Guest post :  A woolly hat for your shed

Thanks to Andy from Workshopshed.com for this guest post about insultation your shed roof.

Everyone knows when it’s cold you put a hat on to keep warm and every house has loft insulation. But when building a shed we typically only have a layer of board topped with felt to keep us warm. My shed was particularly bad as the roof only consisted of some corrugated plastic meaning that even with the heater on it did not keep warm.

Here’s how I retrofitted an insulated roof to my shed with some ideas as to how you might do this yourself.

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My shed already had a frame supporting the roof so I knew it would be ok for some extra weight. If your walls are a bit flimsy then you want to consider re-enforcing these before you begin.

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In my case, I needed to replace all of the roof so I used tongue and groove for the inner skin. However, it is quite possible to put the new roof on top of the old. The result is a sandwich of wood and insulation with battens for spacing and support.

Materials

  • Insulation, blocks are easiest
  • Timber for battens
  • Board such OSB
  • Felt
  • Screws, drywall or exterior
  • Clout nails

Tools

  • Saw
  • Hammer
  • Screwdriver
  • Drill

The first step is to remove the existing felt so that you can measure up for the battens. My shed is a bit of a peculiar shape so my batten frame had to match that. Otherwise, you just need a simple rectangle. When using multiple boards, fit cross struts at the places where those boards meet. If you are planning skylights then add extra battens around that area too. The frame can be made up in advance of putting it on the roof. For a large roof, multiple frames may prove more manageable. Place the frame on the roof and screw through from below to secure.

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You can now fit the insulation into the frame. For block insulation, this should be straightforward. If you want to use rolled loft insulation then you will need to work out a way of stopping it all sinking to the bottom, perhaps cross wires held with screw eyes?

The top of this sandwich is OSB, if you cut this a bit larger than the frame then you can avoid a gap at the ridge. Otherwise like me, you will need to fit a piece of timber in the gap. Before fixing, I find it useful to pencil on where the battens are located. This makes it easier to ensure your screws will go through the top sheet and secure into the batten. You want the screws to be flush with the board so they don’t rip the felt. I drilled holes for mine but found I did not need to countersink them because the drywall screws do that themselves.

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For extra waterproofing an under-felt was added, this is the felt that’s used for house roofs and does not have the stone chippings of regular roofing felt. It was cheaper than regular felt and the stones are only needed on the top layer to protect from the sun. So, to top it all off regular roofing felt was used, held in place with clout nails.

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The shed still gets cold in the winter as it’s not constantly heated. It quickly warms up with a fan heater and keeps the heat. This means the fan heater can be turned down or off and the shed is still a pleasant place to work.

You can visit Andy’s website for great posts on his various make projects (includes dragons and 3d Printing), or follow him on twitter.


If you as a sheddie have an interesting build or fix you would like to share with the sheddies then Let me know.

The Toolshed Journal and Colouring Book by John Lee Phillips

You may have remembered the brilliant John Lee Phillips’s project to draw all the items in his grandad’s shed – well he has a book coming out that highlights some of excellent work.

A photo posted by @leejohnphillips on

I look forward to looking at them in more details when they come out.

The details from the publisher Laurence King

Started in 2013, originally as one drawing a day, Phillips’ Shed Project documents item by item the contents of his late grandfather’s shed.

Lee estimates there are 100,000 objects in the shed, from rusting hammers and saws, from rivets and nails to scissors and paintbrushes. He has currently drawn 4,600 of them.

Yet he refuses to be daunted by the task, painstakingly drawing and cataloguing each item to help to keep the memory of his grandfather alive.

Toolshed Journal is a beautifully designed journal, featuring three different stocks and 40 illustrations (both full-page and details) drawn from Lee John Phillips’ attention-grabbing Shed Project.
With a page of stickers and a mixture of illustrated and blank pages to write on.

The Toolshed Colouring Book is perhaps the first colouring book aimed at sheddies, and features 50 illustrations from Lee John Phillips’ Shed Project.

The books are out on 23 Sep 2016

The Shed of the year 2016 is the …. West Wing

ECCENTRIC ECO SHED CROWNED 2016 SHED OF THE YEAR

Remarkable ‘West Wing’ in Berkshire crowned overall winner of the highly coveted Cuprinol Shed of the Year competition 2016
Thousands of Brits across the nation tuned in to watch George Clarke announce the winner during the final episode of hit Channel 4’s ‘Amazing Spaces Shed of the Year’ Annual competition sponsored by Cuprinol showcases the UK’s most outrageously spectacular sheds

 

Following a record-breaking 2,825 entries and 12,292 public votes, ‘West Wing’ from Berkshire has been crowned winner of the Cuprinol Shed of the Year competition 2016. Made from 90% recycled material and featuring a hidden room behind a secret bookcase, ‘West Wing’ took out the top honour in a nail biting season finale.

After a tense and lengthy deliberation between the show’s judges, competition founder, Uncle Wilco (Andrew Wilcox), George Clarke, the Amazing Spaces team William Hardie, Laura Clark and Max McMurdo, tonight’s episode saw a distinct favourite emerge.

 

George Clarke Shed of the year finalists
George Clarke Shed of the year finalists

The West Wing, a family-friendly labour of love over eight years, has three separate sections including a spacious loft which as an area to sleep and wind down, a large workshop space for ‘shedworking’ and a secret bookcase that reveals a hidden room for the kids to enjoy. The eco-friendly shed, with its warm and cozy charm, is a quirky getaway at the bottom of the garden.

Revealed by George Clarke on Channel 4’s ‘Amazing Spaces Shed of the Year’, the exhilarating competition came to a close with ‘West Wing’ shed owner, Kevin Herbert, taking home the coveted title along with £1,000 courtesy of sponsors Cuprinol, £100 of Cuprinol products, a winner’s plaque and a giant crown for his shed.

When asked about his winning shed, creator Kevin said: “We were up against some tough competition this year as the sheds were more eccentric and impressive than ever before. So I am so honored and proud that my shed at the bottom of the garden was chosen as the winner of Shed of the Year 2016. I just want to say a huge thanks to everyone who voted for West Wing – the eight years that it took to build has really paid off!”

After winning the Eco Category in episode two, ‘West Wing’ went head-to-head with the seven other quirky category winners as decided by the public including ‘The Chapel’, winner of the Unexpected Category, ‘Shed of Dreams’, Cabin & Summerhouse Category winner, ‘Cowpe Smithy’, Workshop & Studio Category winner, ‘The Rotating Shed’, Unique Category winner, ‘Hooting Owl’, Pub & Entertainment Category winner, ‘Ilona’s Summerhouse, Budget Category winner and ‘Wychurst Longhall’, Historic Category winner.

Andrew Wilcox, Founder of Cuprinol’s Shed of the Year says: “Picking the winner is always a tough decision. After we narrowed down the sheds to the last few standing, the final decision had a lot of discussion, but there was a clear winner when it came to choosing Kevin’s shed. I absolutely love West Wing, not only for its quirkiness in terms of its design and use, but also because of the determination that Kevin had to get it built. I hope it inspires other sheddies around the UK to build their own amazing spaces in time for Cuprinol’s Shed of the Year 2017.”

George Clarke and The Shed of the Year finalists
George Clarke and The Shed of the Year judges

Brand Manager Katie Taylor for Cuprinol, says: “We’re really proud to sponsor Shed of the Year for the ninth time running. Year on year, we are blown away by the amazing creativity and hard work of the sheddies around the UK and West Wing is no exception. It’s clear that the humble garden shed is no longer just a space to store garden tools, as you can see the West Wing use it as an extra living space where they can spend more time enjoying either quiet or family time. We hope the competition will inspire the nation to make the most of the outdoor space they have, no matter how big or small.”

To see more details on category winners visit readersheds.co.uk.
To see me details on the full shortlist visit cuprinol.co.uk/shedoftheyear.jsp

THE WINNERS

ECO WINNER AND OVERALL SHED OF THE YEAR 2016 WINNER

West Wing: Owned by Kevin Herbert in Berkshire.

Made from 90% recycled materials and set across three sections, the West Wing includes a bed in loft space, an area to relax and escape, a secret bookcase, a play area, storage and workshop.
Link: http://www.readersheds.co.uk/share.cfm?SHARESHED=5840

WORKSHOP & STUDIO WINNER

Cowpe Smithy: Owned by Robin Sharples in Lancashire.

Built to replicate a corrugated iron and timber workshop common after World War One, Cowpe Smithy is clad with salvaged air raid shelter corrugated iron obtained from a closing military surplus dealer. The shed also houses a large collection of Blacksmiths Anvils.
Link: http://www.readersheds.co.uk/share.cfm?SHARESHED=5618

CABIN & SUMMERHOUSE WINNER

Shed of Dreams: Owned by Oliver Renison in Warwickshire.

