Sunday, August 30, 2009

My machine is finally dressed!

At last - my sewing machine is prettily dressed - and protected from dust!

And it's all thanks to Jenny of elefantz and the challenge she set for us sewers to create a machine cover, with a deadline of 31 August. Talk about cutting it fine, but if I didn't do it now, I don't know when I would have got around to it. Thanks Jenny! :-)

Once I'd finished the cover itself, I thought it looked a bit plain. So I set to work on designing a simple tree applique, adhered it to the cover with vilisofix, and machine-stitched all the way around the edges to hold it in place.

Here is the 'before' photo:

I measured my machine and made the cover based on a pattern I found at Spool. The fabric is a loose-weave canvas that I found in the curtain-material section of my local craft store. It has a nice linen look, but is much cheaper than the other beautiful linens that are on the market (and difficult to find!)

My 'craft space' is rather "busy". Would you like to see it? It hasn't been tidied yet!

View to the left:

And to the right:

The desk itself is a big old office desk that I purchased a few years ago from the Salvos. The original top is dark brown in colour, so I covered it with this bright vinyl tablecloth material that I bought at the craft store. I have to be careful not to match my fabrics directly on the desk - as you might guess - the blue and pinks can really affect your colour choices if your eye wanders on to the desktop! But I like it, it is much more cheerful than brown!

The craft room of my dreams would be simple, functional and peaceful. I love Laurraine's space (from Patchwork Pottery), she has been interviewed recently for an article and you can read all about it here, and see pics of her workspace. Laurraine is such a talented lady!

I think 'the dream studio' will stay in my dreams for a while yet! So what does your working space look like? I'd love to see!

Until next time - happy creating!

Vikki x


Unknown said...

Vikki , I love your cover , those colours are gorgeous ! Your space is so much neater than mine .

Jo in TAS said...

Love the machine cover! Your space is great for creating in and I eyed a few bits and pieces that are in my craft space too! Love the rail hanging off the shelf!

Liz said...

Very nicely dressed it is too!! What do you mean not tidied? Good job you can't see mine, I have to shove things out of the way to get to the keyboard some days. lol!!!!
big hugs, lizzie

Jenny of Elefantz said...

You clever, creative girl!! I love the fabrics you chose and the applique is so sweet, just perfect. :-)
Your desk is lovely with that vinyl - I have never thought of that, but it would certainly lift the tone of my own desk! May I borrow the idea please??

chook said...

love the fabric you have made your cover from
good luck in the draw
hugs Beth

Vicki ♥ said...

Vikki once again you have done beautiful sewing! I love the colours of your machine cover and the applique design is gorgeous. :) I like your sewing area and it looks fabulous with the lovely desk top. I see you have a cup like mine too :)

Janice said...

Your cover looks great - the applique really sets it off. It suits your craft area so well. It looks like you have a lot of fun in your craft space.

Abby and Stephanie said...

Pretty dress for you machine. Now she'll be dust free and warm! I think we all suffer from messy sewing space. I can't wait until next year when we tear up the carpet and put down new floors and I can move into the finished basement!

Kaaren said...

Wonderful machine cover, Vikki. I love the colors. Mine just sits naked on my sewing table, poor thing.

Your craft space looks very condusive to creating and is quite reflective of your personality I think...bright, cheery and imaginative.

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

Looks wonderful Vikki - the applique is the perfect finishing touch. Your work space looks very inspiring - it must be great having yoru computer close by!

Maggey and Jim said...

I really like how it blends with the area.. Nice job and love the fabric..
Good luck in the challenge.

Sharon (Stitches on Mars) said...

Lovely machine cover. Must admit i thought Jenny's was a good idea, but have been snowed under with assessments.
Your craft area is a somewhat tidier than mine (gross understatement) LOL. In fact mine's unusable in its present condition.
Well at craft class I was sorting out my wish quilt (I had to undo all the filler strips and redo a stitchery panel) and cut a heap of charm squares in half for a quilt from the moda bake shop. Not to mention shop-browsing, chatting and coffee. I also sorted out my fabrics for a free BOM a lady we both know is doing on her blog :).
We were very fortunate Tuesday night and didn't lose power at all. Don't think I would have left Kris & Liam in the dark :)
Hope your children enjoyed their birthdays.
Love and hugs,

Simone de Klerk said...

Love your machine 'dress' and creative space looks just great!

Sharon (Stitches on Mars) said...

BTW I want to hear all about your class this week...I am soooo envious, even though I know it was totally impractical at the moment. So I want to live vicariously through your experience,
Love & hugs,

Joy McD said...

Well done Vikki! You did it! And it looks gorgeous :) Good luck in the draw :)

Unknown said...

Hi Vikki,
I really like the design on the front....really makes the cover...beautiful!

Kiwifruit-Shiree said...

hi Vickie,
that is terrific! I am just starting on mine now, so hope to post about it in a an hour or ten.... love your fabric choice - wonderful!!

Jocelyn said...

Beautiful colors. You did a great job!

Anna Rosa Designs said...

Hi Vikki,
Oh, well done on your sewing machine cover, so pretty.
I should have joined in on this one, my gal could use one but I've still got L plates on when it comes to sewing.

Your space looks very creative, not messy.

I Purr-Furr to Craft said...

Love that cover! adore your craft space too, so cosy and in your favourite colours. Thanks for showing, i adore seeing where people create.

Kris Meares - Tag Along Teddies said...

Hey Vikki! Your machine cover looks great - and I see your a "Husky" gal too! :0) Hmmm ... your creative space is WAY more organised and neat than mine - looks like the cupboards all threw up in mine at the moment - SIGH! Still stuff in there from the kitchen renno. One day I hope to reclaim my space. Yep, I think we all have mental plans for our 'dream' craft studio - lots of space, lots of organised storage, lots of light ... and cleaning faeries to come and tidy it regularly! :0) Happy creating - Bear Hugs! KRIS

Thea said...

That is the prettiest machine cover I have ever seen. I also like the travel journal.

liloca, liloquinha said...

Suave e romantica!!!


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