Some people cycle through fabric quickly and don’t keep much of a stash, some people have massive stashes and feel guilty about it. I was feeling pressure to be one or the other, but then Manda’s words made me feel better. I have more of an archivist attitude toward my
stash collection too.
I’m not one of those people that thinks that I need to diminish my stash in any way. I don’t feel the pressure to use it all up before I die, the way some people do. In fact it’s quite the opposite for me. Because I don’t see it as a stash, I see it as a collection.
Fabric and print has always played a huge part in defining design eras and I see my collection as something organic that I want to pass on eventually. As sad as it sounds, I see it almost as a reference library. And when I buy fabric I think about how well it will age stylistically. About how outdated it will look in ten years time and about whether or not it goes some way to defining my personal tastes right now.
I also think about how wonderful it will be in twenty years time to have original prints from this era, instead of reproductions. I sorely wish that I had kept hold of far more fabrics from my youth and don’t want to make that mistake again.
So when I use a print up, if possible I try and replace it. Because I hate for my collection to be missing a piece. And I’m just a little obsessed (you think?) with never running out of the prints that I love.
[ ... ] So there you have it. I’m actually a crazy, megalomaniac who thinks that it’s my job to preserve the mainstream fabric prints of this generation.
I am that way with vintage fabrics. It hurts me to see beautiful vintage prints cut up into fat quarters or even smaller pieces on eBay, or used in more disposable crafts. Quilts, clothing, I’m pretty OK with. Almost. Getting there, anyway.
What about you? Are you a quick-turnover user, a guilty stasher, or an unapologetic archivist? (For me this feeds into space limitation issues and family feelings toward my habits, but we’ll save that for a future post.)