Building fiber studios in the air

Years ago, a woman I worked with who was going through a terrible time, told me she never day dreamed, never fantasized about anything. I don't recall the exact nature of the conversation, but she just didn't see the point.

I was gobsmacked. In my mid-20s at the time, I lived an extraordinary fantasy life, imaging assignations with royalty, book and magazine contracts falling from heaven like rain, fabulous outfits and a Democratic administration. My Walter Mitty existence didn't prevent my executing the daily stuff, but rather helped me sort out the goals and real dreams that would define my future.

While I'm not having many royal encounters these days, I still regularly converse with Oprah, design drop-dead sweaters and lull myself to sleep imagining the perfect fiber studio. Mine would be bright and sun-filled, rimmed with countless maple shelves and cubbies to hold books and yarn, a comfy sofa and reading chair, French doors and a mountain view, plenty of room to accommodate a large table, a desk or two, and a place where my umbrella swift and ball winder could live in the open. There would be wood or painted concrete floors covered with old, bright kilims or rugs I stitched myself. Counter space, cabinets and a sink for soapmaking, and a closet for my yoga props. There would have to be a discreet place for a litter box, too. And wouldn't radiant floor heat be nice?

Have you designed your fiber studio in the air?

Comments (6) -

January 17. 2008 00:15


Leslie:  I'm with you the benefits of an active fantasy life.  If you limit yourself in your subconscious...what's left?  I remember having a discussion with a friend years ago on this topic...we were fantasizing about something but she was stopping just short of the spectacular...she asked me how I could go farther with my dreams and I distinctly remember telling her she shouldn't have to set limits in fantasies.

I have the studio dream all the time.  I have wonderful pieces of the fantasy studio in several locations (including my shop) but long to have it all in one place where I can lock myself in for days at a time with good music, my espresso machine, and someone who slips fabulous meals through the door when I'm not looking.  *SIGH*  Gee, thanks for stirring that up again!

martie |

January 17. 2008 00:26


We are actually adding a room on to the back of our house which will primarily be my craft room.  It will also have a bathroom with a deep soaking tub off it & between it & the kitchen will be a walk in pantry & laundry room (so I no longer have to risk my neck on those steep steps to the basement).  My idea is to have 2 walls of closets with folding doors so that they can be opened to the room.  There will be a built in desk for my sewing machine & lots & lots of shelves/cubbies for my stash.  One wall will have 2 doors in it so not much wall space & the fourth wall will be mostly windows (but the sills will be about shoulder height so it's easy to arrange any furniture) & a glass or sliding door leading to a porch (with roof & walls on the 2 ends for privacy) that faces the back yard - no mountains (not in the Chicago area!!!)  I'm thinking maybe clerestory windows above the closets or regular windows at each end for light.  Probably in floor radiant heat - that's what I have in mind anyway - wood floors if not too expensive otherwise probably Pergo (I'm just thinking of the $2,000 it cost to install oak flooring in our much smaller kitchen 6 years ago).  I'm trying to figure out how to accomodate a large table for cutting out patterns for sewing that will not take up a lot of floor space - I'm thinking maybe something that fold down from the short wall unless I can find a large not too heavy folding table.  The architect is coming Monday.  

Donna |

January 17. 2008 00:29


I meant also to say that I too believe in fantasizing.  It got me through grade school!  I cannot imagine someone with so little imagination that they never day dream.  Do you think maybe she had been made to feel ashamed of it as a child & so was unwilling to admit to having fantasies (or maybe she was thinking that fantasies are strictly a sexual thing & is a prude)?

Donna |

January 18. 2008 08:08


I can empathize - when everything is awful fantasy can throw real life into too much contrast.  Admitting there are things that you want can give people the power to know what will most hurt you to be denied.  These days life is good, but that did remind me that things were not always so.  I actually (kind of) have my dream craft room now.  It's small and crammed full, but all mine & all my stuff gets to hang out together and inspire me instead of being stuffed into cubbies all over the house.

ellen |

January 21. 2008 08:08


I love to dream,  do it a lot..but I too understand limiting myself.  There are parts of my real life that are so frustrating that I wouldn't want to overdo the fantasy because coming back down again would stink!

About the fiber studio, that's why I started posting...what I'd love most is if everything were organized in class fronted cabinets, protected from dust and sunlight but so I could see it all.  My stash now hides in a closet in my office, and in boxes---I forget what I have!

Joanne |

January 29. 2008 16:39


Bookmarked your post over at Blog!

soapmaking |

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