Recently a group for stash busting was started in the stitchin fingers community. This reminded me once again of just how lucky we are to have a ’stash’. Most fiber folks have them. We draw on our stashes to make items or add to projects.
They are either purchased or scavenged materials that have accumulated over time and as such they often have a story to tell. Or it is possibly more correct to say that stashes are full of stories. The interesting thing for textile practitoners is that these materials can take on another story. They can be made into something new and take on other meanings in someones life.
Stashes also act as signifiers of wealth. Not only is the obvious wealth of what the stash actually costs to have and house but there is the psychological wealth of a stash because a stash is full of possibilities. While material is uncut it is rich with possible uses. Once you have committed to using it the material moves from being something that is full of potential to a project
So this month the idea to think about is stories that are and stories that are possible.
The colour scheme was taken from this photo of a stash of sinks I discovered at our local recycling depot. I thought it fitted the idea as I am sure if they could speak what stories they could tell!
So I took a look at my stash and was amazed ( again) that I could find the right colors, more or less. Most of those pieces are from rests of clothes. The items on the block are gifts from friends.
So, everything has a story. Now the fun begins to stitch the seams and embellish the block.
Well dear grandchild; Grandma was enjoying herself by sewing this block and create something new from old.
Recycling is the word!