted for a trimmed edge rather than making bias binding. Hey, it's only a little mat, it shouldn't take hours! For fun, I used yellow thread on the underside. Why not?!
So, here it is. Rough around the edges in a nice way, and soft on the back to protect that desk.
Bernie loves her new home and a comfy place to rest her tushie. Yet, something was missing...
So I whipped up a dust cover to match. Happy times. And now I've figured out how to use her and have given her a place to roost, Bernie will be soon be working hard to create some poppets for you all. Are you excited?
There was just enough time left before school pickup to put my newly shod feet up and 'chillax', as they say around these parts.
It feels great to be stitching again, I've already got some cushions in mind. But I might have a play with that new stuffing I bought first. Stay tuned...