March 30, 2013 by New Capel Street: Fabric Division
See? Told you I was a terrible liar. Incredibly, it’s nearly April. That means plenty of things for me, chiefest among them being that a commission I’ve been putting off now has just over four weeks to be completed. I will, of course, post photos and talk about that another time. It’s nothing too avant-garde, and working from a pattern I’ve used before, but I’m still excited about it.
I volunteered to make a banner for my LRP faction’s camp gate, and now have feck all time in which to do it. It may well become my between-the-May-events project if I don’t manage my time properly.
And I have another piece of kit I want to make for my new character, a warm jacket using grey and green herringbone wool, and some linen from Fabric Mountain. Fabric Mountain has apparently developed suckers. You know those surprise little parasitic shoots that you sometimes see coming out between the roots of trees? Those. But in textile form. During a quick tidy of the room I sew in, I found several metres of cotton I had forgotten about, and an abandoned apron project. It’s seriously time to stashdown, and with that in mind, I have set myself a challenge for April.
It’s a clothing challenge. Use It Or Lose It. If it’s regular clothing rather than interview or occasion wear, it has to be worn or used at least once this month or it’s gone.
This is influencing my fabric and yarn usage as well. I’ve recently lost my job, and don’t have a disposable income any more. So for the forseeable future, I need to use the stash I have, until it’s small. Whether that counts as making kit for LRP, clothing for me, stuff for my friends or stuff to be flogged on eBay, I don’t know yet. But the stash can’t keep growing. It’s a waste of money, and using it up will force me to use more creativity and ingenuity, and increase my skills.