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AnaK
04-30-2007, 07:31 PM
This weekend I got new cabinet for my yarn. It is good size and I was hoping all would fit in it. Well it doesn't :pout: .
As it is I have knitting suplies in the LL, FR, MB and Basement.
I would love room of my own devoted just to my crafts :X: :drool:

I was wondering what others do and where do you keep your yarn?

Ingrid
04-30-2007, 07:38 PM
My yarn is like having a gorilla. Where does he sleep? Anywhere he wants!! :teehee:

I mostly keep it in my bedroom on the side of the bed in collapsable hampers, but there are also laundry bags in the closet, bins up on a shelf, a chestful in the diningroom and a few baskets in the living room. :shrug: So basically my house is my craft room.

dustinac
04-30-2007, 07:46 PM
I would love my own room too.. all set up with tables and chairs and everything organized... :teehee:

Right now I have one container in the computer room.. has 3 pull out drawers.. and one closet in the computer room is stacked full of knitting books/scraps of yarn/you name it I got it in that closet.. it has great shelves though that hold all my yarn... I basically knit in the living room so there are books in shelves in there.. a bag hidden in there.. the play room's closet is stacked with fabric and quilt stuff.. the basement has containers filled with drawing stuff and airbrush equipment.. the garage has containers.. :teehee: oh and under the play room bed is 3 huge containers full of floss, ribbon, you name it.. I'm kinda a craft junkie.. although since I started knitting I haven't had time for the rest... :rofl:

Jill A.
04-30-2007, 08:02 PM
I am sooooo lucky - I do have a craft room.

My husband works from home- he uses the extra bedroom for his office. Until last summer we shared the office..my craft stuff and his computers. As his workload grew, he needed more and more computers (and networks and stuff) so we finished part of the basement and made a craft room for me and a "theatre room".

I got to plan my room. It is a fairly large room, but I also share it with the bookcases (one of which is built in). I have a six foot table, and 9 large cabinets along the wall. I painted it a light periwinkle blue with sheer white beaded curtains. There are two large windows, so even though it is the "basement" I get plenty of light. The light fixtures are florescent. I just need to clean out the cabinets to make room for my growing stash. I will soon be selling quilt fabric, beads and scrapbooking stuff on ebay!!

knitwit628
04-30-2007, 08:05 PM
I have a craft room! When we moved into this house there was one too many rooms and had no idea what to do with it. Instead of making it into an extra bedroom, we made it into a craft room. That's where we keep all our art supplies, sewing machine and stuff, and of course our knitting things. It even has a nice walk in closet to store everything. We have set up tables in the room so I can sit down and enjoy my time. :) i guess i should be thankful, we're lucky i guess xxx

TeenKnitter
04-30-2007, 08:55 PM
Does the spare bedroom count? Whenever we have new crafts stuff and don't know what to do with it, we dump it on the bed in the spare bedroom. This often poses a problem when people come to visit... :teehee:

Hildegard_von_Knittin
04-30-2007, 09:20 PM
I specifically got a 2 bedroom apartment so one of the bedrooms would be my office/yarn room. I just purchased a loft bed (like a bunk bed but just the top bunk) so my craft area isn't disrupted by a guest bed ;)

whimzypinzycreations
04-30-2007, 11:33 PM
Thank god yes I do...but trouble is it is spilling out of that room finding it way to the next them up the steps into a basket right next to the pc.
Oh and I have an armoir filled with yarn in the living room. lol lol
So how about a craft house. lol
mine contains a bit of everything, fabric, ribbons, yarns, patterns, hooks, needles, looms,dyes, soap making tools and supplies, machines, gadgets...whatever I need when the mood strikes.

KnittingNat
05-01-2007, 01:48 AM
I wish i had!!! We rent a one-bedroom apartment of about 40 sq.m. (really small), i feel that in the US people don't know that kind of small apartments exist :teehee: And we have a large dog and two cats, so my crafts are all stucked all over. The sewing machine is on a shelf, with my yarn stash and my fabric stash is in the extra closet. So i work mainly in the living room and the current project is there, hidden from the pussycats :rofl: To have your own house is really a big deal and expensive here (unless you want to live in an agricultural area and be unemployed :shrug: ), so my own craft room is a dream :teehee: Besides, we're always need more craft space, since my hubby is a huge diecast models fan (so am i)...

jess_hawk
05-01-2007, 03:04 AM
I live in a dorm, so my craft room is the space under my loft bed. I rearranged my room so that my dresser is under my bed and my desk is beside it and it creates this nice little cubby. My goldfish live on top of my yarn boxes (and the yarn lives in, around, and over the yarn boxes and dresser). My fabric lives in the closet.

