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« 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
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« Reply #1 on: December 31, 2013 05:06:36 PM »

Monthly Themes
Posted at the beginning of the year for those who like to look ahead.  They will be posted at the beginning of each month as well, and may be slightly re-arranged as the year progresses.

Color: White
Pattern: Solids
For: Something to help with a New Year's Resolution
Challenge 1: Take stock of stash!  Figure out what you have, and create some goals for the coming years.
Challenge 2: Finish up remaining Works in Progress from 2013 (or earlier).

Color: Red
Pattern: Paisley
For: Organizing
Challenge 1: Put the stash in order.  Untangle your yarn, fold your fabric, and throw out the bits of string that are too small to save.
Challenge 2: Make a just-because present for someone who needs to be cheered up or as a Random Act of Kindness.

Color: Yellow
Pattern: Polka Dots
For: Animals, pets, or the fuzzies at the pound.
Challenge 1: Now that you've got a good handle on what you have in stash you may have come across some things that you know you will never use.  Weed these items and give them away to someone who can use them.
Challenge 2: Make something from the millions of tutorials you've collected on Pinterest, or from one of your vast hoards of craft and pattern books.

Color: Blue
Pattern: Stripes
For: Yourself
Challenge 1: Use materials in stash to learn a new craft or practice a new technique.
Challenge 2: Make something for charity.

Color: Green
Pattern: Floral
For: Your yard, window box, or back alley.
Challenge 1: If your stash is anything like mine you've got a fair amount that was given to you by older friends and relatives trying to reduce their own stashes.  Make them something from the materials they gave you.
Challenge 2: Nature Crafts!

Color: Pink
Pattern: Abstract
For: Teachers and instructors
Challenge 1: Use the item in your stash that you've had the longest.
Challenge 2: At the end of the month we'll have been DeStashing for 6 months.  Take stock of your stash, tidy it up, and see how you're doing with your goals from January.

Color: Turquoise
Pattern: Maps, charts, and letters
For: Charity
Challenge 1: Make a scrappy projects to use up odds and ends.
Challenge 2: Make a gift or two in preparation for the winter gift-giving season to cut down on the stress in December.

Color: Orange
Pattern: Stars
For: Friends
Challenge 1: Trade stash with a friend - not the whole thing, obviously, but things you are tired of looking at will be shiny and new to someone else.
Challenge 2: Craft something from the theme of a swap that has caught your attention recently, whether you joined the swap or not.

Color: Whatever is your favorite
Pattern: Argyle
For: Kids
Challenge 1: Recycle, Re-purpose, and Reuse.
Challenge 2: Teach someone a craft and use materials from your stash for instruction.

Color: Black
Pattern: Lace
For: Your workplace
Challenge 1: If you have a super special item that you've been saving for a perfect project there's no time like the present to use it.
Challenge 2: Make some small, portable projects.

Color: Brown
Pattern: Plaid
For: Transportation - your car, bike, water-buffalo, however you get around.
Challenge 1: In our family we have a saying "all done but the pressing" quoting a great-grandmother who was great at starting projects but not so great at the final details needed to make them usable.  Put the finishing touches on any languishing almost-finished projects.
Challenge 2: Make things in bulk.  Those multiples may come in handy next month.

Color: Silver
Pattern: Folk-Art
For: Your Home
Challenge 1: Congrats! You've been DeStashing for a year.  Take a look back and see how much you've accomplished.
Challenge 2: Help come up with ideas that will make next year's DeStashAlong better.

Pictures posted along with the monthly themes are found in the creative commons on flickr.
« Last Edit: January 29, 2014 06:53:28 AM by gaudiknight » THIS ROCKS   Logged

« Reply #2 on: December 31, 2013 05:07:06 PM »

Just in case.

« Reply #3 on: December 31, 2013 06:11:16 PM »

January Themes

white chain stitch detail by jessicakelly, on Flickr

Color: White
Pattern: Solids
For: Craft something to help with a New Year's Resolution
Challenge 1: Take stock of your stash!  Figure out what you have, where it is, and create some goals for the coming years.  We applaud anyone brave enough to share photos of their Stash in its raw state.
Challenge 2: Finish up remaining Works in Progress from 2013 (or earlier years if any still remain).