This property features not one, but two sheds.
Shed of Dreams features an unconventional roof with a Gothic arch. The shed has a Gothic ‘Trefoil’ made using washing machine doors and has a stove fitted and alfresco setting. The River Shed is a communal shed on an allotment plot right by the riverside. The shed stands on the footprint of a dilapidated shed and is built from treated timber.
Link: http://www.readersheds.co.uk/share.cfm?SHARESHED=5837

UNIQUE SHED WINNER

Rotating Shed: Owned by Bryan Lewis Jones in Benbighshire.

As the name suggests, the stunning open plan, curved architectural design rotates through 360 degrees to follow the sunlight throughout the day. Featuring inviting lounge chairs and a sumptuous fireplace, the shed is a great retreat.
Link: http://www.readersheds.co.uk/share.cfm?SHARESHED=5604

PUB/ENTERTAINMENT SHED WINNER

Hooting Owl: Owned by Derek McCarthy in Limerick.

All of the materials used to build this were shipped all the way from the Tatra Mountains at the heart of Zakopane in Poland where the design was originally inspired. Featuring a stone fireplace, the shed has been used to house many a card game, party and evening of serene contemplation.
Link: http://www.readersheds.co.uk/share.cfm?SHARESHED=5038

HISTORICAL SHED WINNER

Wychurst Longhall: Owned by Roland Williamson and friends in Kent.

An impressive sight as the largest reconstructed early mediaeval building in private hands in Europe, Wychurst Longhall was constructed by members of various re-enactment societies. Built entirely of English oak, the shed is situated in a patch of secluded woodland near Canterbury in Kent.
Link: http://www.readersheds.co.uk/share.cfm?SHARESHED=5749

BUDGET SHED WINNER
Ilona’s Summerhouse: Owned by Ilona in North Lincolnshire.

Hand crafted by a first-time builder with recycled materials of pallets, doors, polycarbonate roof and reclaimed paving slabs, this shed is a little sunlit hideaway.
Link: http://www.readersheds.co.uk/share.cfm?SHARESHED=5634
UNEXPECTED SHED WINNER
The Chapel: Owned by Jamie Taylor in Warwickshire.

Originally built in the 60s (although originally dated back 150 years) Jamie has revitalised the chapel with his own flare while maintaining the theme.
Link: http://www.readersheds.co.uk/share.cfm?SHARESHED=5808

Shed of the year 2016: Workshop and Pub shed winners announced

WW1 WORKSHOP AND WOODLAND PUB: SECOND WAVE OF CUPRINOL SHED OF THE YEAR FINALISTS ANNOUNCED

A World War I inspired workshop, equipped with a traditional coke fired forge and a cosy woodland shed furnished with a fully stocked bar have been announced as the second round of winners in Cuprinol’s Shed of the Year 2016 competition.

As part of the annual celebration which honours Britain’s most spectacular sheds, the second leg of the competition crowned the two winners of the Workshop & Studio and Pub & Entertainment categories.

Taking home the prize for Best Workshop & Studio Shed, the WW1 cabin Cowpe Smithy fought off tough competition to be crowned overall category winner on Channel 4’s ‘Amazing Spaces Shed of the Year’ last night.

Clad with salvaged corrugated iron that was used in the trenches during World War I, Cowpe Smithy houses antique forging tools which owner Robin Sharples uses to recreate the work of a village blacksmith.

Meanwhile, Derek McCarthy from Limerick, beat three other impressive shortlisted sheds to become winner of Best Party & Entertainment Shed for his Hooting Owl. Constructed of materials that were shipped from the Tatra Mountains in Poland, Hooting Owl is a space of pure enjoyment where guests are invited to make use of the bar equipped with beer taps and party the evening way.

The two winning sheds were announced tonight by George Clarke on the Channel 4’s hit series ‘Amazing Spaces Shed of the Year’, produced by Plum Pictures. Category winners are being announced during each episode of the four-part series, with the final winner being announced in the last episode in August.

Cowpe Smithy and Hooting Owl have now secured their place in the final which will see them up against six other category winners in a battle to be crowned Cuprinol Shed of the Year 2016.

Best Workshop & Studio Shed winner, Robin Sharples says: “I’m truly honoured to have won the Workshop & Studio Category in the Shed of the Year competition. Cowpe Smithy has real sentimental value to me, as it was built as a place to pursue my hobby of blacksmithing after I had to end my apprenticeship as a blacksmith many years ago. I’m delighted that its antique charm and its workshop use are appreciated by the public.”

Best Pub/Entertainment winner, Derek McCarthy says: “The Hooting Owl was always a sociable space from the minute we started building it. With the help of my Polish friends who brought the materials over from Poland, we built the shed together with my family too. We love entertaining guests, whether it be over a game of cards or a full night of partying, and I’m so glad that the public appreciate it as much as we do.”

The overall winner will be decided by a panel of shed experts including the founder of the competition Uncle Wilco (Andrew Wilcox), last year’s winner Walter Micklethwait, George Clarke and his expert team; craftsman William Hardie, architect Laura Clark and industrial designer Max McMurdo.

Shed of the year 2016: Eco and Unexpected categories

As part of Cuprinol’s annual celebration which honours Britain’s most spectacular sheds, the first leg of the competition pulled in a record 12,292 public votes and crowned the two spaces winners of the Eco and Unexpected Categories.

Taking home the prize for Best Eco Shed, The West Wing, boasts a spacious loft with an area to sleep, a large workshop space for ‘shedworking’ and a secret bookcase that reveals a hidden room for the kids to enjoy. The eco-friendly shed fought off stiff competition to be crowned overall category winner on Channel 4’s ‘Amazing Spaces Shed of the Year’ last night.

Owned by Kevin Herbert, this eco shed is constructed from nearly 90% recycled materials, and took Kevin over eight years to construct.

Meanwhile, the Haunted Chapel owned by Jamie Taylor in Warwickshire beat three other impressive shortlisted sheds to become winner of Best Unexpected Shed for his hidden 150 year old shed.

The chapel includes original wooden pews, as well as a hymn board and has been host to a number of Halloween parties.

The two winning sheds were announced last night by George Clarke on the Channel 4’s hit series ‘Amazing Spaces Shed of the Year’, produced by Plum Pictures and sponsored by Cuprinol. Category winners are being announced during each episode of the four-part series, with the final winner being announced in the last episode in August.

The Haunted Chapel and West Wing have now secured their place in the final which will see them up against six other category winners in a battle to be crowned Cuprinol Shed of the Year 2016.

Best Eco Shed winner, Kevin Herbert says: “Being part of Cuprinol Shed of the Year 2016 has been such an exciting journey and to win the Eco category is a huge honour. The West Wing was definitely a labour of love, taking eight years to construct. It was designed to give us a space that the whole family could enjoy, and the secret rooms have definitely been a hit.”

Best Unexpected winner, Bryan Jamie Taylor says: “I’m honoured to have won the Unexpected Category in the Shed of the Year competition. I really didn’t expect it at all with the level of creativity and style this year being so high. The Chapel has been great fun to create and it’s amazing that it has been there for over 150 years!”

The overall winner will be decided by a panel of shed experts including the founder of the competition Uncle Wilco (Andrew Wilcox), last year’s winner Walter Micklethwait, George Clarke and his expert team; craftsman William Hardie, architect Laura Clark and industrial designer Max McMurdo.

Shed of the year 2016: Historic & Unique shed winners announced

The first two sheds that will fight to be Shed of the year 2016 have been decided by the public vote.

  • Impressive outdoor spaces announced as first two category winners in Cuprinol-sponsored competition
  • Category winners are being revealed each week on Channel 4’s four-part series ‘Amazing Spaces Shed of the Year’
  • Two winners will now battle six other category winners to be crowned Cuprinol Shed of the Year 2016
  • Europe’s largest private-owned medieval reconstruction and an outdoor haven that rotates a complete 360 degrees have been announced as the first batch of winners in Cuprinol’s Shed of the Year 2016 competition.

    As part of the annual celebration which honours Britain’s most spectacular sheds, the first leg of the competition pulled in a record 12,292 public votes and crowned the two spaces winners of the Historical and Unique categories respectively.

    Taking home the prize for Best Historic Shed, the Anglo-Saxon inspired Wychurst Longhall, Europe’s largest privately-owned medieval reconstruction, fought off stiff competition to be crowned overall category winner on Channel 4’s ‘Amazing Spaces Shed of the Year’

    Owned by Roland Williamson and friends from Kent and created entirely from English oak harvested from the county, Wychurst Longhall was constructed as a space to enjoy lavish banquets, clay pottery and other medieval-inspired activities.

    Meanwhile, Bryan Lewis Jones from Denbighshire, beat three other impressive shortlisted sheds to become winner of Best Unique Shed for his Rotating Shed which follows the sun to revolve a complete 360 degrees throughout the day.

