When Andrea and I were visiting together earlier this month, we spent a fair bit of time discussing the need to sew from our respective stashes - even while we were shopping to enhance them! These conversations led to us deciding to make a pact: in 2014, the majority of our sewing would be from stash, and we'd help to keep each other on track. We nicknamed it:
And then we thought: maybe some other fabric
There are really no rules for the Stash Diet, other than those that each sewer sets for him- or herself. The group will exist (if anyone joins) as a place to share stash-busting projects and post discussions. If we do get a nice group though, we have some ideas to spice things up a bit.
So here's where I am with my pledge: some thoughts about my stash and then the "rules" I'm setting for myself.
* I found that this year I bought a lot of fabrics I loved, knowing they would become stash. That is, I didn't have a project in mind for them when I bought them. I'd like to use some of these beautiful fabrics.
* Of the fabrics I bought that were for specific projects, many didn't get used because I got distracted by another project requiring another fabric before I even got around to the first one!
* At this time last year, I felt my stash was manageable. Right now it feels somewhat oppressive to me - partly because I've used up all my available storage, but also because I have SO many fabrics to choose from when starting a project, I don't know where to start. I want my stash to feel like a door to possibility, not something that weighs on me.
My Stash Diet Pledge:
* 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, and will be purchased on a per-project basis.
** Muslin for working up new patterns is allowed, once I've used up what I have on hand.
** If I need to sew a gift, I will try to do so from stashed fabrics, but if I don't have anything appriate, I may purchase fabric.
** Travel allowance: while traveling, I may purchase a maximum of FOUR pieces of fabric per trip.
** I have not included my small stashes of quilting cottons or leather in the diet, so any projects I make from those will not count as one of the four needed in order to earn one new piece of fabric.
Over the last month or so, I've taken pictures of every piece of fabric in my stash and loaded them into separate pages up under the header. I'm starting with 76 pieces of fabric - not an overwhelming amount by some standards, but too much for me. And more than enough to keep me sewing for all of 2014.
Oh boy - it's going to be hard to limit those impulse purchases, but knowing that I've got someone watching my back should make it a little easier. Head on over to Andrea's blog to see her own pledge. And if you feel inspired to do so, join us over at the Flickr group!