I am working out in McCarthy, Alaska right now. It doesn’t get any better than this. I am stitching away in the Wrangell St. Elias National Park. This is our cabin looking pretty spiffy with a new paint job. Around back on the right side is my studio.
I wrote about my McCarthy Sewing Studio several summers ago, and I think it is time for revisit. Earlier this summer, I posted a photo of the doors to my McCarthy studio on Instagram and tooheycohen commented, “You making a She Shed?”
I didn’t even know that term existed, but it is a real thing. There’s more than 42,688 images with the hashtag #sheshed. Sometimes I think I must be living under an ironing board.
So yes, I have a She Shed. Not as fancy as these decked out numbers, but it is highly functional.
I debated about cleaning the space up for you folks to look at, but I decided not to. Which means this what the studio looks like when several quilts are in progress.
We finally fully attached the felt covering to this wall. The only drawback is the support beam in the middle of the room, but I am not complaining.
The wall is not level. How do we know that? Well, he wall is covered in a squared piece of fabric. Look at the lower edge of the design wall–that is the lack of squared-ness. You can expect a bit of settling with a 100 year old house built in a sub-arctic climate.
The gaps in the wood provide a lovely breeze but prohibit winter time use of this space. I must always remember to pin everything on the design wall down. More than once, I have showed up the next day to find that my work has been blown all over the place.
On a hot day, the sunlight twinkles through.
My friends know that if the barn doors are up, they are welcome to stop by. We chat while I work.
The space is powered by the sun. Thank you Sustainable Arts Foundation for granting me the funds to buy the solar system that powers my iron.
Since the last time I wrote about my plein air studio, I got a new sewing table and new flooring.
My husband hauled every bit of this studio out here and installed it for me. Thank you Walt.
It is good for the locals to know, that If you stop in the middle of the road to gossip, I will hear you.