A Sea of Fabric

The great purge of 2013 continues. Yesterday’s targets were the main bathroom and my sewing stash.

Fabric and other sewing junk

Fabric and other sewing junk

This is about a quarter of my fabric and trims. The rest was actually properly sorted away, and there are a few in-progress projects with my sewing machine. (And my sewing machine seems to be working again! Yay!)

I’ve learned some things while doing this purge:

  1. I will never be a quilter. I may, however, still try to make a Hello Kitty lap quilt using a simple pattern. And I will definitely finish the 2012 Craftsy Block of the Month Quilt… eventually.
  2. As much as I really, really love the Aunt Martha towels, I think this is a hobby I’m just going to have to let go. I’ve got one more towel to do, and once it is done I will send my paints to Goodwill.
  3. I think beading is pretty, but I don’t like to do it. Thankfully, my mom has really taken to making beaded jewellery. I will probably finish the bracelet I’m working on and a couple of small projects from A Needle Pulling Thread, and I think that will be it for me.
  4. I really don’t like using acrylic yarn for anything other than toys. I know that makes me sound a bit like a yarn snob, but it is how I feel. Actually, that isn’t totally true. I do have some very soft acrylic and acrylic blend sock yarn that I do like.
  5. While Tunisian crochet is an interesting technique and looks lovely, I just don’t like doing it.

What it comes down to, I think, is that I need to decide exactly what hobbies I enjoy the most and I need to focus on them. Sure, I can paint towels and make beaded things, but ultimately I’d rather spend my time cross stitching or knitting.

Oh yeah, and I’m never sewing fleece with my sewing machine again! 😛

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4 Responses to A Sea of Fabric

  1. Lisa Bergin says:

    You certainly are working your way through your stuff. I did this last year and although I got rid of a load of things I still have plenty cluttering up my bedroom 🙂

  2. Anny P says:

    Over the last few years, I’ve dabbled with a variety of techniques – and acquired quite a lot of ‘stuff’ at the same time. More recently, I’ve come to the conclusion that needlepoint is what I most enjoy, although things like beads and acrylic paints/inks are still useful, and sketchbooks are always on the go. But now I’m happy to let the daughters help themselves to the stuff I don’t use – at least it means they get to do some experimenting too – and I’ve learned that I’m not one of life’s natural card makers.

  3. Annie says:

    You know what will happen… as soon as you give away all of the supplies for a particular craft, you will get the irresistible urge to do that particular one! It’s hard being a hoarder, isn’t it?

  4. Caitlin says:

    I use more acrylics than wool because its too hot to wear wool over here.