I am engaged in a slash and burn of the fabric stash at The Stitchery.
In the early days of my online shopping I made quite a few mistakes. The major mistake was believing that I’d make all our clothes, including those needed for trekking through the woods or doing the landscaping. No, that won’t happen. Old worn out jeans will have to suffice for those activities. I’ll do fashion sewing, and work shirts to help my dear husband look presentable after a hard day at the woodworking machines, but pants? No…. Definitely not.
First let me say that no real matches are being used and no fabrics are being harmed in the this clean out of The Stitchery. Even though purge by fire is clean and quick as I demo’d here in this review in 2004 to purge the sewn stash of a ridiculous design,
they simply don’t let me have matches any more
No, my recourse today is to donate to Good Will as not even the Dog Pound will take my unsewn fabrics for dog blankets. That makes no sense to me but I’ve tried to talk them into it for years now and the answer is always “No!”. So off I go to Good Will which, after all, is much safer than starting a bonfire and I don’t have to drive as far to keep from burning down the neighborhood.
I’ve started with the cottons, then I’ll move on to the silks and knits. I don’t think I’ll be able to get rid of much of the silk stash because even that awful colored dupioni is still silk, something to be treasured.
But there are a few knits that are just the wrong color or are too cheap looking to sew up or just not what I thought I’d receive when I placed that breathless order. Oh, how many of those “breathless orders” I engaged in! Not that I’m so much wiser today…but now we have Pantone numbers, a major improvement in my online life.
So to stop opining and get on to the brutality that is taking up my days:
Here’s the heavy twills and stretch corduroys that must go. Someone with small children will love to have these! This is not all of them, just a sampling.
And here’s some of the cotton interlocks with manufactured matching collars (even though I have no desire for this many polo shirts, this de-stashing hurts. I loved the pre-made collars!)
I have saved scraps from projects dating back years, all my husband’s worn out jeans, and almost every embroidery stitch out I did. I am continuously amazed at all the stuff I’ve hung on to, even things I just don’t like. I remind myself of someone who has survived the Great Depression.
No, wait, we’re in the Greater Depression of 2009! What am I doing???!!! Oh yeah, I remember now. I know I won’t sew these up. I have too much else to do. I need the space. I’ll be able to see what is on the shelf more easily. Gee, why haven’t I done this before?
Oh yeah, I was over employed, moving too fast, trying to do it all. Still, de-stashing is very difficult, isn’t it?
And as surely as the sun will rise, I’ll be wishing tomorrow that I hadn’t driven up to that Goodwill loading dock with all my past treasures. I just know it.
Bitter sweet life…
And sewing hugs to all!