I've written about the "stash" before, but I thought it was worth re-visiting just to quote another person on the subject.
In addition to sewing, I love to cross-stitch. It's a comfortable craft that requires less of me, especially if I use a chart designed by someone else and don't change the colors (a favorite habit of mine in years past!) Now I stitch for the comfort of the rythym and the tactile pleasure of the linen in my hands. I love to "watch" the design emerge from the fabric as I thread my needle in and out rythmically. I have quite a stash of charts, fabrics and threads, along with unframed finished pieces. Sound familiar? Yes, I have the same type of stash for my sewing passion…fabrics, patterns, and alas, a few unfinished pieces.
Recently, I received the monthly newsletter from The Silver Needle. What a wonderful shop! I hope I live long enough to make my way to OK and visit in person some day, but for now I enjoy their online venue. Lindy writes a monthly newsletter full of info about their latest products and events and sometimes a few personal comments…this one had me at the word STASH.
Now don't we sewers agree with that concept! I refer to mine as a collection, one to be savored over time and used with care and planning. The potential energy that exists in that stash is palpable and serves to stimulate, entice, comfort and provide pleasure beyond its actual worth. Women, especially, are too quick to feel "guilty" about unused resouces. Whatever your stash is to you… home base, security, legacy… let's remember that sometimes the potential has a worth all its own.