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Chatter / Re: Decluttering5
« Last post by LyndaC on Today at 12:06:12 AM »
I can finally post something positive about decluttering here instead of envying all of you!

I am having the whole upstairs (office and master bedroom) redone, adding a walk-in closet that looks like it will be about 8' x 15', changing up the purpose of the rooms, adding better storage, throwing away LOTS of needless "stuff", adding new wood floors throughout, repainting, getting new furniture and donating my old to my grandson...and I am having a great time!

On the other hand, I am embarrassed that I have a need for that much closet space.  That smacks of hoarding, but it all fits me, and I eventually wear it all....
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I haven't picked up the new issue yet, but I did a quick bing search and the work is gorgeous in general, but is it just me or is there an awfully huge ICK factor hear? I'm getting itchy just thinking about it.

Perhaps in the article they are using synthetic wings?!? ???
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Chatter / Re: The Fall Porch (S. Hemis.: Spring Garden)
« Last post by LyndaC on Today at 12:02:04 AM »
Laurie, I am a lot like that.   It would not work for us to "get it all done" and feel we could relax and do nothing.  I think we prefer to stay busy and productive.

I have been having major work done on my upstairs this week, and it will probably last two more weeks.  I love every minute of it!  Putting down new wood floors, new chandeliers, new closets and doors, new light switch plates, rearranging the rooms...All that fresh paint going up!  Of course, my husband is going into an anger mode because he does not want his life disturbed, and it is HIS office I have dismantled. He was fine with this until it started happening, then when they had to disconnect the computer and printer today....
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Fabrics / Re: How big should a stash be?
« Last post by LyndaC on Yesterday at 11:56:51 PM »
I love reading these opinions about stash.  I can relate to every choice.

I have an 8' wide closet.  My stash hangs on hangers so I can see it.  I know it would take up less room folded, but then I could not see it!  It is all high quality, so anytime I have the time or inspiration to sew, my choices are already there- prewashed and ready to go. 

I rarely go to Hancock or JoAnn's - certainly not for fabric, but perhaps for notions.

I am having a contractor in this week to redo some of the rooms in my house - and enlarge my closets. I am embarrassed at all the quality clothes I have - that fit me well. 

I have been to Haiti to start a sewing school and was shocked that they have practically NO fabric!  They rely on whatever discards are shipped to Haiti from America. I saw stacks of - wool! - in the marketplace.  I understand the value of appropriate fabric.
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Fabrics / Re: How big should a stash be?
« Last post by FrancesGrimble on Yesterday at 11:31:16 PM »
As big as you want it to be. I almost never discard fabric.  I use regrettable purchases of discounted cottons for nonwearable fitting muslins. And I dye fabrics to make them more usable. I had some "natural" colored linen-look, though I suspect it's all or mostly cotton. Some years ago I bought about 8 yards of it, probably discounted. I recently ran across it, admitted once and for all that I don't look good in grayish brown, divided it into two pieces, and overdyed each one a different color.  Now I like it!  Dyeing or overdyeing (the latter to blend colors rather than covering the initial color) is definitely worth considering.
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Heirloom and Hand Sewing / Beetle wing embroidery article in Threads
« Last post by ljh on Yesterday at 10:30:25 PM »
The new issue of Threads Magazine has a fabulous article on beetle wing embroidery by Mary Corbet.  I may actually get around to trying it!  (Mary's blog is a very worthwhile read if you're interested in embroidery.)
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Weaving / Re: Anybody do any weaving?
« Last post by ljh on Yesterday at 10:24:22 PM »
Frances, handwoven fabric needn't be only for historical costume.  There is some amazing, modern fabric for clothing being produced these days.  Weaving does let one get exactly the fabric one wants.

That said, if you don't enjoy that sort of weaving, or don't have the time, there's no need to do it.  As you say, there is a world of amazing fabric out there.
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Fabrics / Re: How big should a stash be?
« Last post by mfedna on Yesterday at 10:20:02 PM »
What a variety and diversity of points of view...I especially relate to the sentiments expressed about loving our fabric!
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Regional Groups / Re: Canadian Chat 2
« Last post by judith on Yesterday at 09:41:40 PM »
Oh gosh, Pina, yes. I cannot begin to imagine what her life must be like right now. We all love our children. I think it is beyond most people's ability to put ourselves in her shoes. It's certainly beyond mine right now.
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Chatter / Re: The Fall Porch (S. Hemis.: Spring Garden)
« Last post by Laurie H on Yesterday at 09:29:58 PM »
Miranda, I like the challenge as well, I have to be honest about that.  I also love the feeling of accomplishment and the knowledge that I was able to make something neat and do something that so many other women I know and even a bunch of men couldn't or wouldn't do.  Still, after all these years, I would love to be able to stop feeling like I have to do so much in order to get to get it all done.  I want to come home or have my weekends free without feeling like I need to do something in order for my house to be finished or a job that no one else with do to be done.
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