Ya know -I always looked at people who took the time to organize their sewing spaces and became secretly a little jealous. I mean —some people’s sewing space, when you see them on a blog, always look like the space was ready for a photo shoot for THREADS or QUILTING ARTS magazine, or some publication like that. There’s always seemingly a polished, tranquil, organized sewing space, that yielded itself to productive, creative, beautiful sewing work, that the sewist could readily display to the THREADS camera when they showed at any given moment and at the drop of a dime. Not my space– and certainly NOT my fabric stash!!
Heaven forbid that the world would see my voracious addiction to fabric displayed in some unorganized and unruly manner, in a blog post. Lord help me if someone would find out just how much fabric I CRAMMED into that poor wooden cabinet in “anywhichway” fashion. NOOOO—I kept the secret behind closed doors!! Just as long as the doors to the cabinet did not POP open from too much yardages stuffed into it, I was OK !! Even on some days when doors did pop open, I still was OK. After all, it’s MY un-organization.
In the picture shown above and in the sliver of the upper part of the picture that follows you can see a small measure of the cramming of fabric. And that is just the upper cabinet. I have not taken pictures of the lower cabinet, nor of the other opposite room surface areas covered in cottons and denims and wools. Nor a picture of all the fabric I own taken out and put into one huge pile on the cutting table and floor.
Now, I know I am not as bad as some, but I do know I could be a little worse than others with my stash (heck- I got sewing friends in other states who NEVER go into their basements or attics anymore because they hate climbing over boxes of fabric. The NYC friends just don’t have any closet space anymore, as they climb over boxes and boxes of their “good fabric”.)
What I really came to decide is that I was sick of looking at unorganized piles of fabric every time I opened up the cabinet doors. Worse -I was buying more fabric without knowing what it was I already had for a project. I didn’t know because I could not SEE what all of what was in my stash. Well the New Years resolution was not so much to head to the gym. I resolved to head to the sewing room and get organized ( part one), so that I could see what I have in my stash as a whole, and then begin the process of really sewing clothes for myself ( part two ) with some clue or direction of what I am working with out of my stash.
NOW I see why those people like being organized. It’s not about THREADS or QUILTING ARTS. They like to go shopping !! They like to put fabrics together and create a project. I get it!! With my fabric stash organized, I feel like I am going fabric shopping in my own private store ( i.e with all the fabric already paid for..) Maybe not for anyone else, but for me , it feels good when I want to start a project, to shop and combine fabrics at home like I do in the store. (Duh- tailorchick- what a concept?)
And the STUFF?? Fabric Stuff I ain’t seen for years came out of the deep recesses of that cabinet and is now up on that new Home Depot wire shelf. It’s all “new” to me!! Whoo Hoo !!
YEP– Believe what you see in the picture of that 72″ high shelf in the box. I wheeled that sucker home on the subway!! Ok -I call myself a real New Yorker with a deep belief that a small hand truck, couple of bungee cords, and roll of duct tape, fixes EVERYTHING!! We don’t need no stinkin’ delivery charge!! Nobody in the subway thought I was strange. People saw me coming with that box and they moved right out of my way (The answer to the question is : YEP -Rush hour!). I just kept it real ,and kept it moving right along. ( Yeah ,yeah I know– Here is where I pause and allow Cindy ,Terry, and Rosie the moment to finish laughing .. OK! I can pause for that ! 😉
In any event. Part ONE of 2017 New Years’s resolution DONE !! Feels good. Fabric stash organized. Yep– each piece tagged with yardages available and whether or not I already pre- washed it or gave it a preshrink. Not boasting here. Just making sure I don’t get confused in the future and over process the goods before using it.
Now that the fabric stash is done, I now tackle the pile of UFO’s before starting some thing too big and new. But that’s another blog post. The sewing journey continues ….