Piles upon piles of fabrics.
Here's something you may or may not know about me: I am so precious about some of the fabrics I have in my stash that I cannot bear to use them. Does anyone else feel this way?
I've thought about various ways to get around this problem - but have never really found the answer, or done anything about it. I tend to force myself to use the fabrics, but so sparingly that I really lose the impact of the fabrics.
The other day I saw a downloadable swatch card (I'm really annoyed that I can't figure out where I saw it to point you to it - if I find it I'll tell you) which you could print out to catalogue your fabrics. Great idea. I can keep a small swatch to always remember the gorgeousness of the fabric I had, but still use the fabrics. I immediately downloaded it, printed out a bunch of them and started sorting my fabric. Now, my fabrics are all over the place. I find if I keep them in lots of places and not all together then I can pretend I don't have as many as I do. The selection above, which looks less in the picture than it does in real life, is a small selection of what I have. I'm a little too embarrassed to show you the rest.
|grey & yellow quilt - been on the cards for about 3 years, never figured out the design I wanted to use...|
It's interesting to see the history of my sewing fads through the last few years. There are projects that I've gathered the fabrics for, and not completed.
|bought to make my own version of a skirt I saw on anthropologie - with a big bow on the front. A bow?!|
|Bought to make a dress. I loved this then and I love this still.|
|Just love. Grayson Perry for liberty, bought from Fabrics Galore|
|Leftover half-made bunting - the first half went to my god-daughter for her first birthday. The rest never got finished.|
And of course, unfinished projects. I won't bore you with them all, but needless to say, there are a lot of them. One of my plans for 2012 was to work on finishing them. I've finished some, true, but I've also started a lot of others that have since been added to the half finished pile.
I haven't got very far at all with the swatch cards, as it's taken me hours to make piles. Do I sort it by colour, or by style? By designer? I could even do it by the amount I have. Fabric type? Use? The possibilities are endless. I think I will go by colour - and then sub-categorise by designer. This is going to take me days. But it's oddly satisfying, strangely cathartic. A sort of spring clean, although I haven't found anything I truly want to get rid of yet. Each one of these pieces is a part of the history of my creating. Of my sewing story.
I'm not sure why I'm sharing this with you all, really. I think there's probably some part of me that wants you to tell me your dirty little secrets too. But most of all I think I am weirdly a little proud of myself. I'm saying "look at me, look what I did." In hindsight, maybe I should have waited until I've finished the job, but I've never been good at not spilling the first chance i get.