Tuesday, 26 January 2010

A make a month in 2010

I have good intentions in 2010 to stop hoarding all my supplies and books and to start making instead. Is it just me that wants to save everything for the right project? I even have some interfacing that I'm saving for best, which makes me sound like a very sad case indeed. So this year, I have resolved to put an end to the stockpiling and to make sure that I make at least one thing each month that eats into my stash.

Here's a small glimpse of the things I've acquired but never used (and that doesn't even include the fabric and yarn)

stash in need of use

I'm including in this resolution all the lovely sewing books I own, or borrow from the library - they will be de-coffeetableized, not just leafed through imagining the things I might make, but choosing a pattern and actually following it.

I even made myself a little blog button to remind myself because I'd never made a blog button before and it seemed like a fun thing to do.

a make a month in 2010

Anyone else have a serious stash problem? Do you hoard new kinds of interfacing? Do you buy patterns and never use them? Join me!

I realise there's not much of January left, so I've started as I mean to go on and decisively cut into some herringbone tweed I was saving for a rainy day. I'll post pics of the finished bag in my next post once I've finished procrastinating over those final details!

edited to add: thanks for the enthusiastic response! I set up a flickr group, so please do join me so that I don't feel sad and friendless! You can find it here

Karin also asked about the blog button - feel free to use it, though it's very amateurish! The code can be found here


31 comments:

  1. Yes I can join you!!! and not proud of it.
    I decided to use what I have too; I have already finished an embroidery kit, but I'm afraid that when I'll start using what I have something is missing... lol

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  2. What a great challenge. I too have a heap of "stuff" clogging up my craft cupboard. My resolution is to get shot of lots of it as I know I will never end up using it...

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  4. What a brilliant idea. I don't have a stash of fabric but have a stack of books and magazines well thumbed but never used.

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  5. yep, I need to do this too xxx

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  6. yup Thats one for me. I am trying to make a list on the firts day of the month and stick to it. Trying to get it finished by the end of the month and not be distarcted! hasn't worked this month though!

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  7. Sounds a very familiar habit! My house is groaning with stuff I've not got round to using yet and perhaps worse still, projects I've started and 'almost' but not quite finished. Still need to put the binding on the baby quilt that I made for the baby which is now a toddler and much too big for it - oh well I guess it will make a nice quilt for her dollies when she's bigger!

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  8. Yay! Good Idea. I too have some of that orange and brown joel dewberry birdy fabric (bottom right in picture) and keep getting out and putting it away again... I love it too much... such sillyness!

    I look forward to seeing your bag!
    x

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  9. I'm glad to know I am not the only one! I think the dreaming, planning and acquiring is probably more fun for me than the doing. The doing is fraught with danger- it could all go wrong!

    Here I am, on the internet, snooping through your blog, admiring the pretty things you've made, and, meanwhile, my dining room is submerged under brown wool knit that is cut out and ready to be sewn into a tunic. I think I will head downstairs and start sewing!....but first, is this button something we should put on our blogs?

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  10. Hi Helen. Lovely to hear from you; was wondering how you were. Great idea to start using up things, though I worry deeply about the replacing of them! x

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  11. what a great idea helen,
    i have way too much fabric ... can we join you in this challenge?
    cute button!...i agree with you,making a button is fun xx

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  12. Hi Helen,

    This is such a good idea!! I must join you (time permitting). There is the clothes I want to make, purse to make, shawls to knit.....

    I like your collection of knitting books, especially the children's sewing book.

    Looking forward to seeing your bag. :)

    Mary

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  13. Looks like I'm not alone with the hoarding habit! I've set up a flickr group and hope that some of you will join me! Details are in the post above.

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  14. Hello Helen, of course you are not alone. I bought some nice fabric for a spare room curtain last March and it's still in the closet and I have a so long "to do" list for so long a time, I have "must be done no matter what" list now and to my shame, the list doesn't show any sign to shorten :( Chloe Patricia

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  15. OMG you are my 'stash twin' - I can match at least 10 things in your stash with mine! Fabric, books - even the bag handles. Hmm - I think I need to sort myself out too. Thanks for the inspiration! Jen x

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  16. Well, I am truly looking forward to all the beautiful things you will be making. I will live vicariously through you as I am lucky if I make one thing every two months or so.

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  17. Do I ever! I have actually started another group called 'BEEN There DONE That' based on the premise of actually reading through our collections of craft/quilting books and making projects from them instead of saying 'oh, yeah, that's cute' and then it goes on the shelf and it's never touched again... Glad to see that others feel the same way!

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  18. Fantastic idea Helen. I will be joining you, goodness knows my craft cupboard needs an overhaul!

    Did you finish your bag?

    Natasha x

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  19. I have been trying to do this too and have even destashed by selling to remove some of my aquisitions!

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  20. Cool project! I'm glad I joined this one :) I have also joined Crafting 365 so I'm hoping the combination of both will help me bust my stash!

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  21. Hi Helen

    Good idea .. I look guiltily at my stash every day and think that I must use it up before buying any more new!!! So I will try my best to join in!

    xxx

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  22. I think that if you use some of your stash, you surely need to replace it with more goodies (which can only be a good thing) and you get something beautiful too x.

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  23. Such a great challenge! I also intends to make at least one a month. Though recently I realised that I am a very disorganised person so I hope that I can complete one project a month.
    For me, the secret is finish one thing at a time - which I find very difficult!
    Hope you have a wonderful weekend!
    x
    kyoko

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  24. Oh boy, I certainly belong in this group!

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  25. fabulous plan! I have so many things that I want to make this year. With the really nice stuff, I'm always afraid of making a mess of it, and convinced that at some point in the future I'll be able to do it more justice! But this fits in nicely with my own blog's theme of being less wasteful, and more hand made.

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  26. I don't know what you mean. I don't have all my interfacing neatly folded in weight order (and black / white order) and filed in a specific box (under my felt flat in another filing box, and my leather the same). No sireee not at all. Not me.

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  27. Geez, that sounds exactly like my husband... but I admit it, I do tend to accumulate fabric, yarn, needles, threads and many many many things. What can I say? They're gorgeous! And then I start thinking of the incredible things I could do with them, so I just buy them! hmm... I sound like a lost case, don't I?... Fine. I'll try. Sign me in. I was already trying to bust my works in progress anyway...

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  28. it's a bit late but I'd love to join you, I will be lots of fun:)

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  29. I'm joining you ! thanks for the idea

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