Over at Diary of a Sewing FanaticÃ‚Â it was asked: Are youÃ‚Â ashamed ofÃ‚Â your fabric collection?Ã‚Â She goes on to state that she doesn’t understand this or the possible thinking behind it.Ã‚Â I do. Ã‚Â I understand.Ã‚Â
This was my comment on her blog:
Yes, I am ashamed of my fabric stash.
Now, let me say I have no problem with other people’s fabric stash, heck, have at it.Ã‚Â It’s your life, your money, your fabric.
I am frustrated because mine has gotten to the point that it has paralized me.Ã‚Â I look and all this fabric and don’t know where to start.Ã‚Â
I tend to be a perfectionist and instead of doing things and getting them done I get into the mindset of it has to be perfect.Ã‚Â Can’t use this fabric because I don’t have the right pattern for it.Ã‚Â Can’t use this fabric because I need to make a muslin first and I don’t have time to do it right.Ã‚Â Can’t. Can’t. Can’t.Ã‚Â
It is a horrible mindset to get into.Ã‚Â Why do you think FlyLady has so many subscribers to her list?
I guess, just because you do not understand another’s feelings does not mean that they are not valid and shouldn’t be respected.
Let me just add thatÃ‚Â most of the time I appreciate my fabric stash.Ã‚Â In 2005 I sewed very little from it, I think a actualy sewed two things.Ã‚Â Two.Ã‚Â All this fabric, which I will be showing for Flash Your Stash 2006 (I know FYS is originally for yarn stash but, hey, stash is stash) and I only madeÃ‚Â two items.Ã‚Â To my thinking this is so wrong.Ã‚Â I am trying to get back to sewing this year and will be using some of my fabric collection, and no, I have now plans on adding to my fabric stash in the near future.
Now, I am sure this will make quite a few people uncomfortable or defensive or just plainÃ‚Â mad.Ã‚Â I am sorry for that.Ã‚Â I’m just another person comming to terms with the phrase ’embarassment of riches’.