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Wednesday, 6 June 2012

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
  Fabrics I bought with no particular idea except that I loved it.  Fabrics I cannot for the life of me figure out why I bought them.  A whole pile of jersey, with the thought that I would one day miraculously be able to whip up loads of jersey dresses similar to a very posh one my friend gave me.  The only jersey I have sewn with is in a bag under my bed, half sewn.  I come across it every now and  then and pretend I don't know whats in the bag.  It's my shameful secret.
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.
anna x


  • At 6 June 2012 at 22:11 , Blogger Mrs Flying Blind... said...

    You are so funny, and you have a whole shop full too!!
    You know where I am if you run out of room and need me to store some for you, but not the jersey ;) x

  • At 6 June 2012 at 22:31 , Blogger eternal maker said...

    ah, but it's the jersey that'd be the first out... Why do you think I have such a huge stash? I'm not rich in money, but I am in fabric!

  • At 6 June 2012 at 23:53 , Blogger madscouser said...

    I'll store the jersey for you! :-)
    I have enough fabric I could probably open my own fabric shop, although I don't want to actually part with any of it! Plus I'm on a serious diet at the moment, so not making any new clothes for myself as they won't fit in a few months. Although that's not stopped me buying dressmaking fabrics, oops!

  • At 7 June 2012 at 11:49 , Anonymous Laura said...

    Oh gosh, I'm so glad I'm not the only one who can't bear to look at it all at once. I'm doing mine little by little at the moment, and even that takes over a whole room at once!

    I did a bit of searching - are these the swatch cards?

  • At 7 June 2012 at 12:12 , Blogger eternal maker said...

    ooh - they're not, but they're very very similar. I've had another look, even attempted to look in my web browser history (boy do I look up a lot of nonsense!) but no luck for the originals.

  • At 8 June 2012 at 09:11 , Blogger Jo @ life in lists said...

    What you need is to give it all to me. I promise I'll put it to good use ;)


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