Check out this Victorian workspace for jewelry-making

The Wyrding Studio workspace.
The Wyrding Studios workspace.

Over on Offbeat Bride, we're featuring our sponsor Kythryn from Wyrding Studios. Along with some of her awesome sculptural jewelry, she also shared with us a glimpse into her workspace, and I couldn't resist sharing it with the Homies…

I work in one corner of the living room of my Victorian house — it’s a brick hearth where a woodstove used to be — in an amazing antique chair that I found at a thrift store. My workbench is an antique sewing machine table.

Most of the paintings are done by friends: The DNA angel is MCA Hogarth, the street scene is by a local Iraqi painter — merging the streets here in Concord New Hampshire and his old neighborhood in Baghdad. And there are a couple of little paintings by Erin Morgenstern (author of The Night Circus — I’ve made a number of necklaces for her!) tucked in among the crystals and stones and various sentimental items.

This is a pretty typical work day — there are some necklaces in progress on the workbench, some bagged inventory items that I just added to the website today, and a giant bowl of beads that people love to rummage through when they’re here.

Go check out the amazing wearable sculptures that she's created for people in that space. Or submit your own awesome work space for us to see!

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  1. I love this space! I would feel so at home here. I can't send a picture of my work space because it depends on what I am working on. My sewing machine is in my bedroom on top of an old treadle machine table. If I crochet I usually sit in my living room, there is yarn all over the apartment as well as a HUGE amount of fabric. If I am printing fabric, journaling, beading, working with polymer clay, scrapbooking etc then I am in my kitchen. Since I have no dining room my dining table has been squeezed into the kitchen. It is an antique table with benches but the benches are atop one another on top of my table to provide shelf space for craft books and bead and mixed media supplies and whatever else I collect, which is a lot. My son, who is in college,has to sleep in the living room because the 2nd bedroom has been taken over with fabric, yarn, books, etc. He is very sweet and obliging of my inventory and very encouraging. He is also an artist and a writer so he understands. Anyway, that Victorian place is right up my alley. A lot of my furniture is antique, mainly from my great grandmother and grandmother. I love the history these pieces hold and those ladies and my mother were all very crafty as well, so I feel very connected to them when I am creating. So important to me. I think I forgot the original question. Oh well, always fun to write to anyone who wants to read it.

    Carole

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    • I thought I was the only one who put furniture on top of furniture like that! I used to have an antique coffeetable on top of my desk so that I could have sit-down writing space below while I sorted papers on top. Now I have my office under my loft-bed, so there's no room for that, but I do other things to compensate.

      You sound like you manage space a lot like I do. The top of my loft bed is my "bedroom", complete with shelves, under it is my office, to the left my ladder and "closet" (dyed fishnet hung from the wall with hangers on it, the clothes layered like scales) to the right is my vanity area (jewelry hung from the wood of the loft bed, a mirror, and a table holding make-up and hair fixin's) In the space between the original loft bed and the shelf I hang scarves and store books I want to read when I'm done with the ones "upstairs" (and store magazines under the ladder) I keep socks and underwear in bins held between the top of the ladder and the wall, and in front of the loft bed I have a workbench. Some tool storage also goes on in the front of the under-loftbed space, including jewelry boxes with various small parts in them. And then there's another loft above that, with its ladder opposite my lift-bed ladder, which holds my sewing nook and yarn. When you don't have much horizontal space, go vertical!

          • I love the fishnet idea. How do you hold it up? I live in an apt so I have to be careful what I attach to the walls and how. I make a lot of handbags so they are all displayed on my living room wall above the sofabed (where my son sleeps when he is home) and they are hung using those removable hooks. Every available door has hooks on them to display all the scarves I make and books are everywhere and anywhere I can place them, stack them, pile them and display them. I am a bookaholic especially when it comes to crafts. It sounds like we both need bigger places.

  2. I'm lucky in that my bedroom, because of the loft, has an unusually high ceiling, and at the normal ceiling height there is a molding, so I put small nails into the top of the molding where they don't show. However, you can use approved apartment-hooks, the kind that are held up by several tiny nails that one can easily remove without much of a hole. And the higher up you hang it, the less noticeable the holes. Or you can run a clothesline through the top loops of the net and hang it from that. I originally started using a fishnet for hanging laundry, when I had no dryer and limited hanging space.

    Keep in mind that you have to hang clothes carefully, making sure that the clothes in front of them press them into the right position instead of adding new wrinkles. Wire hangers work best.

  3. What's the name of the local Iraqi artist? I'm sure he'd want full credit even if he doesn't have an online presence!

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