I believe the fabric stash is a well studied problem amongst sewers of the internets. Let's face it - pretty much unless you live in the heart of NY (aka walking distance from the garment district) as a home sewer, you probably have a stash. Big stash, little stash; patterns, fabric, and notions; vintage flea market finds or the latest excess fabric from the runways bought online, we all pretty much have one. The stash is different things to different people - for some a burden they seek to lessen, and for others a refuge of endless possibilities. Any way you look at it, the fabric stash is a condition we as home sewers can all share and understand. However, unlike a lot of home sewers, I also have a stash of a different kind. I have a sparkle stash.
Yes, indeed, I have a fairly extensive collection of all things shimmery, shiny, and glittery. Although my fabric stashing only really began in earnest the past year or so, my collection of all things shiny has been in full gear for over a decade. I always liked shiny things, but ever since I started skating my collection has grown in ernest. Beads, sequins, rhinestones - if it sparkles, I've got it.
Beads for jewelry making...
|The bead box|
|And small ones|
Sequins for costumes:
|Sequins on strings|
|Sequins in boxes|
|Sequins in bags|
|All shapes and sizes|
|The fake stuff|
And the good stuff - leaded glass crystals:
|My favorites - the big honkers|
|And the sew on beads|
|Squares and margarita flowers|
|In lots of colors|
|Gotta love the vitrails!|
|And of course good ol' crystal - plain and AB.|
|But the colors are more fun!|
I have seen a lot of people refer to themselves as magpies, but, honestly, in this case "magpie" doesn't even begin to cover it. No, what I have is a full blown case of "Liberaceism" - the constant urge to spangle, sparkle, or bedazzle any and all plain fiber surfaces. Instead of thinking about colors as they would be named in a box of crayons, I instead consider the world in shades of "Siam AB" "Capri Blue" and "Emerald." So you see sewing people of the internets, I have another stash, a sparkle stash, one that is extensive and varied.
And so I ponder... I know many of us have sewing stashes, but how many of us have other stashes? Is stashing a situation created by the nature of sewing, or do natural born stashers gravitiate towards sewing as an activity? How much stashing is too much? Is the severity of a stash determined by the quantity it contains, the cost of acquisition, or the space it consumes by residing unused? Do any other seamstresses spend this much time weighing the pros and cons of laminated plastic vs. leaded glass, or am I just an oddball? Is it a problem if sometimes all I want to do is pull out the stash, sit back, relax, and think, "ooo, shiny"?