    Best Historic Shed winner, Roland Williamson says: “Being part of Cuprinol Shed of the Year 2016 has been such an exciting journey and to win the Historic category is a huge honour. Wychurst Longha
    ll was built by members of our Anglo-Saxon re-enactment society with the aim of creating as authentic an atmosphere as possible to carry out our hobby. The space really gives us a true sense of community where we can momentarily escape our modern selves and enjoy the medieval-style manor.”

    Best Unique Shed winner, Bryan Lewis Jones says: “I’m honoured to have won the Unique Category in the Shed of the Year competition. I really didn’t expect it at all with the level of creativity and style this year being so high! The Rotating Shed, with its quirky design and high tech additions, definitely fits in with the competition which is all about celebrating the best of British sheds.”

    The overall winner will be decided by a panel of shed experts including the founder of the competition Uncle Wilco (Andrew Wilcox), last year’s winner Walter Micklethwait, George Clarke and his expert team; craftsman William Hardie, architect Laura Clark and industrial designer Max McMurdo.

    Watch the trailer for Shed of the year 2016

    By now you will probably have seen the great advert for this year’s Shed of the year on Channel4.

    The dates & details for the show are here, and the finalists are here.

    I will be live tweeting the show on Friday over here, make sure you use the #shedoftheyear hashtag.

    Massive thanks to Shed of the year sponsors Cuprinol

    and of course for Plum pictures for doing all the telly work 🙂

    What day and time is Shed of the year 2016 on Channel 4?

    YES it’s back – Shed of the year 2016 competition will be broadcasted on Channel 4 starting on Fri 29 Jul, 8pm

    Ep 1 is Unique and Historic
    Ep 2 is Eco and Unexpected
    Ep 3 is Pub/entertainment and workshop/studio
    Ep 4 is Budget and Cabin/summerhouse & Final

    Join George Clarke, Will Hardie, Laura Clark, Max Mcmurdo, myself and last years winner Walter – as we judge the  amazing unique sheds that you the sheddies have created to win the title of Shed of the year.

    You can view the finalists here.

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    All the world loves a shed

    The past week I have been delighted that the word of the sheds and the brilliant shed of the year finalists have been covered in traditional media but also the quirky side of the web.

    Here is a selection of the coverage we have got – a massive thanks should go of course to the Cuprinol team at Mischief Pr who do all the hard work dealing with press enquiries.

    Anyway Voting closes midday on June 8th over on the homepage.

    Shed of the year 2016 shortlist – all the sheds announced

    The UK’s most outrageously spectacular sheds battle it out for top honour of Shed of the Year.

    Cuprinol’s Shed of the Year has announced the highly anticipated shortlist for 2016 showcasing this year’s most wacky, wonderful and extravagant sheds.

    Voting is now open for the public to decide on the eight category winners .

    Finalists to appear on hit TV series ‘Amazing Spaces Shed of the Year’, airing on Channel 4 this summer with the overall winner to be revealed in the finale.

    Following a record-breaking 2,825 entries into Cuprinol’s annual Shed of the Year competition, the much anticipated list of finalists can now be revealed, featuring some of the most spectacular sheds ever seen in the competition’s nine year history.

    Back and better than ever, the shortlist covers everything from Star Wars to real-life crocodiles, hydraulics to Viking hideouts, 360 degree rotating floors to nuclear bunkers, sheds on wheels to entire shed villages and much more.

    The finalists comprise of the top four sheds entered into each of the eight categories which include Eco, Unexpected, Pub & Entertainment, Workshop & Studio, Unique, Cabin & Summerhouse, Historical and Budget. From the most outlandish structures suitable for Grand Designs to the ingenious creations of crafty DIY’ers, the annual competition will celebrate the UK’s most weird, wacky and wonderful sheds all vying to be crowned Shed of the Year for 2016.

     

    UNEXPECTED

    The ‘Raisebury’

    The Chapel

    Crocodile shed

    The Dolls’ House

    ECO

    STRAWDIO

    The Cob Shed

    Love Shack

    West wing

    CABIN/SUMMERHOUSE

    Boatcrash

    The Talliston Cabin

    Shed of Dreams

    Austin Camper Shed

    WORKSHOP/STUDIO

    Cowpe Smithy

    Sci-Fi Shed

    Povera

    lawnside house

    PUB/ENTERTAINMENT

    The Hooting Owl

    Stephens bar

    THE PARTY SHED

    Tranquility Saloon

    BUDGET

    the walnuts

    Bespoke Summerhouse aka The beach Hut

    Art studio PEG

    old garden shed

    HISTORIC

    Dun 25

    Air Cavalry Bunker

    Wychurst

    The Writing Shed

     

    UNIQUE

    For the third year running, the shortlisted sheds will feature on hit TV series ‘Amazing Spaces Shed of the Year’, produced by Plum Pictures, airing on Channel 4 this summer.

