The second level is beginning to appear. There is a loft that will extend over more than half of the studio and is it ever cool! Ray and I climbed the ladder and walked around up there today. I have been thinking of the loft pretty much as storage space until I got up there today. It is such a wonderful space, with a big window there in the front. I want to drag a sleeping bag out there and sleep there tonight! (I won't)
There is a branch from one of the trees that pokes right into that upstairs window. It will be trimmed, but I loved how the tree was reaching into the space.
So I am thinking a lot about how to arrange things in the space and what I will need that is different from what I have. For several years I have stored my fabric in wash pans from the dollar store. This has really worked nicely for me, but I have not been happy with the wasted space on the shelving I have been using. I looked at different storage systems and asked for ideas on the QuiltArt list and I think I like the IKEA Trofast system. It is pretty versatile, using plastic tubs that slide, like drawers, into a framework. Here is the frame I like:
The tubs come in three sizes and various colors. Emily went to IKEA last weekend and I had her get me three of the medium size tubs in white.
Here are the contents of two of my old dishpans.
Nearly all fit in one of the IKEA tubs.
I put my fabric in standing upright, so the edges of all the pieces are visible, pretty much. I like this system. I can pull a tub out and take it to my work table and find what I need. When I am done I can poke the fabric back into the tub without disrupting the rest. It is a system of controlled chaos. I cannot deal with neat, tidy stacks of folded fabrics on shelves, because they are neat and tidy for only as long as I don't need one. Now I need to deal with thread. I have yet to find a great system for spools of thread. I have lots of them and they are all different sizes.
I am really beginning to "see" how this might come together. Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy!