Okay, you have to hear me out on this post. Because what I’m about to propose will go against everything you instinctually want to do as a maker.
In fact, this is an idea I’m wrestling with myself, and I haven’t decided yet where I fall.
Here it is:
Limit your stash and create more.
Wait, what? You say. She must’ve forgotten to edit. All knitters/spinners/quilters/seamstresses/scrapbookers know that the first step to becoming a master is to accumulate everything you could possibly need or want and hoard it like there is no chance to buy it tomorrow!
Girls, you read it right.
I think we need to stop the madness of accumulating stuff.
Now don’t get me wrong – I love to shop for crafting tools. Stick me in a quilt shop with a credit card and I’m the happiest girl in the world. Let me wander a farmer’s market and buy wool roving that has been hand dyed and it is pure bliss.
But it recently occurred to me that I buy this crafting stuff with such great dreams that I kinda maybe (Okay, definitely) treat it as if the purchasing IS the creating.
You see, I buy my fabric/yarn/supply with these great dreams of what I can do with it. Design the trendiest quilt ever. Make the perfect fitting blouse. Knit the most intricate mittens.
But before I get around to doing that awesome idea I’ve dreamt up, I find another really fabulous fiber that I need to buy. Or a new line of quilt fabric is released by my favorite designer and I just know I could do something amazing with it. Or there is a sale!! (And those might never come around again, right)
So before I know it, I’ve built up an epic stash of projects I’ve dreamt up.
Sounds perfect, right?
But here’s the thing. That fabric that I just had to buy? I didn’t make anything with it at the time because my to-make list was too long. Now I don’t even like the fabric and my pattern has gone out of style.
That yarn I bought skeins of so I could knit a baby sweater? The baby has grown into a first grader.
That quilt fabric I stashed up? I no longer feel drawn to make that bargello quilt.
You see, what ultimately happened to so many of my project dreams is that I never got around to making them when the time was right. Now I just have a pile of stuff. Some of it I can incorporate into other projects, it’s true. But really, I’d rather buy the just right, perfect piece that completes my current dreams.
It turns out that stores do have other sales.
It turns out that sheep keep making wool.
It turns out that paper companies keep producing paper.
It turns out that fabric continues to arrive on bolts in my favorite quilt shops.
So maybe, just maybe, we will have more joy in creating, less “I should” when we look at our spaces, if we limit our stashes and instead buy what we need to make the “just right” piece we are inspired to make today.
What do you think? Where do we draw the line between having supplies to create with and too much to create?