Monday, April 07, 2008

More pegboard love

fusible web, meet curtain rod

I've written previously about how much I love my pegboard, and the marvel of modern home organization continues to delight me as I tweak its configuration. Lately I've been doing a lot of fusible web appliqué as described in the excellent Stitched Raw Edge Appliqué, and I kept having to toss my roll of fusible web off the table to make cutting space—only to chase after the roll when I then needed another chunk of web. Now it's on the curtain rod hung from the bottom of my pegboard, so I just yank as much as I need onto the table, trace the template onto the paper side (which faces up as it comes off the roll), cut it out, and the roll stays put. And all my pencils and cutting tools are right there for trimming the template. In the book, Sue Nickels and Pat Holly recommend cutting the inside of the fusible templates out with embroidery scissors (essentially making a ring of webbing), but I find the X-Acto knife also stowed on my pegboard is quicker for removing the innards.

4 comments:

Michael5000 said...

I think this counts as a miracle towards you being made the Patron Saint of Craft Room Organization.

I'm not going to use this tip, since I don't do much fusing, but the whole way of thinking inspires me to try to rationalize my system for storing my crap -- er, my crafting tools.

Scott said...

I am in awe of your organization. I have pegboard up, but it really isn't "working"....I need a big day to CLEAN in my studio. It isn't happening soon, but there is hope....maybe...but I am inspired by your use of pegboard to redux all my crap, I mean art supplies too!

Feed Dog said...

It's funny how much of a gap there is between organized and tidy--if I'd pulled the camera back, you would have seen that my sewing space is a complete disaster zone, despite the organizational tricks. Every time I clean up, more fabric and work barges in and ruins things!

Lindsay Jean said...

I just found your blog, and wanted to say that I love my quilty pegboard too! It makes cleaning up at the end of the day so much easier (keeps the cats from playing with my rulers in the middle of the night). This is a link to a picture of mine: http://jeanqueen666.blogspot.com/2007/11/how-do-you-make-pegboard-girly.html

I'm really enjoying your posts - you've gained a loyal reader!