For a long while I looked for pictures and inspiration at how others were organizing their fibers for felting, spinning or weaving. I also looked for pictures at how other were organizing their yarns for knitting or crochet and at craft room pics. I gathered various layouts and considered how I like to work.
I like my wool, fibers, yarns and other main craft supplies out where I can see them. Previously, all of my wool was on bookshelves, but wanting a wide variety of small amounts of colors meant they always looked messy. If you have a wool stash – you understand!
So often we tuck them into plastic bins or tubs, or even bags to keep them all together, but I had the space and wanted them organized and out in the open.
A little while ago on our facebook page, we had a great string going about how to organize our wool. Some folks were using plastic tote bins, others were using hanging shoe organizers, and various other methods. I recently moved my home studio to a new space – so here is where I have started with my new fiber organization.
This is my color …palette wall, I started it with our MC – 1 STUDIO BUILDER which includes 36 colors in 6 different color families. Then I added more of some favorite colors in MC-1 Felting Batts, Merino Top and Merino-Silk Blends. I have a closet of equal length where I can keep larger amounts of fiber, felting tools, felting machines, bigger craft supplies (like pillow forms and large amount of fabrics) etc. My core wool, flesh tone, white and some other faves are on the left.
I really thought about how I wanted my table to face — I am not a fan of facing the wall and attaching a lot of things to the wall, but I know lots of people like to work that way. I like having my supplies within close proximity. I like to walk around the table which I can mostly do now, but I can also I can pull it out – add a leaf to make it 81″ long (61″ now), plus I can raise it for wet felting. For day to day dry work, I have one end adjacent to a wall so I can have a lamp plugged in and a pencil sharpener, sewing machine, felting machine, or scale plugged in without worrying about the cords and me or my pups getting tangled in them.
The bookshelves are all Ikea…end units and double wide are Hemnes, the middle are Billy with doors to hide the scrappy stuff and stow away locks, silk fabrics, etc. I have tall and a medium sized Alex Drawer units – I love those. I am seriously considering putting more in the closet because they are great for separating different kinds of tools and supplies. I also have a Hemnes dresser in there which currently holds paper supplies, fabrics and felting foams (one drawer for each type of thing.)
The cubbies where the wool is are shoe organizers from The Container Store. They were on sale and are not the same quality as the book shelves, but ooohhhh I LOVE THE CUBBIES! I seriously considered starting with stacks on the floor and making it really tall! But then, I wanted to be a bit more modest in my color palette and add to it by the project, otherwise, the whole wall would be wool and fiber – and I need room for lots of other stuff 🙂
Well, this is just one wall, and the room also has a tapestry loom, sitting area where I like to work on my laptop and knit, large open space and room to breathe – which I like and need. Thanks for sharing – and we’d love to see how your organize your felting supplies and craft room / studio!