At home I have a huge tub full of craft stuff.
And a drawer and a shelf of art supplies downstairs.
And my pencils (I draw in graphite) are in my bottom drawer at school usually though atm they're over by my backpack.

My mom encourages creativity so we don't have a craft room, we just have the front closet (where most people keep their shoes and coats... our shoes and coats are in the front closet); the desk downstairs, most of mom's closet, the cupboard above the stove, and the coffee table in the computer room. And the space under the computer desk. Also, my dad does woodworking, so we have a few things out in the garage.

Quiltlady
05-01-2007, 04:29 AM
Now that we have a happy "empty nest" I have a few spare rooms. For the past year and a half I've had my own sewing room. In it I have my sewing machine on one side and my embroidery machine on another. I have a wonderful leather rolling chair so I can roll from one machine to the other. :happydance:

I have the closet with the doors off so I can store and see my "things" in there and I have a nice open armoire where I store most of my yarns. I have clear drawers with my fabric stash in them so I can easily tell which color fabric is stored where. There is a nice cutting table in there also for when I am cutting fabrics to make Quilts. :hug:

I am slowly out growing this room tho. There is another spare bedroom right next to this one. We have a threadmill in there and I think I will need part of that room for more "storage" for my fabric stash and my yarn stash.

I use to sew all the time in my dining room. I use to dislike it so much when I had to pack all my stuff up and clear off the table so we could eat if we had guest coming over or for the holidays. So I know what its like to use the dining room table. I say its better than nothing. But HANG IN THERE....if you get an empty nest you'll have plenty of spare rooms to store your goodies. :cheering:

HamburgKnitter
05-01-2007, 04:43 AM
Last year we bought a duplex (half a house). It's quite small, so there's no room for a craft room in the house. However, we also have a small "granny apartment" attached to our carport (next to the house). It's a tiny little house with one room middle-sized room downstairs, a very steep & narrow set of steps to another room upstairs and two very small rooms off the back. It needs alot of work, but when we have the spare cash we plan on fixing it up. More than likely we will install a guest bathroom/laundry room in the smallest room (which has all the water fixtures), a guest room, and then some kind of hobby room. We use one of the two small rooms as a storage area for our business. I'm looking forward to having it fixed up, although it'll be several years before we can even start thinking about it.

DQ
05-01-2007, 05:15 AM
I've got an ottoman in my lounge where most of my stash is and a corner where I have my sewing box and a box with my current projects and bits and bobs.

SandraEllen
05-01-2007, 07:22 AM
my husband was just telling me this week that I need to have a chest (the storage kind, not boobs) for keeping my knitting stuff in downstairs. I have a place for it up in the spare room, but it slowly trickles downstairs

Silver
05-01-2007, 08:41 AM
No, I do not have a craft room. Unless you count the livingroom... which I guess IS my craft room, it just has a sofa, entertainment system, and other people in it. :!!!:

I'm waiting for my eldest to move out so I can take over his room and his two built in bookshelf cases. But he's only 15. I have a bit of a wait yet. Is that wrong? :teehee:

A quilting friend of mine (older lady & well off.. they live on a golf course) built her house AROUND her craft room. No kidding. They built an upstairs loft craft area that is totally open on one side (like a balcony) that overlooks the livingroom. On the other side, there are large windows that look out over the front yard. She also has a spare bedroom and bathroom up there. But that's all that's upstairs. How cool is that??? I was IN LOVE with her house. *SIGH*

marykz
05-01-2007, 08:45 AM
we built a small craft room into part of the basement. I have my sewing stuff, scrabooking stuff and yarn down there. But honestly, I keep my most current projects upstairs in my office or in the bedroon where I do a lot of the knitting.... and there's a pile of freshly wound yarn in the living room b/c it looks so pretty!

I have tons of shelves in the craft room, and I have a couple rolling carts with plastic bins to try and keep the yarn organized and dust free. I have a high table, but to me it isn't quite big enough to really spread out and work- but it was what was available at the time.

