Wednesday, August 17, 2011

collecting III: the fabric stash


probably my most extensive collection is of fabrics. it's gotten a bit better since i began to focus on organic cottons with bee charmer, but still, it's pretty crazy. i have repurposed the wooden boxes our weekly organic food delivery comes in and they make great storage. plus, they bring a new one every week, so i can keep adding to the stash and always have enough storage.


some months back, my mom expressed disbelief that i had all that fabric without knowing what i was going to make of it. but i don't need to have something in particular in mind. i choose colors and prints that i love, and feel a nearly giddy happiness just looking at it and knowing that whenever inspiration strikes, it's there, waiting for me.


at the moment, i'm totally enamored of the cloud9 fabrics that i made the dresses out of. and i'm working on that big cut out & keep quilt again. i wasn't happy with some of it, so i uncharacteristically spent a lot of time taking out some seams and rearranging a bit and now it's getting there.


being surrounded by beautiful fabric makes me happy. i can sense a nearly audible hum in the air...the hum of potential. and at times, i swear the fabrics whisper to me and tell me what i should make of them. so it would be crazy not to have plenty of their little voices at hand. right? right?  ok, i do realize this makes me sound like some kind of crazy lady, but still, the stash makes me happy. and it begins to be evident that happiness is what's at the heart of all of this collecting.

7 comments:

Pia K said...

haha, i can SO relate to this, but with me it's yarn (and it has been precious stones and beads), yes the humming and the yarn talking, oh yes, i totally know what you mean, the endless possibilities, and the colours, the textures... bliss...

Gretel said...

Wow! That is some fabric stash and all so neat! (I like everything in it's place too, so I totally approve) and beautiful quilt-to-be.

Serena said...

oh me too.

though mine is not as neat, nor as nice as yours. i've got a lot of oldies.

Jess said...

I do this with general craft supplies and books and always feel like I'm walking into my own store at home. I love that.
=)
Jess

Rosie said...

Ooh...paradise. I have boxes and boxes of fabric, beads and paper. Sometimes I just stare at them. I made a quilt once...ha, ha.

veryberryhandmade said...

I like the way you have your stash organised. I totally understand the necessity of having lots of fabrics available to select from when inspiration strikes. I have also learnt the lesson of buying more than an FQ of fabrics I love! Cut Out and Keep is a very wonderful thing - it looks like your quilt is really coming together. Oh and hello and a *wave* from a first time visitor..!

BumbleVee said...

Actually....I think the fun must be more in the collecting ....that's it.... the collecting is the actual hobby.....lol.....