In the previous episodes we’ve shown you how we came to our decision to live in a yurt, the construction process and the industrial sewing machine I used, This episode is about mounting the yurt, not the most difficult technically but certainly hard on our patience. We have this saying in Dutch: the last piece of lead is the heaviest. It means the last part of anything you’re doing is the heaviest part. The end is in sight but you’re not quite there yet. This was certainly the case for us!
Before sewing the yurt, my experience with sewing machines was limited. I’ve used a second hand Lewenstein for more than 10 years, then my grandmothers Toyota, and now my Janome DC4030. They are all home sewing machines and are quite different from industrial machines. It was very interesting and exciting to experience industrial sewing, and I thought you might like to see what it’s all about. So let me introduce to you: Mrs. Pfaff.
In this episode you’ll read about how we built our yurt. If you want a yurt you have a few options: have one made in Mongolia, have someone local make it, or you can build it yourself. We did the latter and we’ve enjoyed the process a lot. First of all because we learned a ton, second because we found we work together really well, and third because ‘YAY we’re building our home!!’ . Rather than give you an account of our day by day process, I’ll go more into the experience than the technical stuff. You can check our Facebook if you want more details. For some background, let’s start with this cool infographic that shows the layers of a yurt.
If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter you already know what has been occupying us for the past couple of weeks: we’re building our own home. I say home instead of house because, well, it’s not a house. It’s a yurt! In the coming weeks I’ll do a little series about this experience: how we came to this point, the building process (including lots of sewing!), and of course what my sewing space will look like in the end. Let’s start with how we got the idea in the first place.