When I was writing my book, I wrote and sewed at home. This was for my convenience, so that if I wanted to work till 2:am, I could. But this also meant that I had to bring home bins and bins of fabrics from my studio. I finished the book, then had an article or two to write, then had to get things ready for the DVD and the tv shows - so the piles of STUFF just got worse and worse as I worked.
Yesterday, I started to sort the thousands of strips of fabric so I could organize them -- at least till I start to work again. I untangled and disengaged all of the hand-dyed strips and put them into plastic bags, sorted (more or less) by color. Since Helene Davis' hand-dyes are often layered with more than one color, this is not as straightforward as it might seem. But I coped and filled giant baggies with the strips I so dearly love to use in my work.
While I was at it, I had to separate the hand-dyes from the strips of my own handprints and commercial stash fabrics -- some of them -- like the Kaffe strip on top of the pile -- from the Year One. I will never use them all. No matter; at least they are contained...till I start working again.
Along the way, I accumulated a pile of teeny strips - smidgens and trimmings and who-knows-what.
I (gasp) threw them away.
It will be no surprise to you that this is just the teeniest tip of the tip of the iceberg. On my portable design wall (aka a bulletin board with batting) are a few strips I have already sewn together and have put there for temporary safekeeping. I have separated the smaller, more varied strip sets and they are waiting their turn to be put into their own box.
Then there is the box that contains a collection of units I have made from strips and squares. Do you think I need to make any more of these?
I am not yet ready to tackle the bins of commercial stash, which I need to neaten up after having cut strips and used them with my other fabrics. No picture of that pile - it is just too repulsive to look at.
But lest you think this is totally hopeless, these three small pieces - all having used a variety of strips, squares, commercial, hand-prints and UFO blocks, were on the same bulletin board last week. I have added facings and have started to sew them down in my spare moments.
Given the number of spare moments I will have in the next week, as I spend the weekend at Fiber Philadelphia and then continue cooking for Passover -- I should have these facings done by summer:-).