Sewing room or studio

My Mom did not know how to sew until she remade my older sister's room into a sewing room. I had been sewing on the kitchen table or in the family room for 3 or 4 years when my sister got married. A dedicated room seemed like a decadent indulgence beyond my wildest dreams.  I even taught my Mom how to sew straight seams in what we always called The Sewing Room.

studio reI continued to call it that for decades. My sewing room was sometimes a separate room, sometimes a spot carved out in the basement and even just a corner of the Master Bedroom.

As our girls started moving out, I gained a space of my own and finally claimed the whole loft. It was glorious and seemed to deserve an elevated title.

I spied this sign at a local craft show and requested it for Christmas. Santa obliged and then I started thinking, do I have a sewing room or a sewing studio? And why all the angst?

Sewing room was a term with which I was comfortable. It meant the comfy room where I could leave out a project and didn't have to clean it all up and put stuff away each night.

A studio, on the other hand, seemed more important. Painters have studios or important quilters have them. I looked up the definition of the word studio at

stu·di·o -  noun, plural stu·di·os.
1. the workroom or atelier of an artist, as a painter or sculptor.
2. a room or place for instruction or experimentation in one of the performing arts.

I see there the word artist. Maybe in order to consider my spot a studio, I had to consider myself an artist. I had to elevate my view of myself.

I posted the same picture and query on Instagram and quilters were quick to come down on the side of Studio, not sewing room.

I want to be so quick to value myself and what I do. I am going to work on it. I will see which word/designation seems natural.

How about you? Do you work in a sewing room or studio?

Either way, I hope you are sew happy with it.

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