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CRAFT: Make Space for Crafting

(Photo by: Laura Malek)
During our Craft Spaces interviews, we posed a couple of questions relating to crafting on the go to our spotlighted crafters. One of the questions we asked was:

How do you organize your craft space to allow for quick pick-up-and-go crafting? (Possibly for workshop teaching?)

Find out the answers from the crafters we’ve profiled so far below. You can visit their Craft Spaces Q&A by clicking on their name. (Pictured above is Ellen Luckett Baker‘s craft room.)
Kristin Roach: I teach a lot of workshops locally, so it’s important that I’m easily able to grab what I need and go with it. Everything having a home makes it easy to find and then put away my workshop supplies. Also, keeping supplies grouped by type really helps, if I’m teaching book binding, I grab that bin and I know I’m good to go.
Diane Gilleland: I do a lot of teaching, so I have a whole series of ziploc bags in the garage filled with those materials. I have a big bag of scissors, one of needles, one of glue bottles, one of pencils, and so on. When I need to go teach, I just pull out the bags I need and pack my teaching suitcase.
Betz White: I have a few big clear plastic bins that I use for storing workshop supplies, trunk show samples, etc. I have them labeled and stacked in the eaves of the house at the ready!
Ellen Luckett Baker: I try to keep a notebook in my purse, but I often jot down pattern ideas and drawings on receipts, envelopes, or whatever is handy. When an idea strikes, I am frequently unprepared!
Susan Beal: I usually teach bead or button crafts, and those plastic boxes with snap-tight lids are so easy to pack into bags or boxes for workshops. For bigger classes, I have 25 sets of flat-nose and round-nose pliers and wire cutters organized with rings of colored tape around the handles. I keep each set of 25 in a huge Ziploc bag and it’s so easy to sort them fast by looking at the tape colors.
Cathy Callahan: Those big canvas tote bags that have been a lifesaver. One of the places I teach has street parking so sometimes it’s a block or two walk so having something I can easily carry is essential. I keep my class supplies stored in the bags so i’m always ready to go. I got mine form Land’s End – look for sales – they are very well made and will last you for years. I got the large one on sale last year and it was only about $15.
Check back tomorrow morning to find out how these crafters organize their on-the-go craft supplies!


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