This is the state of my sewing room right now. I say sewing room, though for the past few weeks the mess has forced me to sew at the dining room table. I’ve been telling myself for a year or so to clear out the cupboards and pass on the proceeds to someone who would put to use the fabric remnants, scraps, and the 15 or so Amy Butler patterns I acquired the year I taught a once-a-month Amy Butler bag class… It’s so easy to pile up fabrics and patterns when you work in a sewing shop! My needs as a sewist have changed, yet I’m still hoarding all this stuff. Which means I don’t have any room for the stuff I do use.
Today, I rolled up my sleeves and set to work. I’d love to tell you that everything is ship-shape and in good order, but I think this is a task that might take a little while. I uncovered piece after piece of leftover fabric, remembering the sewing and the blogging and the life those garments live.
Some of my “wasted space” is taken up by projects I haven’t yet finished. I have two deep drawers full of pieces of this medallion quilt– all of it in one place with the paper piecing templates and extra fabric pieces. It’s nowhere nearer completion than it was last year this time. I think I don’t love the tamarind color. What can I possibly do with this?
Fabric-a-brac is an annual stash-busting and social event that takes place all over New Zealand and more recently in Sydney and Brisbane! It provides crafters and sewists with a chance to de-stash, socialize, and score a few bargains. I’m very, very pleased to organize the second-ever Brisbane Fabric-a-brac at the State Library Queensland as part of Brisbane Fashion Week. Fashion Week in Brisbane is a chance to check out all the latest collections from local and international designers, but also features a range of events and discussions to enhance our understanding of clothing and textiles and the roles they play in our everyday lives.
Fabric-a-brac Brisbane will be held in conjunction with a fascinating panel discussion on Fashion and Cultural Identity, presented by women from the Romero Center– a local refugee-aid community center. If you’re interested, do follow the link and RSVP– it’s free! I am *very* intrigued (I’m an immigrant, too!) and look forward to hearing what these ladies have to say.
A portion of the proceeds from Fabric-a-brac Brisbane will go to benefit the good work at Karuna Hospice. Karuna are also accepting fabric and notions donations for their own fabric-a-brac table, and they’ll be selling tea and coffee and baked goods!
This event has really come together in the past two weeks, I’m almost out of space for stallholders. If you’d like to buy a stall space to de-stash and help Karuna Hospice, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or at my regular email address. I don’t expect to have space for much longer, so do drop me an email and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.
If you’d like to help out and donate fabric or baked goods for Karuna Hospice, email me at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll take good care of you.
If you’d like to drop by Fabric-a-brac to check out the finds, then mark your calendar for August 25th, 12-5pm, State Library Queensland, Level 2 Terrace. You can RSVP via the Fabric-a-brac Facebook page.
Meanwhile, I have quilting and crafting scraps to sort into neat little bundles for the sale… Silks, wools, lace, velvet, quilting fabrics, bags I cut out and labeled but never stitched- I’m clearing out as much as I can while I have the chance!
How does that sound, Brisbane? Also- if you’d like a tamarind and lime and black and while quilt that is 75% pieced, let me know!
And if you’re not in Brisbane– I’d love to hear of some great ways to get rid of extra sewing and crafting stuff. Do you hang on to remnants like me, or do you get rid of them? How do you tame your sewing room?