At this sewing party I attended over the weekend the subject of fabric stash came up and an acronym that I had never heard of before piqued my interest – S.A.B.L.E. = Stash Acumulation Beyond Life Expectancy.
Has anyone else heard of this term? I thought it was hilarious yet probably very true for many.
Some of the women at the party admitted to stashes that, were it food and not fabric, would feed all of North Korea.
One woman had one of those double folding door closets filled to the brim with quilting cottons alone!
This is a surprising thought for me because I am not, in any way, a fabric hoarder. I’ll gaze and admire many pretty fabrics on the interwebs but I’m rarely compelled to buy them and I never shop at the big fabric stores without at least a 40% off coupon (which limits my shopping to my number of coupons).
Every fabric I buy I purchase with the intention of using it for a specific project. Even if I don’t know the exact pattern I will use I will have already decided if the fabric will become a dress or top or coat or whatever.
My fabric stash consists entirely of fabric about to be used; leftovers from already made projects; and staples like muslin fabric, interfacing, and plain colored batiste for linings. And even still, that amount is a little too much for my minimalist comfort level.
On the other hand I load up on on sale sewing patterns like it’s bottled water before a hurricane.
And I’m also guilty of hoarding scraps. Anything bigger than my hand is saved in a bin because I have this delusion that one day they’ll be used for some crafty project. I really should stop kidding myself but I don’t like to waste anything.
The woman with the closet of cotton also said that sewers load up on fabric most often when they aren’t sewing (maybe they’re too busy, away from their machine for awhile, etc). Something about trying to fill a creative void with thoughts of sewing. I’m not sure where she learned that tidbit but I think it makes sense. Fabric represents the opportunity to make something be it on a shelf or under a presser foot.
Even though I don’t have a huge stash I do envy those with so many options already at their fingertips in their own home. I, too, love browsing fabric sites for inspiration. I’ve even benefited from some of those stash owners at a recent fabric swap (I got the fabric for this skirt for free!).
So, to the Stashers – those who buy extra just to get free shipping on fabric.com, those who don’t care if their significant others complain about their fabric addictions, those who have kid rooms with closets filled with more fabric than childrens’ clothes, those whose hearts swoon at the sight of fine wools and silks, those whose idea of a great trip to NYC would not be a visit to Times Square but to Mood, those who keep little indie fabric stores (like the one I intern for) alive – I salute you!
How big is your stash? And if you are a SABLE person what is your most prized piece of fabric? You know, the one you’re saving for something really special. Have you ever participated in one of those stash busting challenges?
***See you next week after Christmas!