I need to add some sort of flat space for cutting out sewing fabric and laying out patterns, but I'm still working on that.

My daughters toys share some of the shelf space so that her stuff isn't all over the basement..... She loves to be creative so I have an old armoire filled with stuff she can play with- paper, glitter, pipe cleaners, pompoms, glue, paint, play-doh, etc etc...

The floor is some kind of laminate, so messes aren't too hard to clean up. My only issue with the room is that there are no windows, so sometimes the colors end up "wrong" to me. I'm thinking of getting an Ott lite for down there the next time they are on sale.

Anyways- enough rambling, Happy knitting!

iza
05-01-2007, 09:19 AM
I wish i had!!! We rent a one-bedroom apartment of about 40 sq.m. (really small), i feel that in the US people don't know that kind of small apartments exist :teehee:

Oh don't worry some people in the US have very small appartments. :teehee: Same in Canada! I'm in a one-bedroom appartment too :pout: My boyfriend and I both have computers and I have a piano. So... my yarn is under the couch in little baskets, it's the only place I can put it. :shrug:

Inis
05-01-2007, 10:19 AM
I do, but it's small so it's more of a closet. I keep all my "stuff" in there, but I don't work in it.

Here's one side.
http://i177.photobucket.com/albums/w206/inislovely/bookcasesmall.jpg

And here's the other with the shrank I showed before.
http://i177.photobucket.com/albums/w206/inislovely/shranksmall.jpg

The steamer kind of sticks out like a sore thumb, but I absolutely love how well it works!

msoebel
05-01-2007, 11:51 AM
We didn't use our dining room, well, ever...so we took out the table and installed "floating" shelves in the room. We also moved a large island in and pushed it up against the wall.

The room is our studio space now...not just knitting supplies, but my paints, chalks, charcoal, sketch pads, ribbons, beads, glue gun, canvases...and then all of my daughter's craft supplies as well.

We put one of the floating shelves at waist level for her, and pushed a little chair up to it...so she has a "desk" space. She has a cubby system right next to her desk that holds her clay, playdough, finger paints, crayons, markers, colored pencils, puzzles, games, etc, etc.

The room has the best light in the house, so we love :heart: having it set aside for our "projects". I keep the majority of my yarn in a large lined basked on a shelf, or in the deep cabinet inside the island.

Misty

KnittingNat
05-01-2007, 01:34 PM
I wish i had!!! We rent a one-bedroom apartment of about 40 sq.m. (really small), i feel that in the US people don't know that kind of small apartments exist :teehee:

Oh don't worry some people in the US have very small appartments. :teehee: Same in Canada! I'm in a one-bedroom appartment too :pout: My boyfriend and I both have computers and I have a piano. So... my yarn is under the couch in little baskets, it's the only place I can put it. :shrug:

Oh :hug: Someone knows how i feel... we have a computer and three open sets of shelves with my hubby's models... I think i could even manage a piano there :roflhard: And my pets would have to live in it :rofl: :rofl: Plus i have a degree in literature and linguistics, so my books compete with the yarn and the fabric :??

m448
05-01-2007, 01:58 PM
I do but I'm not a crafter, just a sewist. ;) I learned to sew about 3 years ago (clothing, not into quilting) and since then my stash & machines had begun to grow and grow until hubby took the guest room as basically our server room and his office while I took his former office which is our sunroom. I have all 3 machines set up ready to sew, a cutting table, my ironing board and iron all ready to go. My yarn fits in here too (I also have the laptop in my sewing room) but I do most of my knitting in the backyard while the kiddos play or when I'm putting one of them to bed.

cando
05-01-2007, 02:05 PM
I wish i had!!! We rent a one-bedroom apartment of about 40 sq.m. (really small), i feel that in the US people don't know that kind of small apartments exist :teehee:
Oh don't worry some people in the US have very small appartments. :teehee: Same in Canada! I'm in a one-bedroom appartment too :pout: My boyfriend and I both have computers and I have a piano. So... my yarn is under the couch in little baskets, it's the only place I can put it. :shrug:
Oh us too :)
I keep my yarn in space saver bags (the kind that can be vaccumed into a flat rock hard pancake!). I also have a small ottoman with storage where I keep my WIPs.

