| Hello, My Name Is Jill & I Collect Fabric.
"O bliss of the collector, bliss of the man of leisure! Of no one has less been expected and no one has had a greater sense of well-being than… a collector. Ownership is the most intimate relationship one can have to objects. No t that they come alive in him; it is he who comes alive in them."
Hello. My name is Jill and I'm a collector. I collect fabric, lots and lots of fabric. Sometimes I don't even have a plan for the fabric I buy, I just buy it and hang it up neatly in my closet. Sometimes after I purchase a yard or two of fabric, I'll leave the bag in the car so as not to have questions or side-way glances thrown my way when I bring it in. Then in the dark of night I'll tip-toe out to the car and bring the bag in.
After I buy fabric I like to wrap myself in it like a cape and swirl it around like a matador. Or alternatively a queen of some sort. I love to smell fabric. That's kind of embarrassing, I don't do it in public, except when no one is looking.
I've tried to quit fabric collecting or at the least be less consumptive. But, it only works for a short time and then when I go into a store or look online all self control is out the window. Recently, I bought 4 yards of Nani Iro cotton straight from Japan. Good lord it's beautiful. Plan for it? Um, no. That beauty I'm having shipped to my work address. There's a tip for you, ship it all to your work address if you don't want nosy people asking questions.
I also collect sewing machines, thread, sewing books and sewing tools. Pretty much anything with the word 'sew' in it I'm collecting it. Sometimes I use the object, sometimes I just look at it, pet it etc..
I, in no way identify myself with a hoarder. I've got this all under control. And, number one difference between a hoarder vs. collector? Collectors have a deep sense of pride for their items. We like to show off our collections, we're in no way ashamed of it. The only thing weird I do is sniff fabric and pretend like I'm a movie queen or a matador or both as the case may be.
I'm thinking if you're reading this you might have a bit of collection of sewing related items yourself? What do you collect? Can you pass a fabric store without going inside? Do you have multiple copies of sewing patterns just in case? Do you like to have complete sets of things and blame it on OCD-ness. I would love to know your tips as a fabric or pattern collector. How do you keep your stash and items organized.
p.s. be sure to take advantage of the 80% off sale and grow your own collection!