Like most crafters I have a problem with my stash. It’s not really a major problem it is just the fact that I have more supplies than available storage space. My crafting stuff is starting to creep into other rooms and wardrobes.
I have a stash of quilters cotton – fat quarters and yards of prints and collections that caught my eye or were destined to be something.
Over the years balls of yarn have made their way into storage containers in the spare room. There’s lace and sock yarn as well as a few sweaters worth of 8ply. There is even enough for a blanket.
I knew I was in trouble when I started buying yards of fabric for potential garments. I just do not have the room. This is my storage space next to my sewing table.
So I started with a spring clean and I was brutal.
I got rid of a good portion of my yarn on a rav destash. I was surprised at what sold. All of those balls that were just waiting for the right pattern are now gone and I feel “lighter” for it. Don’t get me wrong I still have a decent stash of yarn remaining and there is enough left to satisfy my needs if inspiration strikes and I need an immediate fix.
For fabric I managed to get rid of a fair bit at the fabric a brac a few weeks ago.
Susie and I shared a stall and we did quite well.
What didn’t sell was sorted and a “to donate” bag was created.
There was a little temptation from the other stalls but I managed to come home with only a few new patterns
and some fabric (5m @ $2/m) to go with one of the dress patterns.
And really that fabric is not going to be added to stash it will be made into that dress soon and the scraps thrown away.
I think that is the way that I want to operate – have the pattern or the idea – buy what I need, make it and then move to the next thing. It is difficult in practice because there is always something new and shiny that will divert my attention, which will then lead to the potential of that item not being made and the supplies to become stash. But I guess it then becomes fodder for next years spring clean.
I think it will be a never-ending battle but I am heading in the right direction. Have a little bit on hand, buy what I need and not get too far ahead of myself with a huge queue of projects.
I still have a stash but now there is a little more room on those shelves.
Did you spy the kitty in the first photo too?