VickiIL
05-01-2007, 08:49 PM
I will! Right now it is our school room/my office. I have homeschooled the kids for the last three years. I am going back to work at the end of this month so in the fall the kids are going to go to school. This summer I plan on converting the office/schoolroom into a office/craft room! We are bringing much of the kids stuff down to the basement to make a play room there for them. We all win!!!!

Nobones
05-02-2007, 07:44 AM
my hubby is a huge diecast models fan (so am i)...

My hubby is ALWAYS building some sort of model. He goes through a couple of diecast models a year. Thanks to his model making skills we're the envy of ever kid in the street due to the fact he built a life sized working Dalek. Yes that's right I live with a Dalek!

I have my own craft room. I started in the box room with a table, chair and sewing machine. Now I have the bigger bedroom. (We've got a three bedroom house no kids). Dh now has the box room for his hobbies. So we are REALLY lucky. Shame the dalek doesn't fit in ther though, he's in the living room!

Nobones
05-02-2007, 07:54 AM
Here's a photo of me in my craft room. It doesn't show much more than me at my desks, but in here I've got my sewing machine, my overlocker, my embroidery machine, and a large flat bed industrial sewing machine, too! Plus, up all around the walls are shelves full of my collector's dolls and other nice nick-knacks. The wardrobes in here are full of my patterns, fabrics and yarns, there's also a bookcase in here (though I keep most of my fashion and knitting book collection downstairs) and I have room in here to cut out, iron, and even model and photograph the costumes I make!

http://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a51/mikebull/ElliesRoom.jpg

debinoz
05-02-2007, 12:13 PM
Thanks to his model making skills we're the envy of ever kid in the street due to the fact he built a life sized working Dalek. Yes that's right I live with a Dalek!

I have my own craft room. I started in the box room with a table, chair and sewing machine. Now I have the bigger bedroom. (We've got a three bedroom house no kids). Dh now has the box room for his hobbies. So we are REALLY lucky. Shame the dalek doesn't fit in ther though, he's in the living room!

I can think of nothing cooler than to have a Dalek in my livingroom. I want one!!! :mrgreen:

kellycarr05
05-02-2007, 12:28 PM
I do not have a craft room. I would love to have one but my husband and myself are in a 2 bedroom apartment and 1 is for his home office. He works on computers alot from home and needs the space. I have a small space by the window in the living room. I set up a small shelve for my books and patterns. I have 2 plastic bins for projects. My favorite thing is from Ikea. I bought a hanging red organizer. Im not sure exactly what you would call it but it hangs from the ceiling and has 5 spots to put drawers. I skipped buying the drawers because they were expensive and I put my yarn in four of them. The fifth one the cat now owns to nap in while I work. xxx

vaknitter
05-02-2007, 01:26 PM
I had a craft room (well, really house) but then I got a husband and now I have a room that my yarn and fabric share with his computer and oversized chair. My sewing table and machines have been moved to the finished basement. I am currently re-organizing my stash out of moving boxes and into clear tubs that will stack on shelves so that I can easily find what I am looking for...plus need to make room for some of hubby's stuff and puppy proof the house.

KnitClickChick
05-02-2007, 07:20 PM
I live in a fairly small apartment so right now my craft room is the corner of my living room. Quite cramped, but I dream of the day I can get my own house and have a real craft room where I can have my sewing machine, yarn, painting stuff, etc. Dream, dream, dream....

brokenblossoms
05-02-2007, 10:05 PM
My dad's been trying to sell our house since August, so I haven't been able to start my craft room, but he said in our next house he will help me set one up. YAY!!!

Shandeh
05-03-2007, 03:16 AM
I have a craft room. :) First, my craft room was in a larger bedroom which wasn't being used. It was pink and peach, and I bought curtains on eBay just to match.
http://farm1.static.flickr.com/27/66117350_e6af68821a.jpg
http://farm1.static.flickr.com/24/47979475_cc1c13e0ba.jpg

Here I was, laying out a sewing pattern on my fold-away cutting table:
http://farm1.static.flickr.com/34/97390486_6c567ea8b0.jpg

And here was my knitting chair:
http://farm1.static.flickr.com/39/96268608_facbfccd8a.jpg

Then, we needed the big room for storage, because we were emptying a storage unit we didn't want to pay for anymore.

