I’m conflicted between possessive feelings about my fabric stash and a desire for a minimalist life. The possessiveness is really a fear that discarding things will somehow injure my creativity. On the other hand, I’ve developed an overwhelming feeling that my life should not include any more stuff unless it’s for keeping me alive, functioning, and creatively occupied in the moment.
I want to bring your attention to Felicia who wrote a year-long series of posts, aptly named Stash Less, about fabric and craft-supply stashing on her blog, part of her website “The Craft Sessions”. The Craft Sessions is a community of crafters, knitters, sewers administered by Felicia, in the Melbourne area in Australia.
The Stash Less posts are written thoughtfully, analytically and dive deep into a maker’s desire to create, and the related penchant for collecting craft and sewing items. Go ahead. Click on the Stash Less link to read.
Felicia’s words resonated. I found much clarity after reading the seventeen posts when working though my ridiculously extensive, and expensive, fabric stash. In the past six years, I’ve sewn up a lot of fabric from the hoard (let’s call it what it is), but a bigger dent is required. I even gave away some fabric pieces and sewing/fashion books with a heavy heart. In my attempts to reduce the size of the fabric stash, I do struggle.
Do I buy anymore fabric? You bet, but now I buy it thoughtfully, as opposed to indiscriminately. I buy only when I see that proverbial “hole in the closet” and there is no fabric in my stash to fill that hole; and I make sure the piece is sewn up immediately; so that it fills the hole and makes me love my self-made wardrobe. I have a long way to go before I see the last fabric piece sewn.
Enjoy reading Felicia’s thoughts, and post your comments. What do you think?
A word about the image above. That’s a very small part of my beloved fabric hoard. All the pieces are oldies but goodies; as in tropical wools, silk, cotton, linen, rayon, and a bamboo/wool blend thrown in. At the time I must be going through a sage/taupe/grey phase, beautifully photo bombed by the jade silk cut-velvet at bottom right. Are you surprised I find it hard to part with the pieces? The only way forward is to sew them up.
Go forth and sew up a storm….