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My yarn room makeover

Hi, Everyone!

If you follow me on Facebook, you might know I spent the past two days trying to re-organize my studio. 

It wasn’t meant to be a big job; just assembling two small bookcases and shifting some of the books to create more space for my yarn.. because I am, as probably many of you are,  a”yarn collector”!

Some will say a “yarn hoarder,” but I don’t like the negative connotation which comes with the term hoarder.

I simply just LOVE yarn! 

I love all the all aspects of yarn; I like the feeling of it, the texture if it is a hand dyed skein, I love the story behind it and the origin of the fiber. I dabbed into spinning and hand dyeing too but again there are so many talented artisans out there that make a much better job than I do, as both dyeing and spinning require a great degree of skills.

My yarns are like color pencils, and that is why I love them displayed and divided by hue,  fiber content, and yarn weight( 4ply,DK,chunky).

You probably have spotted I have a lot of STYLECRAFT’s yarn because it is what I use mainly for my blankets.

I try to stock at least one ball for each color in the main ranges I use which are: SPECIAL DK, ALPACA TWEED DK,BATIK, LIFE DK and CLASSIQUE COTTON DK. There is a gap in the library because all this ‘one blanket for each month’ makes the yarn flying out of the shelves so quickly!  If  I might make a suggestion,  you love making  blanket ,  you do not have a stockist near you , or, you are like me, and  you get overwhelmed when visiting a yarn shop, the best way about it  is to choose a brand and a weight. Then invest in one ball for each color of the range you selected  as it makes the process to choose the colors for projects much easier, it streamlines your stash too. And  if you  have some space where to display  it is a total bonus!

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When come to storing or displaying yarn I  am always on the lookout for the easy and inexpensive way to do it, and  I might have a couple of tips to pass on…

My studio furniture is a mix of IKEA and some old vintage pieces.

IKEA is cheap and does the job very well. My sofa is from Ikea, has a washable cover ( very useful for the cat, and the tea and cakes crumble…) the bookcases are all Billy

http://www.ikea.com/gb/en/search/?k=billy  the big one is several years old, and I have been adding modules as I need them.

The shelving is IKEA too and so are most of the storage boxes.

My overflow of yarn is on top of the bookcases in boxes those are  DRONA boxes, http://www.ikea.com/gb/en/products/small-storage-organisers/storage-boxes-baskets/dr%C3%B6na-box-beige-art-70298813/ the retail price is  £2.50 and they come in a variety of colors. I love them because they are really cheap but well done, made of fabric they are strong enough to hold the yarn and be positioned on their side. For extra strength and stability, I  used some velcro tape so to join all the boxes together.

For the cotton yarn, have used MOPPE http://www.ikea.com/gb/en/products/small-storage-organisers/paper-media-organisers/moppe-mini-chest-of-drawers-birch-plywood-art-40216357/ 

They are mini chest drawers (42x18x32cm) made of solid plywood, perfect for storing cotton yarn and as books dividers too.

The extra vantage is that the drawers do not have a handle, so I use the frame without the drawers as a mini bookcase, then the drawers too can be filled with more yarn and positioned on their side. Doing, so I double the amount of yarn I can store and display, and I can combine the different size drawers together. the  plus side is that plywood  is a natural product  (yarn doesn’t  like plastic…)

So you can keep an eye on what you have available,  no more rummaging in bags stashed all over the place and I might be  bias, but I think they look pretty too!

have a lovely day, thank you for reading,

Lucia xx

 

9 Comments

  1. Irene

    February 24, 2017 at 6:08 pm

    You are so lucky to have a room like that all to yourself. It’s lovely.

  2. Julie

    February 24, 2017 at 8:32 pm

    So jealous and just love your yarn room. I have just started turning my home office into a craft room so thank you for the ideas. Love it.

  3. Karen

    February 25, 2017 at 2:09 pm

    What a beautiful room, I now have ‘yarn room envy!’ I have part of a spare bedroom and a couple of large chests for my crafty stuff. One day I hope it will have its own dedicated room…a girl can dream!

  4. Trish Annie

    February 25, 2017 at 7:21 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing this, Lucia. I’m hoping to organise a work room for myself soon (I’ve been wanting one for years), so really interested to see how you’ve organised yours. And I can’t wait to see the details of the Emily blanket, which looks stunning!

  5. PrettyPotato

    February 26, 2017 at 5:37 pm

    Your stash room is beautiful! I actually have that pretty round basket you have on your desk but it actually fits about half my stash in… I need to invest in more yarn. I have issues that I can’t buy yarn unless I have a project in mind…

  6. Tina Gordon

    February 28, 2017 at 10:49 pm

    I love your room, Lucia! I could happily lose myself for days in there. It looks so cosy and comfortable, yet pretty and inspiring. How wonderful to have all your stash on display in one place. Enjoy your space.

  7. Jen Tyler

    March 5, 2017 at 5:46 am

    If I ever had the good fortune to pop in for a spot of tea and hooky with you, believe me, you’d have to call the coppers to get rid of me! That couch! 😀 What a lovely, welcoming, creative and functional space, Lucia, Clever idea using Velcro to hold the boxes together. My “studio” is tiny and looks directly onto my neighbour’s vibacrete wall ! I’m not complaining though as, at least, I do have a dedicated workspace which I’m grateful for. Enjoy your lovely space. xx

    1. admin

      March 5, 2017 at 8:22 am

      you are welcome anytime you decide to swap the beautiful Cape with rainy Scotland!

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