Wednesday, November 28, 2012

A time to tear down

I suspect you are getting tired of me saying I still cannot see any links, including AEDM, and that I cannot leave comments on any blog with embedded text.  If you aren't sure what "embedded" is, simply scroll to the end of this post and see what it means and how to change your comments.    I'm tired of saying it, too, but I intend to leave this message on every blog post until Blogger does something about this problem, which seems to have affected other bloggers, as well.  


Now that all my holiday guests have gone and all the clean laundry (sheets) has been put away, it was time to turn my thoughts to getting rid of this embarrassing site before Christmas.  I like to believe I'm an organized person, but I have never had a handle on my growing fabric collection.  I apologize for these photos, but it's dark in my basement hallway where the fabric is now kept.  Even with all the lights on, it is difficult to see all this fabric, which I originally kept in my main floor craft room where my sewing machine is.  Of course, that was before there was so much of it, much of which are old clothes or bed sheets I've torn up for dyeing.  Originally, all my fabric was kept in that one bulging banker's box you see on the left.


  Here's a different view of the mess I've created for myself, and a


photo I took from the same spot using the flash.  I decided it was time to put my organizing skills to work and actually organize this fabric.  But, since I don't have any clear plastic containers, nor the money to buy any, how could I organize all this fabric?

The first step is to stage, then sort.


It was only logical to turn my basement cutting table into a staging area.


Since I'm color driven, I chose to sort into colors.  Yes, I really do know how to spell turquoise.  Beyond the table is the desk set up to pick up the overflow of white, along with hand dyed and hand painted fabric.


It's a lousy photo, but you should be able to tell I have enough room to navigate around the entire table.  I didn't think leaving the cutting mat on the table would hurt anything, and it was easier than trying to find a place to store it while I sorted.


This is the contents of that banker's box you saw in the first photo.


With just one box sorted, I could tell this was going to be a major undertaking.  You can see the area the box took up above the beige/brown sign.  Right now, I must deal with all the fabric, then determine the best way to store it.  This is just the beginning of this tale, I fear.


Today is day 29 of AEDM.  Just two more days. We're almost there!! And again, I apologize that I can't see the links or link to AEDM.  It is truly frustrating.

13 thoughtful remarks:

Corrine at sparkledaysstudio.com said...

I like sorting bycolor too until I start grabbing fabrics to use and then the jumble begins again and I don't have anywhere near the fabric you do. Good luck sorting it is a daunting task. The you can begin creating agnew. xox

Yvonne said...

Sorting by color and type of fabric is a good way to do it. It's a big job!

Craftymoose Crafts said...

Sometimes it feels good to lose myself in the sorting process--especially with my beads of which I have nearly or as many as you have fabric. I have them color sorted, too, into plastic containers that I got at a discount store.

Happy sorting!

see you there! said...

You may never have to buy or acquire fabric again. Sorting can be sort of meditative though. Good luck with it.

Darla

sandee said...

wow, you have a HUGE undertaking, but it will feel so wonderful when it's done! Just think how easy it will be after you're finished to find any color you need for a project! waving hi from the hills of North Carolina :)

Rebeca Trevino said...

what a task! i need to do the same thing in my own studio, only with "stuff" not just fabric.
if you find a need to donate some fabrics, as i did last year when i cleared out my own fabrics stash, look for a group of quilters in your area who make quilts for people in need in your community.

I donated my fabrics to the Santa Rosa Quilt Guild in my area. they made and donated over 1300 quilts in 2011 helping various service organizations in our community.

http://www.santarosaquiltguild.org/community-quilts.php

the Guild was delighted to take all the cotton fabrics i gave them, and i got a chance to start collecting again. . . .
have fun!

Dianne said...

I was astounded at your 'fabric stash'-- Bravo that you are organizing it! Unfortunately my fabric isn't even all in the same place. some are in those clear plastic boxes you mentioned, but much is in plastic bags left over from projects...*sigh*. I even have vintage scraps from my grandmothers' stashes! but I do adore fabric. maybe someday I'll get organized.

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Karen M said...

It's amazing, really, how fast fabric can multiply! At least you have a great space to work on sorting things. Hart to believe its almost the end of AED month.

Halle said...

That is very smart sorting by color. Mine was sorted by color and type once upon a time. Some of the boxes are still in relatively good shape. Sorting all my fabric, trims and sewing stuff is on my "long-term" to-do list. As you know...it takes time and space for that undertaking!!!!

~*~Patty S said...

You are the organizational Queen Mz E!!! I bow to you :)

You would start twitching if you saw how I roll LOL

Happy Thursday!
oxo

~*~Patty S said...

oh and I DO really like your Color sorting ... makes good sense!

Marilyn Rock said...

Terrific way of sorting fabrics! I am starting to think about re-organizing my whole art area....it's going to be major! :)

xxoo

*jean* said...

that is a great idea for organizing! i don't have that gift so thanks for sharing! i will try it with my paper stash!