Color: White For: Yourself Pattern: Stripes Inspiration: Birds Challenge #1: Take stock of your stash. Marvel at all the great things in there. Share some pics with the rest of us if you are feeling very brave Challenge #2: Make some goals. Share them here. Write them on a post it and stick it above your craft space. Embroider them on your hankie. Spray-paint them on the side of your house. Tattoo them on your arm. Whatever works for you.
Stashes are an inevitable part of the crafting process. They start out small (that skein of yarn you just had to have, even though you don't know what you are going to make with it) and slowly grow to epic proportions (two fat quarters, three tubes of beads, four yards of corduroy, 5 jars that are too good to recycle, etc. etc. etc). After a while you may realize that you have enough pipe-cleaners to re-wire your house, and that you can't put your coat away because the hall closet is entirely full of batting, pompoms, and googly eyes. Non-crafters might see this as a problem, but we see it as a wonderful opportunity for creativity.
Whatever your craft (embroidery, beading, sewing, welding), type of stash (fabric, yarn, bits of string too small to save), or motivation (frugality, boredom, freeing up space for more supplies) we hope you will joint us here as we spend the year shopping our stash to make marvelous things! There will be monthly themes and challenges to inspire you or be ignored as the spirit moves you, discussions, encouragement, and happy crafting. We've been doing this since 2009 and had a lot of fun along the way. We hope you do too!
TheMistressT - I love that headband (and having serious stash envy for that fabric)
alwaysinmyroom - How do you have time to make so many awesome things? It's all I can do to get my shoes on the right feet most days?
stillatthetop - Ooh, I like your crafty room idea - it sounds really cozy!
2015 has been an interesting year on the stash front. I went back and looked at my goals from page 2... Yeah, I achieved none of those. Oh well! My fabric, ribbon, and lace stash ballooned, since I absorbed a bunch of stuff from family and friends, and some purchases of my own. Yarn remained at a steady state - I added about as many skeins as I used up. I managed not to buy any more pretty paper (that way madness lies) and even used up more than last year, but it didn't put a noticeable dent in the hoard. Here's to productive DeStashing in 2016!
I'm working on the 2016 DeStashAlong! Please let me know if you have any ideas for improvements, themes, or challenges!
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Apparition House: Hufflepuff Project Name: Pussy Willow Dress Brief Description: The print on this dress reminds me of the woods behind my grandparents house in winter, back when I was a kid. They look very different now (in a not nice way) so it's nice to have that reminder.
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Astronomy House: Hufflepuff Project Name: Dotty Dress Brief Description: The fabric for this dress is bright red, with even brighter red polka-dots. On the whole it looks a lot like a strawberry, not that that's a bad thing...
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Detention - December House: Hufflepuff Project Name: Sweater Stripe Dress Brief Description: I made enough little Christmas dresses I considered decorating my tree with them in place of ornaments. After all, they're about the right scale. In the end, this was one of my favorite "decorations" for my dolls
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Flying House: Hufflepuff Project Name: Fix-Its Brief Description: Yes, these are nearly identical to a dress I made last semester. When I was getting ready to send that dress off I noticed I'd nicked the skirt when I was trimming the seam allowance, and it had been completely hidden in the gathers. Well, I couldn't send it out like that, so what to do. Attempt 1(right hand picture) - Picked apart the dress and re-used the bodice and lace with a new skirt piece. You can't really predict how the motifs are going to fall, and I wasn't really sure I liked it. Attempt #2 (left hand picture) re-used the original skirt, shortened, with slightly longer lace and a new bodice. I ended up sending my first attempt off, but I needed to see them side by side to decide which one worked best. Not how I was expecting to spend my time!
Class/Challenge/House Pride: History of Magic House: Hufflepuff Project Name: Pink Checkered Dress Brief Description: This dress turned out sickeningly sweet, which is an apt description of how you'd feel after eating a ton of treats from Honeydukes and the wash it down with some tea and pastries from Madame Puddifoots.
I am so sorry for being Missing in Action since August. I got sucked into my etsy shop vortex (which has resulted in the fabric stash growing rather more than I expected) but the DeStashing goes on! Please excuse the massive project dump as I spam the DeStash projects I've done in the past four or five months. Only about half the pictures are showing up in my preview (the others are just showing links) but maybe that's a good thing. It helps avoid picture overload.
Color: Silver Pattern: Snowflakes For: Your Home Challenge: Take a deep breath, step back, and marvel at all the wonderful things you've made from your stash this year. How did you do on your goals from January? How has you stash changed and evolved? What was your favorite part of the DeStash-Along this year, and how can it be improved for next year?