I keep my stitching fabric in one of 2 places: inside hat boxes on top of my computer armoire and inside sewing boxes stacked on the floor by my window. The top (smallest) hat box is where I keep my Tula and Heatherfield, the middle hat box holds my Aida (in a variety of counts of colors) and the largest hat box is where I keep my fabric stitchables like huck towels, tuckaway pillows, damask facings and so on. (The hard stitchables like mugs, trivets, coasters, etc. are somewhere else entirely.) The good stuff lives in the sewing baskets. BTW, that bunny up there is one that Frank (of Mosey n Me & Trading Spaces fame) made and gave to me. Cute, eh?
Everything on the floor (except for the cat) gets smished into the medium sewing basket. That’s where I keep my scrap fabrics… anything smaller than about 9 X 12, but at least big enough for a little ornament goes in there. This is a pretty good visual history of the fabrics I’ve been stitching on… it acts as kind of an ort jar only with fabric instead of thread and in a box instead of a jar.
The big sewing basket holds all of my good fabric… it’s all labeled and still available, so I can use any of it for My Mark stuff. I like to keep yardage of Belfast and Cashel neutrals on hand, as well as Lambswool Jobelan and Antique White Lugana. I have a few of the Graziano checks in different sizes (though I haven’t designed with any of them yet), as well as FQs and Eights of some of the different Jobelan, Belfast, Cashel, and Lugana solid colors. And of course, no fabric stash would be complete without some hand-dyed fabrics! I love the bright,crazy colors although I also use more muted hand-dyes,too. In the basket, I keep hand dyed fabrics from Wichelt, R&R, Lakeside Linens, Sassy’s Fabbys, Silkweaver, JAR Designs, and Picture This Plus.
My all time favorite fabric is 32 ct. Country French linen… I just love the softness of it and the way the surface is so smooth… yum! On the other end of the spectrum, I do pretty much hate all 25 count fabrics. I wonder: what is your favorite stitching fabric? Are there any that you just hate? Know of any cool hand-dyes I *must* try?? I’ve been feeling a bit odd this week. I have a health concern that keeps popping into my thoughts when I least expect it… I’m hoping you’ll share some fabric thoughts with me in the comments so I’ll have a bit of a pleasant diversion :)
Oh, and how fierce was the Project Runway finale last night?!