Teehee, did I scare you that I was going to get thin? Highly unlikely, I like dessert too much! What I was really alluding to is that my fabric collection is getting out of control and so I am, sort of, halfheartedly, going to participate in the Stash Diet organised by Gail and Andrea.
Now I know most sewers get a bit obsessed at this time of year about tidying and cleaning up. My plan is not to become obsessed or OTT about it, just a concerted effort to use and not forget some of the fabrics I have.
So here goes, here is my stash:
Not too bad is it? Just three little cubes of the Expedit cabinet. The cube on the top left has winter fabric, covered up so that the ends don’t fade. Three of the baskets underneath hold lining, scraps and some patterns I am contemplating getting rid of.
So the idea is, all of it is supposed to fit in the three cubes of that cabinet. Ideally in baskets as well to keep it from fading. So my goal is to make it fit into the allotted storage spot!!
Step 1 – take stock of what I have. My plan is to go through and work out exactly what I have, the yardage etc and catalogue it (I have a plan for this). I wonder if it is too scary to work out the total yardage??
Step 2 – donate to charity or give away what is not wanted
Step 3 – Sew!
My own (personally set) rules are as follows:
* I will do 80% of my sewing in 2014 from stashed fabrics, in the following way: I will only be allowed to purchase one new piece of fabric after having used FOUR pieces from my stash.
* Certain exclusions apply:
** Fabrics for lining and underlining are not included in the diet
** Travel allowance: while travelling, I may purchase as much as I like – who knows if I may see these fabrics again?!?
** Sale allowance: see travel caveat above
** The diet may stop at any time the participant feels she has reached or is close to goal (or has just had enough of rations)
I told you it was only a halfhearted attempt at dieting, plus it really doesn’t help that I live with an enabler!!
I also want to thin down my patterns a bit, and am trying to think of the best way to do this. Perhaps a swap? Anyone keen for this kind of idea?
Is anyone else on a fabric or pattern diet?