One of my challenges for de-cluttering is the area of craft supplies. Over the years, I have accumulated significant quantities of fabric and yarn (and quite a few beads). While I do sort through these to get rid of the “what was I thinking” items, actually using the stuff I like and want to use takes time, energy and inspiration that often seems in short supply.
Sewalongs and Knitalongs are popular ways of working with others online to help each particpant complete their own version of the same project.
The Stashbusting Sewalong appears to take its inspiration from these ancient methods of internet craft community building; however, rather than everyone making their own version of the same garment, this is about supporting your fellow craftspeople to reduce their stash (accumulated pile of fabric or yarn resources). To quote from the original post:
The 2013 Stashbusting Sewalong is a casual sewalong whose goal is to encourage us to reduce the size of our stashes. If you’ve got more fabric than you know what to do with, join Emily and me as we systematically purge our stashes by sewing items to fit a series of themes. We’ve got a whole schedule that you can follow if you need that kind of structure, or you can just join us by pledging to destash in your own way; it doesn’t matter if you want to follow our themes, as long as you use up that stash fabric. Either way, we know we’re in it together, and we know that others will be cheering us on as we go. If it takes a village to raise a child, well, it takes an online community to bust a stash!
Given the state of my workroom, this was an ideal opportunity for me:
Participants make a pledge in the comments section.
Here’s my pledge:
I, Jude (aka Verdant), commit to using up at least two crates worth of fabric (about 20 pieces) and all the loose bits on the floor. I also commit to finishing each project and not leaving any languishing a year waiting for sleeves or buttonholes.
These are the boxes I want empty and out of my space:
And here’s the first thing I’ve made towards this end:
More to come soon 🙂