    The category winners will be revealed on the show over the four week programme and the eight winners will then go head-to-head in a battle to become the overall winner.

    Selected by a panel of shed experts including the founder of the competition, Andrew Wilcox, George Clarke and his expert team; craftsman William Hardie, architect Laura Clark and industrial designer Max McMurdo, the winner will receive £1,000 courtesy of sponsors Cuprinol along with a plaque, £100 worth of Cuprinol products and a giant crown for their shed.

    Public voting to determine the category winners opens today (May 25th 2016) via www.readersheds.co.uk. The UK public will have until midday on June 8th to cast their vote on who they think deserves the winning title of Shed of the Year, along with a winner for each category.

    Founder of Cuprinol’s Shed of the Year, Andrew Wilcox said: “Following a record breaking number of entries, the competition is just getting bigger and better each year. It proves the nation is totally fanatical about garden sheds and the true British eccentricities are being championed.

    “These sheds include some of the best I have ever seen in the history of the competition, so deciding who will take out top honour as the Shed of the Year 2016 will be tough, I love them all.”

    Brand Manager for Cuprinol, Katie Taylor, says: “We’re really proud to sponsor Shed of the Year for the sixth time running. Year on year, we are blown away by the amazing creativity and hard work of the sheddies around the UK and this year is no exception.

    It’s clear that the humble garden shed is no longer just a space to store garden tools, as more and more people use it as an extra living space where they can spend more time outdoors. We hope the competition will inspire the nation to make the most of the outdoor space they have, no matter how big or small.”

    To view and place a vote before midday on June 8th visit: www.readershed.co.uk

    Kraken Kreations – I don’t have a shed I have an extra limb

    This is a guest post from one of my sheddies Cath Janes – I have know Cath for a long time (even before sheds took over my life) – so I’m very happy that a shed is making her life better.

    I don’t have a shed. I have an extra limb. That’s because my once rat-infested, patio-side, 4 x 3 metre girl cave has become the epicentre of my daily life. Without it I swear I would limp.

    The Sewing Shed, as I now call it, is the HQ for Kraken Kreations, my career of sewing home décor and accessories to sell online. Yet it’s more than just a location for my work. It’s become a hub of creativity.

    I sew in it every day (my daily commute is approximately 3.5 seconds long in my slippers), stitching shoutily-coloured bags and cushions and embroidering complex anatomical images or feminist slogans. Floor to ceiling shelves house my colour-organised fabrics, patterns, books, and equipment and my cutting table sits in the centre like a tropical island in a sea of colour. I spend seven hours a day in this shed and joyously so. Opening the glass doors in the morning and stepping into its chilly shade (it sits in underneath a sycamore tree) triggers such a sense of promise and achievement that the shed itself has become addictive.

    My favourite part of this place, though, is the wall that I’ve decorated with all of the images that have inspired me over the years. I have maps of Paris, Nepalese tin icons of Hindu gods, Moorish images from Spain, scenes from the galleries I’ve visited in Los Angeles, Madrid, San Francisco, London and Paris, prints of work by Van Gough, Yoshimoto Nara and Dali, greetings cards from the 60s and 70s, a poster from the V&A’s Alexander McQueen exhibition, drawings from my daughter, family photos, quotes from Neil Gaiman, Caitlin Moran and Elizabeth Edwards and even an order of service from a friend’s funeral.

    That’s why it’s impossible to not be creative in my sewing shed and it does more than provide me with a business. It actually helps keep me alive. Five years ago I had a breakdown caused by PND and PTSD. I’m now largely recovered but when I have bad days, days when I think there’s no point in carrying on or that I’m too worthless for words, I just head for my shed. Stepping inside reminds me that I should carry on, that I’m not worthless, that I can create and achieve and find self-worth in doing so.

    So when I say that my shed is a limb, what I’m really being is modest. It’s even more than that. It’s an extension of not just my body but of my mind too. I am my shed.

    You can follow Cath on twitter here – she loves a good swear mind!