My Creative Space on a Shoestring

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I’ve been more pottering than making this week, trying out ideas and buying some new supplies. But on trying to squeeze another piece of fabric into a drawer, I finally came to the horrifying conclusion: my stash is now big enough.

I’m just going to pause for a moment to let the enormity of that statement sink in.

Okay. Deep breath. I can do this.

One of the problems with doing a range of crafts, and making a range of things, is that it’s easy to accumulate supplies with no definite plan in mind. Because of the way I work, and the way I change my mind every couple of days about what I absolutely must finish right there and then, I need a sort of ‘critical mass’ of materials before I can actually start work. I think I passed that critical mass a few metric tonnes ago.

So from now down to Christmas, I’m on a stash fast. No more buying material or yarn unless it is essential because I’ve run out of what I need*. Looking at my supplies, that’s not going to be an issues, and it’s going to be good to finally use up all these beautiful things that are languishing in piles or boxes. I’ve promised myself that in the sales, I can buy enough yarn for a whole something, probably a cardigan, but that’s it. John Lewis half-price yarn, here I come. Apart from that, I’m kind of intrigued to see how far my stash can take me.

I hope to get a stock-take up here at some point, then to work my way through it to prove to myself that (to misquote Gok) I can spend less and make more.

Is anyone else putting themselves on a stash diet? I know that coming down to Christmas, it’s easy to get carried away, but I have this crazy idea that I might actually be able to make most presents from the stash. Not sure if I’ve got time, but it’s going to be fun finding out. Hints, tips, encouraging noises all greatly appreciated!

*The only thing I can think of that I’ll need for one present is bias binding, but that’s not too pricey and my last lot came from here and was perfect. Picture of the basket I used my lime binding (yes, lime, really) on as soon as I can take them!

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6 thoughts on “My Creative Space on a Shoestring

  1. Yes I understand all that entirely! Were you writing about me? I to do lots of different things. So I need lots of stuff to do it all. lol I am on a stash diet at the moment really due to budget, so it is good for me cos it is forcing me to use what I have quite a bit. It is nice to move some of the old fabrics etc out & see them in something. Then I can make a bit of room for some new stuff of course! Lovely! Since moving house I am still trying to organise my stuff a bit so I can actually find it now & have it on hand & labeled etc etc, & that should help prevent duplicating stuff I know I have but can’t find! lol

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    1. “that should help prevent duplicating stuff I know I have but can’t find”
      THIS! I know exactly what you mean!

      It’s actually kind of a nice feeling, as everyone else is looking towards Christmas spending and worrying about money to think that I’ve got everything I need – yarn, hooks & needles, jewellery findings and pliers, fabric and my sewing machine. It’s definitely going to be a home-made Christmas!

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  2. Yep – we definitely have the same problem. Boxes of yarn, boxes of fabric, tons of equipment – tons of books and many many unfinished projects. The difference is yours appears to be tidy and mine is one big mess at the moment!

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