an acronym meaning Stash Amassed Beyond Life Expectancy
Have you a collection of fabric, patterns, or yarn that qualifies you for SABLE status?
There has been quite a discussion lately on some of the message boards about paring down, about owning "things", and about what is essential.
Lisa began a post last Friday asking the question: "If you could only take 12 patterns with you for a year, what would you take?" (I'm paraphrasing, go read her blog for her excellent ideas on the subject).
I had to think, because I don't think I have 12 patterns that I've used more than once. I tend to be a use it and move on kinda sewist. I think part of the desire to use a pattern more than once stems from the challenge it is to get one to fit, more than a desire not to spend $ on patterns. I'm finding, in sewing for my sister, that once I get a pattern fit, by gosh and by golly I'm going to Get My Money's/Time's worth out of that pattern. For myself, since my fitting issues haven't been that challenging, I'm willing to spend the time it takes to alter new patterns all the time.
Anyway, the patterns I have used more than once, mostly OOP now, are probably not the patterns I'd take with me.
Pop in later for pictures, since I will add some, but I've got to get some sewing done now.
I wanted to get this question out there though.
As you ponder Lisa's question of the 12 patterns you'd take with you,
think about this too:
- If you are fabric SABLE, and you had to make a decision on what to sew in the next 12 months, and what to let go of, How would you even begin to go about making the decisions?
I am quickly coming up on calling it finished on 50 garments this year - sewn. I had thought to wait to do this at 100, but I'm going to start on the first 50 now - Spring cleaning and all.
When I reach 50, I'm going to pull 50 Things out of my sewing room and do a 50 at 50 giveaway.
There will be everything from buttons to back issues on some Threads and Fiberarts to notions, books, trims and yes my friends, even fabric.
In fact, I think that I'm going to let go of 50 yds of fabric.
I should hit 50 by Friday.
So, on the weekend I'll be putting up my 50 and the way that you can put in your request for which of the 50 you would like. Stay tuned.
oh, and I really want to hear your ideas about how You would go about paring down - that question in blue up there.