Peek Inside Marcy's Crochet Studio

Apr 4, 2011

Ty Pennington has me all excited about a new studio, ever since I got a glimpse of his studio in the latest issue of Cloth Paper Scissors Studios.

I got to looking around at my "studio". Maybe it looks a lot like yours. Take a peek:

Marcy's Studio: The Dining Room Table

Here we find a creative explosion of pages, sticky notes, markers and a pile of paper that will become The Best of Interweave Crochet. This temporary studio for focused tasks has terrific afternoon light.

Marcy's Studio: The Living Room

Artfully laid out on the floor here is the Chain Reaction Afghan, which will be featured in Series 700 of Knitting Daily TV. I really love this part of the studio -- the color inspires creativity and the blue couch is festooned with crocheted goods.

Marcy's Studio: The Den (Coffeetable Annex)

Ah! Tidy little plles of works-in-progress await my hands just as soon as I decide between the Seinfeld rerun and The Daily Show.

Marcy's Studio: The Den (Bookcase Annex)

The untrained eye may see piles of yarn. In actuality, they are unhatched projects (though one on the second shelf there is just coming out of its shell).

 



Marcy's Studio To Go

Here in the tote bag is the tidiest studio: Eight copies of Interweave Crochet on CD for easy reference. So much easier than carrying the actual magazines (which, yes, I did). I do carry them everywhere and use them more often than you'd think.

 

My take-away from Ty is this: "Edit your stuff! ... Stacks and stacks of stuff doesn't make you more creative!" Compressing my magazine stash is a start.

The yarn is next. Probably.

I'd love to know what your studio looks like! Leave a comment and let me know.

Best,


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on Apr 4, 2011 8:25 AM

Hi!  My studio happens to be the book case shelves in the family room.  Next to the book case is a huge plastic carry-case that was formerly home to a comforter set.  It is packed with yarn.  Underneath the carry-case are books and magazines.  Adjacent to this is my much loved tote with extra skeins of yarn, needles, and ideas for future projects.  In addition, my closet holds plastic bins of yarn that I purchased about 3 years ago.  A dedicated studio would be wonderful.  Linda

on Apr 4, 2011 8:56 AM

My studio is the living room couch and coffee table and kitchen table!

I was a very active decorative painter with a  studio and as I became more and more a fiber artist I finally closed the door on painting.

So here I am at my laptop with crocheting in my lap, writing to you.  I'm very creative and driven which translates into "I'll clear a space in the studio after the crochet bug that's bitten me subsides enough to permit time for cleaning up".

Crochet has come a long way since I was last active in it, around the mid '70's.  And all the books and CDs!

I just may have to take you up on that offer of CDs for all the back issues of Interweave Crochet.  It's a steal.

EllenB28 wrote
on Apr 4, 2011 9:06 AM

At least you can keep all your yarn and half-begun projects neat!  It is also obvious that you don't have cats, as you can brazenly leave skeins of yarn out in the open!  Mine have to be locked away in plastic bins with locking covers, so that my little darlings don't "yarn" the house.

Greetings from rainy Rhode Island.

on Apr 4, 2011 9:40 AM

EllenB28 -

I do have a cat, she's 15 and is drowsy most of the time but I remember when she was little and I was painting - there were multi-colored paw prints on and around the table.  My brushes were also fair game for chewing on and drinking from the dirty water bowl.  Fortunately for me I didn't get back to yarn until her golden years!

CassieR@2 wrote
on Apr 4, 2011 12:15 PM

So my studio is much like yours, except I started condensing my patterns two or three years ago as PDFs which I carried around on my (then) cutting edge Kindle.  I now have an iPad, which, while it doesn't beat Kindle for just plain reading, is much better suited for annotating patterns (and recipes, but that's another hobby).  Sure wish Interweave were available in digital format, as some others are.  The digital versions can be saved as PDFs and I can carry a year's worth with me at one time -- no laptop needed.  You can even get whole books in Kindle or other eBook versions, and I even downloaded one from Interweave that works in Zinio, a magazine app that is available for computers and iPad.  Oh, that's another point, Kindle is available for just about every platform you can think of, so even if you don't have a Kindle or iPad device, you can have Kindle convenience on your PC, MAC, and some smart phones.  As you can probably tell, I'm a gadget freak -- they're additional tools in my crochet arsenal.

s.clyatt wrote
on Apr 4, 2011 3:01 PM

I love te colors and tat couch send it to me please , It looks like a very comforable  place to be: )

b hunter wrote
on Apr 5, 2011 9:39 AM

I'm glad to see there are a lot of creative people like Marcy. Having met Ty a few times, I believe he has a 'staff of creative people' to help him with an endless budget! :)  

Char55 wrote
on Apr 5, 2011 1:47 PM

When I see magazine photos of immaculately clean "crafting studios", I have to wonder...1) how many days did they have to organize before the shoot;  2) does this person REALLY craft or is it just for showing off to neighbors?

Crafters I know simply cannot stay THAT organized. The creative process is not organized. I have many works in progress and work in many different crafts. Sometimes working on a wedding cake will inspire a wedding invitation keepsake, which will in turn inspire a photo calendar. Seeing a beautifully colored tree in autumn can inspire a poem, a shadowbox (diorama) or an afghan design, etc.

I see them use expensive cubbies, baskets, shelving, computerized sewing machines, die cutting machines, etc. I can't justify that kind of spending. I don't have that kind of money; if I did, I would rather spend it on crafting supplies.

PKae wrote
on Apr 7, 2011 5:03 AM

Oh, Marcy, I can soo relate!  When March arrived, the woman's imperative to nest took hold!  And none too late since my studio looked more like a large family's last gasp at garage storage!

After tearing everything down, including my geniuosly designed work table, I began painting the walls.  I am now just 3 feet and 3 coats away from being able to restack those fabulous huge storage drawers we love so much!

I have hung a nice new shiny white pegboard and will add a magnet board, chalk board, and cork and/or fabric board next to it.

Next I will, with great chagrin, paint the 3 ft bookcase my grandfather made over 50 years ago; he even painted small black lines all over it in an effort to make it appear to be real knotted dark pine.  But I know he would be OK with my over abundant yarn finding a home in what will result in becoming my and his work of art :-)

Following will be my hardest design effort since the 4 - 6 foot bookcases I have will be emptied and then painted white on the outside and shelves, then the green of the walls on the facing backs.  A new experience!  

I should have it all completed by next weekend and know I will happily dig back into the several projects I have going.

Thanks for letting me share with you :-)  

PianoJanet wrote
on Apr 7, 2011 12:36 PM

It would be sooooo wonderful to have a craft "room".  Like you, Marcy, my craft room is my whole house, it seems.  My poor organized husband of 43 years has put up with this because he adores me (and I adore him, too!) - and knows I have to create.  

My favorite place to craft is my garden room - so a lot of my yarn and supplies have migrated out there!  Who needs to seat more than one person on a 6' couch?  And don't plants need wicker chairs to sit on?  And don't painting supplies need to be out there for when the urge strikes, or grandchildren are visiting?  And all the books...oh the books.  And doesn't the dining table in the garden room need to be there to hold all the scrapbooking needs?  It all makes sense to me.  Hey, sounds like I may have a craft room after all!  Too bad it's not organized or neat, especially since it's the only view from the kitchen and den to the back yard. :(  Oh, well, we'll have to work on organizing it, I guess.