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« Reply #4 on: December 31, 2013 07:48:11 PM »

I find this to be intriguing, but I guess I don't get how it works.  Do we make something in a solid white for our New Year's resolution?  And what are the challenges for?

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« Reply #5 on: December 31, 2013 09:25:19 PM »

I find this to be intriguing, but I guess I don't get how it works.  Do we make something in a solid white for our New Year's resolution?  And what are the challenges for?

If it is like last year, the different things are starting points to work from.  It doesn't have to be one thing using all of the prompts.  Of course, if you can use them all at once, that is super cool!  Smiley
For example:  If your new years resolution is "be kinder" to others, then make a hoopla in whatever color you want that says something about being kind. 
Or, if you have a ton of white paper in your papercrafting stash, make a bunch of white paper roses. 

Feel free to correct me if I'm wrong, everyone.  Smiley

« Reply #6 on: December 31, 2013 10:42:43 PM »

I find this to be intriguing, but I guess I don't get how it works.  Do we make something in a solid white for our New Year's resolution?  And what are the challenges for?

Themes are there simply as motivation/inspiration/starting-points-if-you're-stumped or if you enjoy working with specific challenges in mind.  They can be ignored at will.  I'll try to make that a little clearer in the intro.

« Reply #7 on: January 01, 2014 12:48:14 AM »

I need to do this. I have a ridiculous amount of yarn and I've only been knitting since September. And that doesn't begin to include the other supplies I have accumulated since then.

My goals for January:
Organize my yarn supplies
Don't buy any more yarn until current supply is used up
Do something with the crazy amount of swatches I have knitted up
Finish my WIP afghan

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« Reply #8 on: January 01, 2014 02:42:31 AM »

Since I am doing the 50 projects in 2014 craftalong it seems sensible to join in here as well Smiley

I did manage to get through all of last year without buying any yarn, so I am going to try that again - with the exception of when I go on holiday to Orkney in April!


I was given a huge pile of heavy weight furnishing fabric last year so must find something to do with it all. 

I have far too many beads that I will never work with now. These need to be sorted sold/swaped to clear room for better quality beads Smiley

I am also going to try and keep a track of how much I spend on Craft supplies this year too.

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« Reply #9 on: January 01, 2014 03:28:46 AM »

I need to do this. I have a ridiculous amount of yarn and I've only been knitting since September.

LOL!  I am joining this one, because...well.  I take craft hoarding to a completely new level.  I have 3 of those nifty reusable grocery bags full of yarn... not that I know how to crochet or knit anything.  I learned to make long crochet strings as a child, and that is as far as my skill set has ever gotten.  

And...I used all of those long strings to make an infinity scarf!  They were all in a little clear rubber maid tote, so I pulled them out and knotted them together.  I posted it in the "50 projects" craftalong.  WOOT!  I did something that destashed, and completed something, all at the same time!  (Boy do I hope I can keep this up.  I'll have my craft room back in no time at this rate!)

So, my areas to Destash are:  

1) Beads and jewelry stuff:  complete and actually do something with the jewelry I make.  Not just shove it into baggies.  
2) Embroidery/hoopla stuff:  Complete and actually hang up the hooplas I make.  
3) Fabric:  LOL.  Who am I kidding?  Yeah.  That won't get touched until 2015 Destash along.  Tongue
4) Papercrafting:  Um.  Yeah.  I have lots of that.  Perhaps a bonfire is in order...
5) yarn:  Um.  Take those weird hoop knitter things that you wrap the yarn around and it makes things, and learn to use them?  Sure.  Most likely I will practice making more strings with the crochet needles.  

My crafting resolution is to not buy any more stuff.  The things I will buy are : glues and adhesives.  I will also most likely buy more hoops.   And Storage suppplies.    But that's it.  

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