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Room for Growth?

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fabrilancheThe 11th Annual Camp Sew ‘n’ Sew starts next week.  Better known as Sewing Camp.  I am going this year, and can’t wait!

I’ve spent the previous weekends pulling out patterns and fabric, in the throes of decision making: What to Make?  What to Make?  I think I may have finally rounded up enough projects to keep the fingers busy and the mind occupied.  If not, some uncut, but earmarked fabric is coming with me, just in case.

I have also been berating myself – Do Not Fall Victim to those sale notices from Fabric.com and Emma One Sock and Fabric Mart.  They are Evil.  I must be strong.  Use what I have.

Then, I stumbled on this image…from La Sewista, and realized that I do Not Yet suffer from an overabundance of fabric.  Nope.  My fabric stash is still fitting into bins and tubs, and is nowhere near becoming a fabrilanche.

Perhaps, just perhaps I need to look at this differently.  Perhaps I need to think of the stash not in terms of overt consumerism but as a fabric IRA, a little something put away for the future.  There is a bit of spare gelt in the coffers.  Is there a luscious lovely calling my name?

Just a yard.  Or two.  Or three.

Herculean Undertaking

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IMG_3290Did you ever get one of the bees in your bonnet that just won’t go away?  They keep buzzing and buzzing about, hovering in the background, being a pest.  Yeah, well this was one of those.

I used to have all my fabrics organized, but when it came time to move, at the end things got tossed into bins willy-nilly.  The past 2 years have seen me hunting for things I knew I had, and worse yet, getting more of what I had because I couldn’t find it.  I hate that!  So I put my extra free time to good use, and did something about it.

All the existing bins were emptied.  Stacks were made.  Knit print.  Knit solids.  Challis.  Linen.  Silk.  Cotton prints.  Bottomweight.  You get the idea.  There were even some “wonder” fabrics discovered, as in I “wonder” why I bought that.  Thankfully there were more old friends rediscovered than wonder fabrics.  The photo above took about 3 hours to achieve.

Then came the task of organizing:IMG_2953

  • Keep?
  • Donate?
  • Toss?
  • Re-fold
  • Re-label
  • Re-stack

Achieving multiples of the photo at right took all day long!  It was worth it though.  There is now a place for everything and everything is in it’s place.

Not Alone

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CMarieI am Not Alone!

I want to thank the lovely Carolyn, over at the blog Diary of a Sewing Fanatic for posting this photo of her fabric collection.  Isn’t it wonderful?  Isn’t it lovely?

It warms the cockles of my heart.  (What is a heart cockle anyway?)

Why?  Because I have found a kindred spirit.  Someone who’s fabric stash exceeds mine own.  Taking a closer look, I see we even shop at some of the same places.  I spy a couple of knits that are also in my stash.

I’ve spend most of this year telling myself that I must be strong, and with a few exceptions have kept to my strict non-fabric diet.  “No new fabric” was the New Year’s resolution.  That morphed into “New Fabric Must Be Sewn Immediately” which has worked (see the previous post about Mabel).

Carolyn’s bravery in showering her collection has been free-ing.  I no longer feel like I need to hide my (possibly conspicuous) fabric consumption.  I could even shout it from the rooftops, were I included to laze about on rooftops.

I have a Fabric Collection, and I’m darn proud of it!

Conspicuous

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Stash

Consumption

At least, that’s what it looks like to me.  Can anyone guess what my New Year’s Resolution may be?

I knew I had a lot of fabric, but seeing it all in one place, well, it’s a bit overwhelming.  That’s a lotta fabric!

I am also sure there are other sewists out there with more, and I won’t even go into what type of stash knitters have.  If the apocalypse comes tomorrow, and society devolves completely, I can rest assured that I shall remain well clothed, stylish even.  It’s all in how you think of it.

This is not an overwhelming fabric stash, it’s insurance against future nakedness, and believe me, you don’t want to see that!

Enterprise Unearthed

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The Enterprise has finally been unearthed after our move.  I had forgotten how smoothly she operates.  Still stitches like a dream.

Not that there has been any real sewing going on.  Just a wee bit of ziggedy zagging to bind the ends of some hopefully soon-to-be-drapery fabric prior to washing.  The hoping emphasis is on the soon rather than this becoming drapes.  These bright and lively tulips will cover the sliding glass door in our bedroom.

Off the Wagon

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I have, as they say, fallen off the wagon.  These lovely knits from Fabric Mart arrived yesterday.  They are a medium weight rayon/lycra.  The colors are bright, intense, and they drape beautifully.

I hadn’t planned on purchasing more fabric.  No!  No!  No!  I was on a fabric diet.  In fact, that was one of my New Year’s resolutions – to sew what I already had.  And I was doing so well!  Then the e-mail flyer from Fabric Mart arrived and all good sense flew out the window.  Flew, I tell you, flew out the window!

So, do I have something planned for these stretchy sylphs?  I really don’t know.  There are several dresses that I’d like to try – things that were slated for this Spring, and obviously never happened.

Then again, these are nice knits, and the added bonus of a $1.99 per yard price tag is not to be trifled with.  I am sure something will come to mind.

Now, where’d I put that ladder?  Time to get back on the wagon!

Skull-duggery

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How many of us does this phrase describe?

I found this fabric on Spoonflower, where all sorts of interesting prints are available.  Kinda nifty, don’t you think?

If you are unfamiliar with Spoonflower, anyone who likes can join and upload artwork for fabric, and anyone else can purchase fabric in yardage, fat quarters, or most any other length.  Spoonflower handles printing the yardage.

Various types of fabric are offered – quilting cottons, cotton knits, sateen, silk, voile.

I think of it as a mash-up: where fabriholics can feed their addiction, and artists can publish their work.

They certainly offer things unique and outside the box, like this companion fabric for knitters.