My issues with my fabric stash are two-fold: I have too much fabric and too little time!
Silks and wools and jerseys, oh my!
About a year ago, I was finally able to unpack and organize my sewing room, which was great. It looked perfect for a long time, and then I can't really say what happened. It's not that I moved anything or didn't put stuff back where it belonged.
I just have too much stash.
Many of my fabrics are held onto for sentimental reasons.
For instance, I have all this fabric that my mother-in-law gave to me. It's not fabric that I will ever use, but she passed away unexpectedly two years ago and it's all I have of her, other than my memories. Memories are great, but sometimes it's nice to have something to hold onto.
Then I have other fabric from my mother, who is very much alive and kicking, but won't be around forever. Her fabric is more like what I would use, much of it lovely wools and silks, but time to use it is an issue.
And finally I have all of my own fabric, both cheap and expensive, that I have collected over the years. Each piece had a destination when I purchased it. Will I ever have time to make up all that I own? Of course not! It will likely be passed on to a niece's stash or some other unfortunate soul.
I should really bite the bullet and just sit down and start sorting. And yet I can't. I have been able to get rid of many possessions that have cluttered my life, but for some reason, fabric, with all its emotional and physical entanglements, is very difficult to let go of. I love the touch, the feel, the smell of it, especially the musty ones that sat in my mother-in-law's attic for decades. Each piece has a story and an intention, and she told me all of them as we sat in her attic on two boxes, and she turned her stash over to me.
Do you know what I am talking about?
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How are you handling your fabric stash? I would love to get some tips!