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Packing my fabric to move, horrified at how MUCH I have!
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Date: 5/19/13 2:44 PM

In two weeks I'm moving overseas (not very FAR overseas, to be fair, but still: international move). Today I've been organizing and packing up my fabric stash. My stash has been sort of distributed around the house so this is the first time I've seen it all in one place at the same time. Even after setting aside a pile of bad purchases to give away(mainly from the first few months of sewing when I didn't know what I was buying) and tossing 99% of the scraps I'd collected in 2 years of sewing, I still have SO MUCH FABRIC. SO MUCH. Intellectually, I knew exactly how much I had because I keep a spreadsheet with all my fabric purchases, prices, metreage and so on, but oh my goodness, seeing it all in piles in one place really brings it home.

I was sort of looking forward to exploring the fabric shops of my new city/country/life, but uh, other than necessary lining fabric and one little (LITTLE, like, half a metre) purchase I need for a particular item I want to make this summer, I think I should maybe not buy any fabric at all for the foreseeable future. :(

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Date: 5/19/13 3:50 PM

Are you going to ship it all? Maybe you could sell off most of it, keep only what you absolutely love and buy new when settle down? I know you might not get as much as you paid for it all but you would be saving shipping costs too. So are you moving across the pond to join us here in the New World (that is a joke of course :D)?

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Date: 5/19/13 3:57 PM

I'll take it all with me. It's not going to make any difference to my overall moving costs and I genuinely do love everything I have. I'm just not normally much of a collector of objects other than books, so it's a bit shocking how much I've acquired over the two years I've been sewing.

I am moving to Ireland, just for three years. I'm a bit of a rolling stone -- I've lived in Canada, the US, Australia and the UK over the years, and who knows where I'll go next. :D

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Date: 5/19/13 4:52 PM

Maybe we'll see you in the stash sew along thread or the fabric fast thread or the sew 30 minutes a day thread.... It is overwhelming to see all the fabric in one place. I did this last summer and could not get over the accumulation. I worked hard on weeding through it all, only to find another box in the garage

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Date: 5/19/13 6:56 PM

It really is an eye opener when you see the physical evidence. So now you know. I'm empathetic because I just had the same experience. I kept 200 yards and gave away 40. What's left I either adore or it's good for muslins. What I learned is to keep all the fabric in one place and not tuck it away here and there. If I can't fit it in the one place, I'd better get sewing!

Give yourself permission to buy a few things here and there as part of your new adventure. If you're collecting fabric, it says you have a fertile imagination!

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Date: 5/20/13 5:10 AM

I think it will make a good barter. You will be bringing over fabric not available locally.

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Date: 5/20/13 5:24 AM

Out of curiosity, would you be willing to share what your stash purchase price for how much yardage was? Im always telling myself not to stash because of the cost, so it would be interesting to have some hard numbers :)

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Date: 5/20/13 6:00 AM

I have PM'd you with details. :D

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Date: 5/20/13 7:39 AM

I had the same realisation when I took out my fabric stash to photograph part of it... I only put the fabrics I'm planning to use in the next few months in one pile and it's massive already. I'm definitely not a person who gets attached to material things or gadgets, but I do love my fabrics!

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Date: 5/20/13 9:13 AM

When I moved back from NZ I had the same sort of response. After giving away what I did not want I used the fabric that was left over as wrapping material and to push into corners to make things fit better in the boxes. Worked like a charm and saved pn plastic bubble wrap.

These days things are not bad, and getting beter beause I am on a fabric fast.

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