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Creativity style: Neat or Messy?

2013 February 12
by elizabeth_admin

What is your creativity style?  Are you neat while you sew?  Putting away each tool as you use it, cleaning up scraps as you sew?  Or are you, like me, completely and unabashedly messy while sewing?  Letting the scraps fall where they will, bits and pieces all over the room as if your home had been ransacked by a team of professional burglars?



I think the picture above illustrates my creativity style eloquently.  No further words necessary actually.

I am still furiously working on the SSS, although today is D-Day.  I hit a major setback yesterday, but have some good workarounds offered from my sewing friends on FB again.  I hope I can make a good push to finish today.  Please send me good luck vibes.  I will need plenty to make it across the finish line.

So tell me, what is your creativity style?  Messy like me?  Or neat like a saint?


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  1. February 12, 2013

    Sending good luck with the SSS. As for my creativity style, its clean, saint… ummm… nope. I am notorious for putting items that I use back in its place. It drives me batty when I have stuff all over. Also my room isn’t that big. As the saying goes what works is what gets the job done.

  2. Rosie permalink
    February 12, 2013

    I’m a little bit of both – depending on the day you catch me or the mood I am in. As Sheila says – whatever gets the job done. Here’s to finishing the SSS!

  3. February 12, 2013

    I’m right there with you! My mess is an organised mess, of course.

  4. New Ribena permalink
    February 12, 2013

    My sewing room gets trashed during the project but I have to put all in order before I can start a new project.

    • February 12, 2013

      That’s what I do, too.

    • February 12, 2013

      I’m in the same camp as Ribena and Claudine.

      • annie permalink
        February 12, 2013

        Yes, I make a huge sewing mess w/ threads, scraps and pins everywhere. Then I clean up and start over again. There’s supposed to be some wisdom about not reusing pins that have been on the floor. I’d have to buy a new box of pins for every project if I subscribed to that notion.

    • February 12, 2013

      ^ I’m with her. My sewing room looks like a tornado tore through it when I’m working on something, but I try (and mostly succeed) to put everything away before I start a new project.

  5. February 12, 2013

    My husband summed up my process once as “sometimes you have to destroy to create”.

  6. February 12, 2013

    If I had the space you do I would totally be that messy. Lack of sewing room makes it necessary to be slightly more organized, but I do tend to be messy during a project. I try to clean between projects as much as I can though, otherwise I think I would go mad looking for things.

  7. renee permalink
    February 12, 2013

    Umm, my sewing area looks way WAY way worse than this

  8. February 12, 2013

    I a cluttered seamstress too. I equate my self to a more advanced “Eleanor Burns”; just toss the scrap over my shoulder. Thank goodness I’m in a room where I can just close the door till I’ve finished a project.

    Why interrupt my creative juices when I’m on a roll. Like everyone else, I pick up when I’ve completed a project, and before I start the next.

  9. February 12, 2013

    Ha ha ha — I’m just like you. Only, sadly, I sew in my living room!

  10. February 12, 2013

    Hmm looks like my place! I find it hard to start in a mess (that’s kitchen too) so before I start projects be it dinner or sewing; I have to tidy up and then start. I so wish (plan?) for a large room to be able to sew and leave but have the space for semi-tidy work. My sewing/study is getting painted and some extra storage right now (I’m nearly done) and I hope to set up my iMac, sewing machine, coverstitch (never used) and overlocker up so I can study and sew in a pleasant place. Nearly there!!

  11. February 12, 2013

    My bedroom looks just like this! Except, much much much smaller. 🙂

  12. February 12, 2013

    I have a large sewing studio that is usually a mess. There’s no need to keep it tidy while I’m working on a project, but I clean up after each one.
    However, I’m neat while I sew. As I trim threads and seam allowances, all goes into the trash. I keep my tools in specific places so I can find them when needed. I have duplicates so there can be a clear ruler at my cutting table as well as my sewing table, and scissors at the cutting table, sewing table, and ironing board.
    I hope you’re able to finish your project!

  13. February 12, 2013

    Umm – I think I’m more clean than messy. I clean up scraps as I go but leave all the tools out until I’m done. Then I clean everything up and start again. g

  14. February 13, 2013

    I think the following quote sums it up nicely and definetely describes me!

    ” Creativity is very messy and I’m very creative”

  15. February 13, 2013

    My studio is where I meet clients as well as where I sew. That forces me to be neater than I am by nature, so I don’t have a huge mess to clean up before an appointment. I like starting work from a place of order, too, like Sofie said, so I often find myself straightening up the studio before I start to work. I try to drop trimmings in the waste basket as I go, but the dang thing must wander – it’s not always right under me where I’m working, even though I have two of them within 6 feet of one another! Duplicate tools do help, as Dixie said – I must have 4 of those 6-in sewing gauges scattered between my counters, cutting table and ironing board!

  16. Judi permalink
    February 13, 2013

    I’m neat, but maybe that’s the problem. You accomplish way way way more than I do, so tonight when I sew I’m gong to make a mess or at least not worry about picking up anything until I’m done. 🙂

  17. February 13, 2013

    I used to be very neat because my sewing extended into the dining room (dining table = cutting table) and family room (pressing area), but now that I have a dedicated room, my true nature has come through — a complete mess! I have torn pieces of tissue paper strewn on the floor and fabric scraps everywhere. The sad thing is that I walk into the room, make a mental note, but then proceed to ignore it and move on with my project!

  18. Elaray permalink
    February 13, 2013

    I’m solidly in the middle of the clean-messy spectrum. I put tools in the general area of where they belong while sewing. When I finish, I put everything away. One thing I don’t do enough of is vacuuming. I wish I didn’t have carpet in the sewing room, but I probably wouldn’t sweep either if I had hard floors.

  19. February 15, 2013

    Ha! Compared to my sewing room your photo almost looks staged. This is clearly the mess of only a few projects. My sewing room has years of accumulation, years!!!! That kind of patina takes time.

  20. February 17, 2013

    If that’s messy, then I’m not sure what to call the swamp that I am currently trying to work in. You know it’s bad when you have to shove stuff to one side to make a large enough clear space on your cutting table to almost have enough room to cut something small. I’m ironing on my sleeve board right now if that tells you anything.

    Must clean the sewing room. Soon. Next week maybe. Or April.

  21. February 19, 2013

    I used to have a totally cluttered sewing room/bedroom that was temporarily sparkling clean in-between projects. Then I started dating a guy who has worked in industrial assembling (of pretty big machines) and he was bewildered as to how I could find anything in the mess and wondered if it didn’t stiffle my creativity. He made suggestions, I turned them around a few times, made alterations to fit me and my style. An IKEA-trip later I had a sewing area that takes 5 min to tidy up after each project. (Wrote a post about it… ) Everything is easily accesible (and therefor easy to put away) and a place where it’s supposed to be. The only thing I leave out during project is the pattern pieces or the cut out fabric (sits in a pile on my desk), everything else spends the night at home =)
    This is what works for me, and to my surprise I actually do find it easier to be creative now! Less time is spent digging and searching, and it just feels so much more alluring to start the sewing session in a tidy area, just picking together the stuff I need as I go along.

    But that’s me, and maybe I’m a bit over-organized =) (I have a job in administration and I really love it…). I’m actually quite impressed with people who can focus and ignore clutter! Wish I had that skill ; )

  22. February 19, 2013

    Messy all the way!! At least this makes me feel much better about my own mess 🙂

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