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« on: December 30, 2017 06:52:24 PM »

2018 DeStash-Along

craft room 027 by Cheryl  Jaeger, 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?"

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.  Motivations for participation may vary and we are very Stash Positive space  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:

« Reply #1 on: December 30, 2017 06:52:58 PM »

Monthly Themes and Challenges

These are meant purely for inspiration.  Don't feel yourself bound by them if they don't fit your crafty mood for the month.

Color:  white
Pattern: dots
For: resolutions
Challenge 1:  It is time once again to take stock of your stash.  This means finding it all, seeing what you have, and identifying some goals for DeStashing in the coming year.  
Challenge 2:  Are there any other craftalongs that will help you with your goals this year?  If so, join up and spread the love around.

Color:  pink
Pattern: swirls
For: organizing
Challenge 1:  Now that you've located and looked at your stash, you might be ready to get it in some kind of order.  Untangle your yarn, sort your seed beads, and generally make sure you can find things in your stash easily so that you can use them.  If that's too daunting, you could just clear off your crafting surface so you're ready for your next project.  Whatever makes the most sense for you.  And if you're brave enough to post pictures, we would love to see them.
Challenge 2: Finish the oldest UFO (unfinished object) you can still find.

Color:  green
Pattern:  flowers
For:  yourself
Challenge 1:  What can I do with this?  What /is/ this?  Why was I saving this?  These are all questions you may have asked yourself over the past two months.  If you've come across stash that you can't quite figure the best use for, post a picture here and ask.  Who knows what another pair of eyes (or two) can come up with!?
Challenge 2: Any brave souls want to join me for a month long craft supply diet?  It's totally optional, and you get to choose how strict you want to be... (*runs for cover*)

Color:  Purple  
Pattern:  Paisley
For:  Your car, bicycle, scooter, or donkey cart.  However you get around.
Challenge1:  Now that you've done a bit of cleaning, picked our collective brains for new uses for old items, and generally had a while to ponder your stash, you may come to the conclusion that there are some items in there you are never going to use.  That's okay!  Pass them along to someone else.  (After all, that makes room for new stuff).
Challenge 2: Okay, so we've all probably got a pinterest boards or a bookmark folder full of neat tutorials we've saved for later.  Well, later is now, so how about rolling up your sleeves and giving one or two of them a try.  

Color:  Yellow  
Pattern:  Stripes
For:  Teachers
Challenge 1:  Is there a craft your mom, grandmother, great-aunt or the like taught you when you were very little but you haven't tried in ages?  If the supplies are in your stash, give it a try again.  You'll be amazed at what your fingers remember.
Challenge 2:  Concentrate on the material that makes up the largest portion of your stash, be it yarn, seed beads, or whatever.

Color:  Orange  
Pattern:  Solids
For:  Yard (or windowsill/balcony/fire-escape for the apartmet dwellers out there)
Challenge 1:  Six month check in!  Has your stash migrated?  Grown?  Shrunk?  Take a look back at your DeStashing resolutions and see how far you've come.  Are your goals still relevant, or do you need to do some tweaking?
Challenge 2: Have any swaps caught your eye recently but you weren't able to join?  Make something for yourself using the same themes.

Color:  Red
Pattern:  Checks/Gingham
For:  Friends
Challenge 1:  Is there a special item in your stash you have been saving for just the right project, whatever that might be?  Go ahead and give yourself permission to use it!
Challenge 2:  Take some stress out of the holidays by making a gift now.  Just remember where you put it when the time to actually give it away comes around.

Color:  Rainbow  
Pattern:  Stars
For:  Pets
Challenge 1:  Make a scrappy project!  This is also a good time to go through your scraps and realistically evaluate how small something can be and still be useful.
Challenge 2:  On the go projects - Make something you can work on while you're out and about.

Color:  Grey  
Pattern:  Argyle
For:  Your Workplace (or School if that's more appropriate)
Challenge 1:  Remember those supplies you bought to teach yourself a new craft that are languishing unused at the bottom of your stash?   Now might be a good time to dust them off, find some instructions, and knuckle down.
Challenge 2: Use up a specific number of items from your stash.  You know what you have better than anyone else, but try for something like 1 yard of cloth, 2 skeins of yarn, 4 buttons, 8 sheets of scrapbook paper, 16 beads, etc. etc. etc.  Whatever suits your stash best, just pick a number and try your hardest.

