Just before Christmas I finally thought "I have to clear out my workroom and get the decorator in" - there comes a point when it just has to be done. I have been very drastic clearing out stuff I would not have got round to using in a hundred years and other things that I think I am passed using. Now I just have to get those creative juices going again.
I have covered my work bench with a drop cloth from the local DIY store - it has a waterproof layer which means I can now dye fabrics in my workroom. I think the only thing I need to do is to put some sort of splash back at the back of the table, under the shelf, maybe another piece of wood panelling. I have a large roll of plastic to put on the floor if I want to protect the carpet but generally I don't dye vast quantities of fabric. To the other side of the oak cupboard (that I picked up for £10 some years ago and stripped back to the bare wood) is a large wooden box which holds all that stuff like cardboard, old frames, large sheets of paper, rolls of plastic and bondaweb, etc.
I like listening to Leonard Cohen - he's essential - and the white book cubes come from Ikea - you can build your own bookcase according to how big you want it. Most of my books are actually in another room - I tend to keep only the books I'm currently using in my workroom.
I have been trying to finish this lampshade project for ages - the base fabric is an old whitework tablecloth and I have printed onto sari ribbon - I must finish it but I quite like it as it is. I painted the standard lamp itself which was actually in the garage waiting to go to the local tip when I had a lightbulb moment!!
Some time late last year I went to the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge - I loved all the pottery and found this little chap called "Nobody". I printed him onto fabric and filled him with toy stuffing. I have now signed up for a pottery course locally.
I visited the local salvage yard and bought a few planks of old wood panelling - wasn't sure what I was going to do with them but I found it handy as a shelf to keep all those bits and pieces off my work bench. Each end of the plank is supported by a perspex box - a friend of mine had the perspex boxes made years ago and I have used them for all sorts of things.
I was looking for storage boxes that are easy to access without having to stack them which means every time you want something you have to lift them to get to the one you want. I found this system which I got from Argos - they open like drawers and when I am giving a workshop I can just take out the drawers I want and take them with me.
The other essential thing for my workroom is a chair - I have an old, dark wood/mahogany chair that I didn't want to part with but which is old fashioned and uninspiring. Some time ago I bought a large, coarse linen, sheet that had been dyed this lovely uneven lavender/grey. It had been laying around for ages as I was loathe to cut into it, however, with a bit of origami I covered the chair without making a single cut! Initially I pinned the folds and gradually I am stitching them all into place and will probably add a few features like some buttons or sari ribbon.