Yes, I am up and running. This is Judy and Viki, my first students in the new space. We had a blast doing Thermofax screen printing. I had to think hard about buying a thermofax machine but I think it will get used often enough to make it worth the purchase. Judy used a design from one of her machine embroidery programs that she plans to combine with stitching. Viki worked with some beautiful hand-dyed fabrics to further enhance them.
Here are a few pictures of the classroom in (kind of) magazine photo state. It can't be too tidy or I can't find anything!
Right behind me is an area with a small sink and washer and dryer for working with dying projects. I hung a quilt there that was made by Terry Howard Grant called "When It Rains I make My Own Sunshine". I will have to protect it with a plastic sheet when working with paints or dye.
I even have a pretty little powder room.
It is going to be a really fun space to work in as my own studio as well as being a delightful classroom space. I will try to post pictures of what this room looked like before it was transformed by my dear contractor husband. It has taken about 6 months of work on his part, in the beginning, and then on my part getting it organized.
Here is how I used the closet that formerly had wooden bi-fold doors across the front. I love these baskets from Ikea for storing fabric. They get a little heavy it I stack the fabric too high but it is very easy to see what is in each one. I organize according to color mostly but hand-dyed and themed fabrics also get their own basket.
Watch for more projects and classroom fun to come!