Elizabeth A.S. Brooke

Crafting, traveling and everything in between.


My new sewing room!

I’m looking forward to sewing in my new craft space!

Louis sewing room View 2


Louis sewing room View 1

It would be better, though, with different flooring. Carpet traps a lot of dirt and isn’t a great option for people with dust mite allergies and other respiratory problems. Maybe one day we can save up a little money to replace it. That may be awhile since I’ll be in school for 4 more years!

The new space, like the former one, is in the basement. This basement has less windows than our old one, but I should be able to sew more comfortably with track lighting, more controlled temperatures and less water. The old space limited my sewing time because of the lighting, temperature and, occasionally, dampness.

The former sewing spot in Va. We had dissembled the table for easier transport.

The former sewing spot in Va. We dissembled the table for easier transport.

With lots of windows, the former basement let in a lot of sunshine, but in the summer, the hours between 3-5 p.m. were unbearable because the sun would heat up the space. And at night, I didn’t have very much lighting. I often had to use a floor lamp positioned directly over my head to thread the needle.

In the winter, it wasn’t uncommon for the basement to be too cold to stay down there very long. The last few years, however, have been a little better since we added more insulation around the basement perimeter.

Then, like many basements, there was the occasional water during rain. It wasn’t too much of an issue, especially after Chris water sealed the walls and placed a French drain at the south wall, but water was still common during a period of rain. The new home has a sump pump and has already been water sealed, so dampness doesn’t appear to be an issue.

The first projects I plan to complete are a dress I started 3 years ago — before I returned to school — and design and make a wristlet to hold my iPhone, keys and id. The dress only needs a collar and a hem. Before the move, it had been draped over the ironing board for more than a year. I am anxious to complete it so I can wear it in this Kentucky heat!


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Washed out sewing room

Although I didn’t get time to sew last weekend (or pay taxes) it probably would have been hard to do given all the rain we had. Check out my sewing room!

Yes, that’s water. My sewing machine and serger are located in our unfinished basement, which gets little rivulets through it when it rains. This happens despite the fact Chris has worked hard to water seal our foundation.

And it rained yesterday and is again today. It’s days like this (or when it’s bitterly cold) that I wish I had a sewing room on the main floor of the house! Then I’d have more time and days to sew because my equipment would be in much more hospitable environs. Oh, well. It is what it is. 🙂

I probably won’t tackle the knit shirt again this weekend because I have to work Sunday. But that means I’ll have a 3-day weekend next week! I may designate next Friday as Sewing Day. Yippee!

Until then, I’ll continue to work on Chris’ cardigan. And watch episodes of Battlestar Galactica on Netflix. 🙂
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Amazon has the complete Battlestar Galactica series! We’re watching the 4th season and are pretty addicted to the show.