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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / 2017 DeStash Along on: January 01, 2017 11:30:48 AM
2017 DeStash-Along

Crafts by Peter Dutton, on Flickr

For most crafters the question isn't "Do You Have a Stash?" but rather "How big is your stash?"  Stashes can be big or small, from a single jar of seed beads to enough yarn to insulate your house.  They let us whip up last minute decorations and gifts, squirrel awesome supplies away until we can figure exactly how to use them, and rest easily in our beds knowing that in some future dystopia where pipe-cleaners are used as currency we will live like royalty.

Stashes are amazing things to have, but they are even more fun to use.  Join us on a year-long crafting spree through your stash!  All crafts and materials are welcome.  We post monthly themes and challenges to help kick-start your creativity, but don't feel yourself bound by them.  This is a place to talk with your fellow supply enthusiasts and show off projects made with your carefully curated hoard stash.

Join any time!

We've been going strong since 2009.  Take a look at our past DeStash Alongs for more information and inspiration:
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / 2016 Annual DeStash-Along on: January 01, 2016 07:37:30 AM
2016 Annual DeStash-Along

Macro Threads 4 by nickcummins, on Flickr

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!

Previous DeStash-Along Threads can be found here, for more information and inspiration
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / 2015 Annual DeStash-Along on: December 31, 2014 12:44:07 PM

Grover and Frances Folsom Cleveland Portrait Advertising Card by Cornell University Library, on Flickr

Stashes!  They're pretty awesome, right?  They can represent years and years of carefully (or not so carefully) curated craft supply hoarding.  They let us sleep secure in our bed knowing that should the world as we know it end tomorrow, we will have enough googly eyes and pipe cleaners to use as currency in the new barter economy.

This craft-along isn't about being ashamed of our stashes, it's about creating with them.  We recognize that stashes come in all shapes and sizes, and can be amazing resources or occasionally overwhelming.  We're here to marvel at your creations, cheer you along, and help you with your DeStashing goals during the next 12 months.

All are welcome, whether your craft is sewing, tatting, beading, or welding.  Join in any time, be it January or June.  The more the merrier!  The monthly themes are here for people who thrive on a challenge or are in need of an extra bit of inspiration, but don't feel yourself restricted by them.  Simply dive in, post pics of crafts made from your super stash, and join in the discussion.

Previous DeStash-Along Threads can be found here, for more information and inspiration
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / 2014 DeStash-Along (CLOSED) on: December 31, 2013 05:06:07 PM
2014 DeStash-Along

Sewing for a production, c. 1930s / by Sam Hood by State Library of New South Wales collection, on Flickr

Stashes.  Everyone has one, whether it consists of a shoe-box full of beads tucked under our bed or enough yarn and fabric to fill an entire room.  We add to them with thoughts of glorious projects to be, but occasionally these supplies get neglected once we get them home.  This CraftAlong, or DeStash-Along if you will, is here to provide motivation and inspiration to dig through what we have on hand and create marvelous things.  The purpose isn't to be ashamed of our stashes, but to celebrate them.  Let those great materials see the light of day again! Show off the great things you can make without going to the shops!

We'd love to have you along for the 6th year of the DeStash-Along.  There will be themes and challenges each month to provide a starting point if you are in need of  some extra inspiration, but feel free to ignore them if they don't mesh with your current crafty urges.  Whether you stumble upon this thread in January or June, join in the discussions, share projects and pictures, ask questions when you're stumped, and keep on crafting!

Previous DeStash-Along Threads can be found here, for more information and inspiration
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / 2013 Annual DeStash-Along (CLOSED) on: December 31, 2012 08:29:11 AM

Sewing bee at Bethungra by Australian War Memorial collection, on Flickr

Whether we measure the volume by the bin, basket, cupboard, closet, or room, stashes are an integral part of every crafter's life.  They provide inspiration for our next project and let us to give in to late night crafting urges without running to the store.  Or they just allow us to sleep in our beds at night secure in the knowledge that when the Zombie Apocalypse comes we will have enough yarn, sequins, and glitter glue to see us through.

It isn't a question of "do you have a stash?" but "do you want to make the most of your stash?"

If so, welcome to the 5th Annual DeStash-Along -- a year long celebration and shopping spree through our vast hordes of supplies on hand.  We traditionally have monthly themes and challenges, share pictures and ideas, and generally have a good time together.  

We do hope you'll join us.

Previous DeStash-Along Threads can be found here, for more information and inspiration
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / 2012 DeStash-Along (*Closed*) on: December 30, 2011 01:08:44 PM

Stashes!  We all have them.  For some they are a source of pride.  Others might find them a bit overwhelming.  They can baffle the non-crafters in your life.  But the myriad of supplies you have gathered over the years through careful planning, impulse buys, and odd acquisitions that you can't quite explain should be inspiring.  

If you want to be a frugal crafter in 2012, are getting a bit overwhelmed by all your treasures, or simply need some extra motivation to finally use the five million beads stored away in the hall closet, this is the craftalong for you.  Whatever your stash, be it yarn, fabric, thread, cupcake liners, or rebar, this is the place to proudly show off the projects you have made from materials you have on hand.  Not sure what to do with a supply your great-aunt's next door neighbor gave you?  Find inspiration here!

