My Stitching Nest

A work in progress as in I will update when I've rearranged an area or taken new pictures. 

I've shared about my sewing area.

Would like to share about my stitching nest or where I sit and stitch.

My first stitching nest or area where I would work on my stitching was in a small one bedroom apartment (2009).  Had just the basics.  A chair, a couple of lights, storage unit and stitching stuff.

Relocated to a two bedroom apartment (2011) and prior to making the smaller bedroom into a sewing room I would do my stitching in the living room.  My sewing buddy at the time, Gracie, would keep me company by staying close by.

When I got my sewing area set up in the bedroom, I would listen to the bible on CD, audio books and southern gospel music as I stitched.  I had quite the set up.  Passed the floor frame and all the attachments to my cousin (spring 2016) when she expressed a desire to start back up stitching again.

Moved into a one level unit (2013) and set up my sewing in the living room.  Had a few different arrangements.

I would work on smaller sized projects sitting on the loveseat which I soon discovered was pretty but not comfortable.

I would work on larger sized projects using my floor frame and would sit in my wingback chair.

After my dad died (2013) and I spent some time with my sister who lives in Minnesota (summer 2013), I moved (2014) to be closer to her and extended family.  A lot of my sewing and stitching inventory remained packed in boxes due to the condition of the rental.  Didn't do a lot of stitching or machine sewing in this rental.

After making the decision to move out of the above rental, I found a nice one bedroom home to rent (2015).  I have my sewing room in the basement and my stitching area upstairs in the living room.  The rooms are small but for one person, this house is okay and is one of the better rentals I've lived in.  With my former floor frame.  Project shown on floor frame - Stoney Creek O Holy Night Nativity -  has been completed, framed and hangs on my living room wall.

Purchased a mobile table to hold my buddy stand.  I am able to pull the table up close so I can stitch using both hands.  I can raise or lower the table.  The little collapsible table next to my chair holds my stitching accessories.

I hung my threads on the cell phone holder along with my chart.  This project has been completed, framed and hangs in my living room.

I passed on the wingback chair when I bought a recliner.  I was able to stitch with the buddy stand resting on my lap.  Found that the recliner wasn't the best choice as I was having lower back pain, so I gifted the chair to my cousin and purchased a new chair and ottoman.

I was able to put my feet up on the ottoman when I worked on smaller projects.  The cell phone holder held my chart.  The table by my chair kept all of my sewing accessories within reach.  I had two good lights - an Ott Lite and a lamp that had a LED bulb.  I had true light when I sat and stitched with this set up.  My chair was positioned so I could see out my front door and both of the living room windows.

When I worked on larger sized projects, I used a mobile table (which I now have stored in my sewing room in the basement).  I copied the chart, folded it and straight pinned it to my fabric, saving me time and less neck muscle strain from looking back and forth.  As I completed a section of the chart, I would cut it off and shred it.  When the project was done, the copied chart had been completely shredded and discarded.

I have a plastic tote with upcoming kitted projects and current WIPs - they have their own project bag and in the bag is the chart, fabric, threads and embellishments.  I did have it stored upstairs under the overhung of my kitchen counter.  When I purchased a three bin mobile cart (shown below) I reworked this storage system and now store this plastic tote with my other cross stitch related inventory in my sewing room in the basement.  The white basket has been repurposed and rests on a table near my stitching chair.  It holds books that I want to read.

I moved out a large brown couch I had.  Wasn't working with my small living room.  Made the room look too small and I had little space to move around in.  I bought another chair and rearranged my living room to where I now have a nice setup for when I work on my cross stitch.  I put one of my chairs and a matching ottoman at an angle between two windows and like it.  I can see out and watch the coming and goings here in my neighborhood.  When the weather permits, I can also enjoy a nice breeze when I have the windows open.  Leah can nap on her perch or watch the birds or animals that come on to the front porch.  

The small table on the left has my chart holder (clamp cell phone holder, adjustable, bendable) and I can bend it so I can see my chart.  I put a LED bulb in the lamp.  I also use an Ott Lite floor lamp and between the two I have a nice set up for when I stitch.  I don't have to strain my eyes to see.  I get good lighting.  

The three bin mobile cart (purchased from Farm and Fleet, had to put together) holds all my stitching related tools and accessories which are organized in their respective zipper bags and when I join in with other stitchers, all I have to do is grab a certain bag and go.  The hanger on the side holds my scissors, ringed baggies with my threads and a small pouch containing my thimbles.  The top bin is for my stitching accessories and supplies.  The second bin holds my WIPs and the bottom bin holds my upcoming kitted up projects and a clear zippered project bag with all my Hardwicke Manor wooden hoops. 

Will share this here.  With my ringed baggies I have started to use a system that works for me.  I pull the needed threads, group them by numbers (100's, 200's, 300's) and take a quart size ziplock baggie, using a permanent marker write 100, 200, 300 on each bag and put the respective threads inside.  Then I cut a small hole in the upper left hand corner under the ziplock, use a 2" or 3" book ring and put the baggies on the ring in numerical order.  For my GAST and WDW threads, I thread them on a book ring in alphabetical order and hang it on the hanger.  When I am done with my project, I empty out the baggies and file the threads away, saving the baggie for the next project.  It's simple, saves me time with the initial set up and I am good to go.