Monday, March 29, 2010
About once a year I dig into my studio and get all the fabrics and supplies organized. I should do it more often than that, but once a year is about what I can stand. A couple years ago I instituted the "dishpan method" of fabric management. It still works better than any other scheme I've ever come up with, but they do get scrambled after awhile and I seem to keep buying more dishpans and separating the colors into ever more subtle variations. Browns and blacks used to occupy one dishpan. Now there are two and now I have not blues, but blue-blues and green-blues. I haven't gotten to the greens yet, but I know they are not all going to fit into one dishpan and will no doubt find themselves segregated into dark and light or some other possibility.
This is slow work, but important, not only for tidying the place up, but it reminds me what I have. The bottom photo is my collection of solids. I use them a lot and have been collecting for years. I do not want to resort to dying my own fabric, so it is good to have lots of color variation. This does not include the stack I have pulled as potential fodder for my next 12 x 12 piece.The two crates are large pieces, the dishpans are smaller pieces.
I have discovered the TV show called "Hoarders". I have a sick fascination with it. People who cannot throw anything away, until their houses are waist-deep in clutter. It motivates me to keep things under control, but also frightens me. I think I can almost understand how it could just get so far ahead of you that you would give up on any idea of dealing with it. It really does feel good to get it all squared away though. Wish me luck.