Hopefully this will be a regular post where I review my creative output for the month and how the stash busting is going! This is a long post, I don’t think I will achieve as much in future months.
ARTY FARTY STUFF
This was my calendar page for January.
I have started making a “junk journal” loosely based on Kate Crane’s new videos – but also to use up bits and pieces out of my paper crafting stash.
Here are some backgrounds – I managed to reduce my number of spray inks by three!
This was my “word of the year” page which is nurture, spelt correctly this time!
I haven’t bought any art based items this month but have booked a Dina Wakley workshop Colour Wow for March, which will definitely lead to some spending.
For my sewing I thought I would answer the questions posed by the stash busting curating challenge as well this month.
1. Why do I sew?
I sew for a variety of reasons, it means I can get clothes to fit me, even when I bodge the fit it’s better than something I would buy. I love having new clothes that are unique and cost less than buying ready made. I like the process of turning fabric into a wearable garment even with the risk that it may be a complete fail. I like the feeling of being complimented about something I have made. I find I am more inspired now by what other people sew and by fabric than by clothes in shops, or catalogues.
2. What’s on my list?
Dresses and tops. Maybe trousers and a jacket or two in the long term
3. Why am I stash busting?
Because I bought nearly 50 pieces of fabric in 9 months, since starting to sew again! This year I want to apply the “use it or lose it” mantra to my stash – both sewing and paper crafting. TBH too much stash makes choice over whelming, I would like to have no more than 10 pieces of garment sized fabric, preferably 5, eventually.
In January I used 10 metres of fabric and made 3 tops and one dress. So that’s 20% of the way towards my goal of using 50 metres! But I have bought three patterns, the ballet dress pattern and the two below. The vintage one is very much an “aspirational” pattern – who knows if I will ever make it, but I just liked it!
I am really pleased that I did a piece of “unselfish sewing” – took these trousers up for my dad. I am generally a very selfish sewer, so this is it for 2014.
I fell off the wagon in terms of fabric buying! BUT it wasn’t intended for me! This kingsize duvet cover and 4 matching pillow cases came from a charity shop for £4.50. I wanted to cut it down to a single duvet cover for boy number 2 to take to university. His reaction was “Ugh I don’t want a second hand duvet cover!”. Bearing in mind he is quite happy with hand me down clothes I couldn’t understand the reaction. Anyway he wasn’t to be shifted, so it’s in my stash and I think it will make a great dress!
Conclusion – it’s hard not to buy fabric and patterns, I thought I was being good this month! My aim for February and March is no more vintage patterns and keep out of charity shops!