Color:  Black  
Pattern:  Lace
For:  Cold Weather (If you live in the Southern Hemisphere, I of course meant to say Warm Weather gear)
Challenge 1:  If you're anything like me, you love the adrenaline rush at the beginning of the project, but by the time rolls around to clip threads, sew on snaps, and all the other little things that make a project truly finished you've gotten bored and moved on to the next craft.  So pull out those almost finished projects from wherever they're hiding, and take care of the finishing touches.
Challenge 2: Much like our pinterest challenge from earlier in the year this one is about all the lovely craft books you have lined up on your shelf.  If you have a book you love but have never done anything from, pull it down and see if something from your stash will suit.

Color:  Brown
Pattern: Plaid
For: Charity
Challenge 1:  Host a crafternoon with friends.  Its a great way to make gifts in bulk ahead of the holiday season.  And fresh eyes looking at your stash may find new ways to use materials that would never occur to you.
Challenge 2: Make more than one of something.  If you've already got the supplies out, it might be nice to make a batch, some to keep, some to give away.

Color: Blue  
Pattern: Shiny
For: The House
Challenge 1:  This is such a busy time of year whatever DeStashing you get done this month is just icing on the cake.  But if you have time, it might be a good idea to just take a look around your stash again and see how far you've come.
Challenge 2:  Help me come up with new ideas to make the 2019 DeStashAlong even better!  
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« Reply #3 on: December 30, 2017 07:35:15 PM »

I am IN!

Here I will post photos from the begining & the end of the year of my stash of:



Yarn l-r synthetic and natural fiber


Embroidery floss


Fulled and disassembled sweaters

Fur coats from the thrift store



And what I make out of them Smiley.

January detash goal is to use things I've gotten in swaps that were intended for larger projects (felt twinchies, TM patches, slow stitching).
I joined the 50 in '18-along as motivation to keep crafting.

1. Felt twinchie sketch book cover
2. Flower hats
3. Tiny bell jar scenes
4. Poetry spools
5. Rainbow cushion cover
6. Needle minder (first ever)
7. Card and envelop sets
8. Fabric zipper pouches
9. Crochet squashed animal bookmarks
10. Journal pen holders
11. Crochet embellishments
12. TM quick pouch tutorial
13. Ginormous "Sweaterpus"
14. Sock Monkey dress from tshirt scraps
15. Tshirt duvet cover
16. Positive Thoughts journal cover
17. 2" scrappy squares draw string bag and zippered pouch
18. Crocheted pass the piggies game with case
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« Reply #4 on: December 30, 2017 07:44:41 PM »

Took photos today of my craft room. Trying to shame myself into stopping the shopping just because it's a great sale, I have a coupon, what I already have isn't enough or isn't quite right, etc. I'm pretty good about giving away or using my stash but I still need a lot of self-restraint when it comes to craft stores or craft shows. You'll see what I mean if I get the photos posted.

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« Reply #5 on: December 30, 2017 07:59:17 PM »


I'm not great about working solely from stash, but I ALWAYS try to work from stash even if it's just thread for a sewing project. I am feeling committed to really making a dent in my fabric stash and got a great start in December 2017 with a bunch of place mats. After that I started a pinboard just for stash busting projects.

I would also like to make a dent in my paper and other ephemera stashes as well as complete a few stalled projects.


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« Reply #6 on: December 30, 2017 08:30:15 PM »

What a great group already!

I want to destash the following:

fabric strips
fabric misc. rectangles
red,white and blue fabrics
sock yarn

I will be joining a Space afghan crochetalong starting January 1.

White...hmmm...I have a crap load of white linen

dots....maybe I could make a mini mat of some sort with only dot fabrics


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« Reply #7 on: December 31, 2017 07:40:13 AM »

AIMR, I am deeply covetous of you linen stash!

Dots... hmmmm... I have some stash-busty pins with fabric yo-yos...

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« Reply #8 on: December 31, 2017 09:40:10 AM »

I am in - We rearranged the house so I truly have an office/crafting space that is all mine and I have filled a huge storage box with the fabrics that have been purchased to make clothes for me and daughter #2 that we never even started making. I bet I would win the stash contest on who has bought the most clothing patterns and fabric to go with, without ever opening the pattern. I would love to work my way through the box this year. Also have in mind actually crafting with all the yards and yards of blue fabric that I can not resist buying. I want to sew a coordinating kitchen set of oven mitts, quilted hot pads, embroidered fabric towel toppers etc. The fabric stash must be reduced this year! so many shelving units and the tops of each have boxes of fabric stashed because there is nowhere else to put them.

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« Reply #9 on: December 31, 2017 09:51:29 AM »

After moving three times this year I still have a lot of unused supplies to go through, including 10 quilts that need to be finished.

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