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Sunday, November 23, 2014

The Deep Stash

Enter if you dare! 

We have a room in the basement that was designed to be a spare bedroom. "Spare," because it's between the family room (my studio) and the laundry room so an occupant wouldn't have much privacy. "Designed to be," but not advertised as such because there is no escape window (a deep window well with a push-out window) that code now requires.  We couldn't put a bed it in anyway because it is the home of my Deep Stash.

Embroidery kits
The Deep Stash is mostly fiber and textiles.  I have bins of fashion fabric though I make very few garments any more. I have a bin of Paternayan Persian needlepoint yard and a couple of sacks of tapestry needlepoint yarn. I have two copier-paper boxes of DMC floss. (One box was a rummage sale bargain. The skeins were in individual numbered envelopes. How could I pass that up?)  I have a large accumulation of vintage household textiles -- tablecloths and napkins, dish towels, aprons, and embroidered pieces. I have a box for never-stitched embroidery kits.  There are some rolls of upholstery fabric that I got dirt-cheap. (Possible tote bags?)  Actually, most of the Deep Stash was acquired cheaply, if not dirt-cheaply. 

Fashion fabric (one box of 8)
I have divested myself of some of the Deep Stash.  Last year I took a copier-paper box of even-weave embroidery cloth and a box of findings (such as needlework frames) to the local stitchery shop.  I dug into the fabric bins when I made the Care Bags (see previous post). Earlier this month I pulled out an entire bin of miscellaneous solid fabric. Some went to Care Bags and a lot (poly-cotton lining-weight) got cut into 10" squares for HeartStrings blocks.  

These four boxes have disassembled/washed/ironed silk neckties. 

Vintage linens

These are all-cotton, never-used tablecloths that will be quilt backs some day.

Five rolls of belt webbing, $1.00 each at a sale. 

 Mint-in-package cotton bedsheets.
 Some day I want to make a quilt out of bandanas.  I just need to get a good variety.  

This little bundle was $2.00 at a Wisconsin rummage sale. With a note like that, how could I resist?

Why are there more lids than there are lid-less boxes??

So there you have it. The Deep Stash. I've had fun acquiring it and I've enjoyed owning it. Now I want to thin it out. (But not too much.)


  1. My thought is if you have the space you will fill it. We downsized so I don't have the space. Well, except we built my wonderful studio that has tons of space in it so .... but isn't it nice to say I need XXXX and be able to find it in the stash? Good luck with the winnowing process.

  2. Deep stash indeed! I can so relate to the mixed feelings of wanting to thin it down, yet not part with all of it. Your stack of Care Bags is very inspiring, too. Good job!

    1. I could start with one last match-up of lids and boxes, and pitch the extra lids.

  3. Yep, I'd call that deep. I'm glad it is yours and not mine, but it would sure be fun to dig through. Perhaps now that you have retired you will enjoy that stash more than you know.

  4. If we all popped over with a bag you'd have it thinned down in no time because there is something there for everyone.

    1. No knitting yarn, though, Caroline.

  5. I hear you. My deep stash has polar fleece, upholstery fabric, zippers, webbing, many outdoor fabrics, leather, (and all the tools to go with them...) since I have industrial machines, I have the fabrics to use them! I have no idea how I am going to purge, since I use it all, and I LOVE sewing with leather, but storing it is really a challenge...I did the designing, and measurements, and I can't fit into a 24x 32 upstairs of a garage! (Not that we have one, but we are in the planning process...) good luck. It is always a challenge.


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