I've read two awesome blog posts recently on fabric stashing and collections. First there was Kristin's called, "Why I'm not on a Stash Diet" and then there's Myrna's called "Thoughts on Space and Stash." Why did I like these blog posts so much? Because neither made you feel bad if you were a serious fabric collector. Both extolled the virtues of having the stash that is right for your needs, so to me, they included everyone under the sewing tent. In comparison to the conversations that talk about limiting how much stash you, as a sewist, should have.
However, after reading Myrna's I had a thought. Do you have a smaller stash/collection if you think of yourself more as a sewing technician? Now before you start doing a Justin Bieber on me and slinging eggs at my blog, what I'm trying to ask/say is if you're interested in the techniques ~ fit, learning procedures - how to make a bound buttonhole, etc. are you less likely to stash/collect? Because if you're a technician do you need a huge range of inspiration? Isn't it all about the procedure or the process?
Whereas if you are into the creativity of sewing - what colors work together in this outfit? How can you enhance, change, make different a top or a dress? Replicating/duplicating a current trend or look, wouldn't you need more material to work with? Wouldn't you need a supply of thread, fabric, notions to use so that when you started your creative journey you could work without having to stop and purchase anything?
And why do we as sewists limit ourselves? Myrna's opening paragraph states it so eloquently when she says she wonders if other creative souls have the same conversations about having too much. Which brings me back to my question, "Are you a sewing technician or a creative fiber artist?"
Please feel free to discuss in the comments...just remember to play nice! *LOL* Everyone's opinion is important to me and no ones should be denigrated. Alright so that is the first Question of the Day for 2014. Please chime in and tell me what you think, I'm truly interested!!!
...as always more later!