Stash busting

It’s contagious – not only have I made some in-roads into my stash, we’ve also made a start on mum’s. We both agree that we have too much unwanted/unused craft stuff, so I have decided to dedicate some time to finding new people to love it… and hopefully make use of it, rather than have it cluttering up our houses.

Some of our unwanted stash

Some of our unwanted stash

So far, I have dispatched more than 12 metres of cotton jersey fabric and 21 zips to new owners and I think I’ve got someone who wants three old quilling tools. Currently I’m looking for people wanting single-sided fleece, lace fabric, a bit more cotton jersey and a lot of sequins. If you are interested, please look at my shop window page, which I will try to keep updated with the things we want to sell. In addition, I have a box of antique lace and a collection of 60-year-old embroidered handkerchiefs, but I need to get some advice about those before proceeding (watch out for an e-mail Kerry!). There’s likely to be lots of fabric and card-making supplies in the future too.

As for the yarn destash, I’m currently averaging a hat per day. This means that I’ve now made three beanies, three berets, two turbans and two slouch hats in the past week and a half:

Hat-tastic!

Hat-tastic!

I have to stop temporarily as I have a commission, but when I resume I’ll try to diversify the palette a bit more!

Goings and Comings

Goings

Gradually filling the raised bed... a layer of greenery next

Gradually filling the raised bed… a layer of greenery is required next

I think that I have finally worked my way through most of the old paperwork in my work room and banished it to form the lovely absorbent base layer in our new raised bed. In a fit of enthusiasm I also went through a couple of large plastic crates that were lurking in the bottom of the wardrobe and that also contained long-neglected teaching materials. Go Me! Now, I’m moving on to craft materials…

Over the years I’ve tried my hand at lots of crafts… some have become firm favourites, whilst my interest in others has waned. Years ago, for example, I used to enjoy Brazilian three-dimensional flower embroidery, but these days it does not pique my interest. Similarly, I have done no encaustic wax painting for years, nor have I made paper. And, I have finally admitted to myself that I really don’t enjoy dressmaking. And so, the next task is to find good homes for my unwanted craft items. To this end I have joined a swap/sell pre-loved craft stuff group on Facebook. I’ve tried selling via ebay with mixed success, so I thought a targeted group like this one might be a good alternative. And so it is proving… I have takers for a pile of t-shirt fabric, another piece of fabric and a bundle of zips – and this is only after one day. I know that I won’t be able to get rid of everything this way (the shoulder pads remain unclaimed, despite offering them free, just for the cost of the postage), but at least some of my unwanted crafting supplies will be welcomed into new homes, where they may actually be used thus freeing up space for me.

What I do have to be cautious of is too much flowing in the opposite direction… I must not be tempted. Having said that, though, there have been a couple of arrivals this week, which leads us to the

Comings

Last week I had a lovely email from a participant on a course I taught a few years ago, with the offer of a set of purple glass snails. How could I refuse? And so yesterday morning I received these:

Glass snails

Glass snails

I’m not sure what I’m going to do with them yet… I could use them as buttons or embellishments and I think I need to have a good think about them for a while before I make a decision. Anyway, if you want to see more of Charli’s work, do take a look at Ugly Teapot.

The second arrival was, coincidentally, also in the form of buttons, these from the very talented Joanna Bond:

Ceramic buttons... with a tiny leaf motif in the middle of each

Ceramic buttons… with a tiny leaf motif in the middle of each

I commissioned these buttons for my sofa cushions, but I don’t think that I really want them to be tucked away out of sight (the shell ones that are currently on the cushions are good enough for that), so I think that I will use these to hold the main pieces of the cover together – making the joins a decorative feature and effectively creating a set of loose covers. I went to collect these buttons from Joanna’s studio where we discussed the possibility of an artistic collaboration – yarn and ceramics. If it works out, you’ll be the first to know!

So, the goings have far exceeded the comings, plus I’ve made a bit of money selling things that, to me, have become clutter. I think that counts as a successful few days!

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