Readers, thank you for visiting! Recently, I decided to pitch my sizable fabric stash against the seasonal Pantone color palette for Fall 2013. Here is what ensued. Each color in the Pantone release was found in my fabric stash. And more….
Is that embarrassing or sheer sewing empowerment? I’m on the fence with this issue, and want to consider both arguments. I would also love to see how you look at it. By the way, the photograph of my fabric may not show the true colors so you’ll have to take my word for it that these are very, very close to the Pantone palette. For example the second fabric on the lower right side appears red but is really “vivacious” pink as in the Pantone palette. The green at the top left is already made into a cowl neck top.
(Pro argument for a large fabric stash)
- Some people collect stamps, coins, little porcelain things, or Star Trek paraphernalia. I love fabric and love turning a flat piece into an item to adorn the human body or human abode. Adding that one perfect piece in the pile is cause celebre. What do the stamp collectors do with their rare stamps? Or their Star Trek items?
- It is somehow empowering to find material just right for a planned project within said stash (and the thread and notions), and not have to hunt it down for purchase. I can shop my stash. Some may disagree since the hunt is half the fun. See what I mean when I say that I’m on the fence with this issue?
- My dearest friends gift me with fabric out of pure friendly love. (see next bullet). The family, though, have their own reasons for not presenting me with fabric.
- Not sure which argument this goes in: I’m emotionally attached to each piece and know exactly where it is located in the house.
- I have given away a couple of boxes with fabulous material to sewers affected by natural disasters. I knew who they were and that they would do justice to these pieces. I’m not sure what they did with it since I never heard from them again. But I feel a degree of empowerment….
Embarrassment of Riches:
(Cons for a large fabric stash)
- The amount of money spent on the stash over the years – let’s not go there. A lot of my fabric is not cheap yardage. (Blocking the mental calculator in my mind as I type).
- The space occupied in the house by the stash is an embarrassment. My apologies to houseguests who have had to take the living room couch or the inflatable mattress. I cannot accommodate guests in the sewing room (formerly the guest room).
- Why did I buy a lot of wool? I have a LOT of it, even though it is the lightweight, “tropical” variety. And I live in Texas. It may have been due to a newly minted obsession with tailoring jackets at the time; even so the quantity does not justify the reason.
- There are a lot of pieces in the “collection” which were purchased just for their looks, with no project in mind. It’s the I’ll-do-something-with-it syndrome. I’m very attached to these beauties, and determined to find the perfect project for them. When? When??
- The fabric was on sale and I thought I’d be the only one who was not getting the bargain. As if.
- There are also a few pieces which have no reason to be in my fabric stash. The moment when you get into the must-have-fabric mode . Can you now see how the collection is building?
Readers, I’m sure you can add to these lists! I can already hear you defending your stash!! Feel free to say something in the comments section.
PS – I’ve made a pair of pants after a long time and will share the result next week. I apologize in advance for missing a post last Friday. It was a case of “life got in the way”.