There will be themes, challenges, and the occasional discussion topic posted monthly.  Don't feel yourself bound by them, they're simply there to kick start your imagination if necessary.  All we ask is that you post a project or two a month (more or less is fine, there's no pressure) and join us for a year long crafting spree through our stashes.  Hope you can join us!

This is the fourth year we've had a DeStash Along on Craftster.  The old threads can be found here:

7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / 2011 DeStash-Along-CLOSED on: December 26, 2010 09:41:25 PM

As much fun as it is to hoard craft supplies, it is even more fun to use them.  This is the third annual craft-along devoted to projects made from our stash.  Join us on a year long shopping spree through the materials we have on hand.  We'd love to see at least one project from stash per month, but more is definitely encouraged.  There will be themes, challenges, and discussion topics every month to inspire or ignore as your crafting muse fancies.  Feel free to post your goals, keep us updated with your progress, and show us lots of pictures.  And remember, its never too late to join!

Past DeStash-Alongs can be found here:
2009: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=282392.0
2010: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=332509.0

January: White, for yourself, stripes, birds, take stock of your stash.
February: Red, for someone who needs cheering, polka-dots, hearts, unfinished objects
March: Green, for charity, argyle, "green" crafts, letting things go.
April: Yellow, for the outdoors, floral, using that special material.
May: Purple, for the home, checked, learn a new craft.
June: Pink, for kids, argyle, 6 month stash review.
July: Blue, for anyone, stars, knock out a winter holiday present early
August: Free for All
September: Brown, for organizing, plaid, final touches.
October: Orange, for Halloween, wood & trees, bits and bobs.
November: Free for All
December: Red and Green, for last minute presents, shiny things, end of the year stash assesment
Let the DeStashing Begin!
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / 2010 DeStash-Along-CLOSED--Join us in the 2011 Destash Along on: December 31, 2009 02:59:35 PM

Welcome to the second annual DeStash-Along!

Are you trying to be a frugal crafter this year?  Are your friends/significant others/goldfish becoming alarmed by the vast crafting resources you have amassed?  Is your collection of UFOs extensive enough to deserve a place in a museum?  Do you simply enjoy the challenge of making things out of the materials on hand?  If so, this is the thread for you.

In the spirit of last years' thread (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=282392.0) we will be posting pictures of projects made predominantly from stashed materials, and encouraging others in their quest to rediscover and utilize their stash!

Suggestions to help stir up the creative juices for de-stashing throughout the year.  Don't consider yourself bound to these, but if they inspire de-stashing, all to the good.

January: white, winter, plaid, owls/birds, for yourself
February: red, polka dots, hearts, "adult" things, for the kitchen
March: green, pin stripes, shopping bags, inspired by a game, for your SO/other loved one,
April: pink, paisley, rain, recycled/repurposed items, for the bedroom
May: purple, argyle, toys/playthings, subversive crafts, for your parents
June: blue, ATCs, craft-themed, pin-up girls, for your kids
July: yellow, animal prints, vacation, patriotic, for the bathroom
August: metallics, lacy, sea life, crafts from a different time, for the exterior of your house
September: black, back to school, more arty less crafty, wearables, for your pets
October: orange, sparkly, skulls/skeletons, inspired by music, for a costume
November: brown, natural prints, craft you've never tried before, trees/leaves, for a holiday gift
December: holiday colours, animals, inspired by a book or movie, snowflakes, for charity/acts of Craftivism
9  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Clown Doublet on: June 26, 2008 05:47:36 PM
I took costume construction as an elective my last year at college (Fall 2006).  It was a ton of work, but really improved my sewing, especially at the finishing stage and attention to detail.  Mistakes that I would have let slide when sewing for myself were ripped out and redone multiple times when I was sewing for a grade.

The final project for the class was a doublet that incorporated all sorts of different techniques such as different sleeve caps, piping, zippers, and anything else the instructor could think to throw in.  The finished product is something no one would wear in public, but I am insanely proud of how mine turned out.  The bright colors and vintage floral print make me very happy.



(not the most flattering of shots)


It took me forever to get this to hang correctly, so it gets a picture by itself.


Artfully draped to give a glimpse of facings and zippers.  Everything but the sleeves is backed with trigger.

The class got rather behind as the semester progressed, so we weren't required to do closures or cuffs on the sleeves.  Someday I may, but that day is unlikely to come any time soon.
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / help needed with "patchwork" skirt on: October 28, 2004 10:25:50 PM
On a rescent trip to the maryland renaissance faire a freind and I found a clothing vendor who was giving away remnants, so we now have a nice supply of hand sized scraps of velvet, tapestry, and other fabrics of this type.  My freind wants to make a skirt pieceing (sp?) all her bits together, and I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions for this sort of project.  My sewing abilities are rather basic, and hers are non-existant, so it should be quite an adventure.
Thanks for the input.
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