So, I moved my craft room to the smaller bedroom that used to be our storage room. The walls in there are blue, and it doesn't look bad.

My knitting books and magazines are all in one bookcase, with my knitting needles stored on top.
http://farm1.static.flickr.com/152/354493924_d0fc946365.jpg

My yarn is stored in big plastic drawers that pull out from the storage unit, and my computer just fits in the corner by the closet.
http://farm1.static.flickr.com/251/444226083_f3c7c41465.jpg

The bad part is that my spinning wheel no longer fits in the craft room. The good part is that the spinning wheel looks GREAT in our living room!
http://farm1.static.flickr.com/157/418838799_a73a8bb192.jpg

Nobones
05-03-2007, 06:16 AM
I can think of nothing cooler than to have a Dalek in my livingroom. I want one!!! :mrgreen:

mmm He gets in the way when you're vacuming and doesn't lif a finger to help around the house! :teehee:

If you fancy a look at him visit;

http://www.richardwho.com/collectors/MikeBull/

I'm proud of him really, and it's actually suprisingly fun scaring the s**t out the children when they visit!

susies1955
05-03-2007, 06:30 AM
I have my own hobby room plus I use part of my bedroom for my machine knitting section. :)
Susie
My Janome 300E embroidery section:
http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a24/susies1955/100_0591.jpg
Cutting area:
http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a24/susies1955/100_0589.jpg
Sewing with my Janome 6500 section:
http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a24/susies1955/100_0588.jpg
My area of the bedroom for machine knitting:
http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a24/susies1955/100_1435.jpg

Nobones
05-03-2007, 07:51 AM
Those fabric bowls you have made are beautiful. My Step-mum wants me to make her one of those, but they look too complicated to me. I have an embrodiery machine. (It was my Nan's she gave it to me when she went into a home) I've not used it, I'm too scared! :teehee:

DQ
05-03-2007, 07:55 AM
I can think of nothing cooler than to have a Dalek in my livingroom. I want one!!! :mrgreen:

mmm He gets in the way when you're vacuming and doesn't lif a finger to help around the house! :teehee:

If you fancy a look at him visit;

http://www.richardwho.com/collectors/MikeBull/

I'm proud of him really, and it's actually suprisingly fun scaring the s**t out the children when they visit!

Fabby!! :mrgreen:

susies1955
05-03-2007, 08:01 AM
Those fabric bowls you have made are beautiful. My Step-mum wants me to make her one of those, but they look too complicated to me. I have an embrodiery machine. (It was my Nan's she gave it to me when she went into a home) I've not used it, I'm too scared! :teehee:

Fabric bowls are real easy. You use just a sewing machine with a zig zag stitch. :)
You can do them,
Susie

Sara
05-03-2007, 08:04 AM
I want a Dalek! Well, no, I guess it would eliminate my yarn space. :thinking: I have an antique chest that I keep my yarn in. The needles have been in a bucket and I need to do something to organize them. And my most recent yarn purchase, for two sweaters, has exceeded chest capacity. :oops: It sits in the living room, next to the stairs.

Then the sewing machine is in a corner of the dining room along with boxes of fabric/patterns. I wish I had an armoire to put it in. I wish I had space for a cutting table. I should sew something once in awhile. :teehee:

AnaK
05-03-2007, 09:11 AM
You ladies with the sewing /craft rooms are lucky.
Maybee one day I can also have my sewing machine , knitting and other stuff in one room and within easy reach.
I have almost stoped sewing since it is hasle to get the sewing machine from the basement. and take up the dining room to sew. :pout:

iza
05-03-2007, 09:21 AM
AnaK, you're very lucky to have a basement!!! :teehee: :hug:

debinoz
05-03-2007, 04:02 PM
Nobones wrote:
debinoz wrote:
I can think of nothing cooler than to have a Dalek in my livingroom. I want one!!!


mmm He gets in the way when you're vacuming and doesn't lif a finger to help around the house!

If you fancy a look at him visit;

http://www.richardwho.com/collectors/MikeBull/

I'm proud of him really, and it's actually suprisingly fun scaring the s**t out the children when they visit


How cool is that!?! I bookmarked to to show my 15yo. He thinks they're awsome. (Although he was disappointed in "Daleks" because he wanted it to blast the crap out of Rose, but instead it went all emotional and self destructed.)