The conversion of garage to art studio began this week. I tiptoed upstairs to see the progress during lunch. The framing confirms that I like my plans; it assures me that the end results will work. The craftsmanship also informs me about my own work.
I have been complimented over my years of custom sewing, both functional and artistic, that my work has a tidy finish. People detect the quality with their eyes and hands; they probably think it comes from careful stitching. It is as much a result of mindful cutting and frequent pressing.
My early sewing years included hours of alteration and repair work on garments, operations that often require stitching with limited access. Stitches are not as tidy as when constructing a new garment. The attractive alteration requires good trimming and snipping and careful pressing, in addition to accurate stitches. Just as the well cut and placed framing provide the structure for the walls and ceiling, the crisp finish relies on cutting and pressing.