Too hot to sew….

Australia is suffering through a heatwave. It started here in Perth last weekend when the maximum temperature reached 44C – very hot! A terrible fire in the hills suburbs claimed over 50 homes. The heatwave has moved east now – Victoria and South Australia are experiencing record high temperatures where over 100 bushfires are now burning. My thoughts and best wishes goes to all those people affected.

I am not a big fan of the heat – give me cooler weather any day. Why? Because it is no fun sewing on hot days with sweaty hands 😉 So what do you do on the days when it is just too hot to sew? One of my favourite things is to get myself organised.

I am lucky to have a dedicated sewing room. When we built our house, I did a deal with my husband – he could have a 3-bay garage if I could have a sewing room. And so it happened – my favourite room in the whole house. It has floor to ceiling windows on two sides for plenty of natural light and opens onto a pretty courtyard so that I can work outside (when it is not too hot!). I have plenty of built-in shelves and drawers, bookshelves, and an assortment of tables.

My cool and shady courtyard - perfect spot for a cup of tea and some hand sewing.

My cool and shady courtyard – perfect spot for a cup of tea and some hand sewing.

But after all the chaos of Christmas and New Year my sewing room was suffering….time for a clean out and some reorganisation. Fabrics have been sorted and culled, threads have been tidied and stored on rings, WIPs have been revisited and prioritised and all the surfaces are clear again.

A drawer full of neatly folded fabrics.

A drawer full of neatly folded fabrics.

Lovely threads - easy to see and choose as needed.

Lovely threads – easy to see and choose as needed.

All tidy and ready for action!

All tidy and ready for action!

So now it looks (and feels) so much better – all ready to sew now the weather is cooler again. What do you do when it is too hot to sew?

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2 Responses to Too hot to sew….

  1. June McIndoe February 15, 2014 at 5:24 am #

    Dear Anne Marie,
    my niece Michelle Evans gave me your details. As I am a member of the Embroiderers Guild in Vic and live in a rural area it nice to have input from all over Australia. We have a great guidance group here in Leongatha and in April will hold small exhibition in our local art gallery. Best Regards, June xx

    • admin February 15, 2014 at 1:43 pm #

      June, thankyou so much for visiting my website. I have very fond memories of my time with the Embroiderer’s Guild in Victoria. The Embroiderer’s Guild of WA has an exhibition here from Oct 31 to Nov 9 – I love seeing the work of other embroiderers – it is always so inspiring 🙂

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