As I thought about what to write about this week, I went upstairs to my craft floor and just shook my head.  I have so much stuff.  When we moved to this house 6 years ago I was thrilled to move all my stash from 1 small room to an entire floor, an apartment really.  The sad part of the story is that now I have filled the whole floor to overflowing.  So much stuff!  A normal person would stop buying now and maybe even purge.  Well, I never claimed to be normal.  I love shopping at stitching stores and thrift stores to add to my stash, so rather than getting rid of anything I have moved towards finding creative ways of storing it.  Really, when you think of it, it is a shame not to proudly showcase our stash because many of the things are a work of art in themselves, hardly needing to be made into anything else. 
Anyone that knows me knows that I try something once then have a compulsion to buy lots and lots of supplies with which to make more.  A few years ago I saw my first needle felting.   I decided I wanted to try it so I did, making a rather questionable little creature (whose picture I have included), but I like him and thought, with a little work I could really make some works of art.  I like the look of both 3 dimensional needle felting and needle felting pictures so another collection began.  I now have tons of wool that I think I could use in felting, including a couple boxes of wool roving.  My husband even bought me a needle felting machine for my birthday.   Yes, he is an enabler, but he has several collections of his own.   Janet, a friend from our Guild does a lot of work with wool, including dyeing it so she came over one day and we dyed up a bunch in a variety of colours.  Here is a picture of it drying in my sun room.  Doesn’t it look beautiful?  Once it was dry I moved it upstairs and have it draped over a side of a baby crib, (along with some lovely braided hanks that I bought) which my mother-in-law rescued from the side of the road.  I got 1 side and my sister-in-law got the other to hang her fabric on when she is deciding colours for a quilt.  Both wonderful uses for an old crib!  I have since needle felted 1 butterfly, but I know my stash is ready for me when I am ready to do more.  J
With all the great nieces and great nephews being born in my family I am becoming overwhelmed with trying to keep up with stitching something for them so I was looking for something a little less time consuming.  My friend Shelley from our Guild went shopping with me at Fabricland and I saw a cute little flannel blanket sewn up.  It looked easy-peasy and so began my collection of flannel.  Like any good collection, I required some way of organizing it to make it easy to see what I have and what goes together so that once I actually get around to sewing it is an easy matter of just putting them together.  I have included a picture of what my collection (okay, only part of it) looks like in the 3rd drawer of a file cabinet.  Beautiful isn’t it!  Of course I did not stop there.  I had to buy some batiks just because they are so darn pretty and there are so many fun fabrics to make cuddly blankets with that I have also branched out into some of them.   I have actually sewn 2 small blankets and am working on a 3rd.  I am going to try really hard to keep on top of this collection…



  1. Kathy,
    I understand perfectly! It is a good job you didn't take Dale Rolleson's class, Jenny, Joyce and I are all accumulating a stash of paper napkins!

    Do you do like me, and also buy the books to go with the projects?


    1. Oh yes. You definitely need to buy the books as well. When I tried to fit a new bookcase in upstairs my husband said, "why don't you just get rid of some of the books." He just doesn't understand. :-)


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