I've known this for awhile and I probably really do need an intervention...but I just can't help myself. When I see a fabric I really like, my eyes glaze over, my heart beats faster, the adrenaline courses through my body, and Paypal and I once again greet each other in our old familiar way. For me, acquiring the fabric is probably the most exciting part of creating something new. It is part of my creative process. When I see something that I know I just have to have, I can already picture what I am going to make with it, what other fabric I will need to coordinate with it, what size ranges it will be and what it will look like being worn by one of the adorable little girls from Picture Me Models. Of course, after the purchase and when the fabric arrives, it gets laundered and put in my stack to wait for me to do the actual creating. This is where my problem lies. In addition to finding the time to just begin the next 2 steps, I tend to procrastinate because of some issues I have with a couple of my processes.
So where in the process do I get hung up? For me, it seems to be in two different places. Printing and taping together my pattern seems to be my first hang-up. It's kind of a pain at my house to print, first of all. My laptop and I work well together but we have two spots we like to work in. The first is the living room with the laptop perched on the arms of my couch and loveseat. The other is in my bedroom on a lap tray while I am propped up in bed. I can print in neither of these places. The printers (of which I have 2) are in my office. My laserjet, which is the one I prefer to use, is hooked up to my PC and was a pain to change it, but I have recently purchased a switch which has helped a lot. I just grab a USB cord that is already attached to the switch, plug it into my laptop, click an icon on my laptop, and out comes everything I've printed. I also use Dropbox for all of my patterns. I could just go sit at the PC, open up dropbox, and print away. Both of these solutions work but it is still not as easy as just clicking that print button on my laptop and having everything think print immediately. I also have a wireless all-in-one printer that should solve these issues but it never wants to talk to my laptop and, when it does, it seems to never have ink.
Once I have my pattern printed, then I have to find a place to assemble it. That means my coffee table or my cutting table. I usually have stuff piled on both, but I have recently grounded myself from setting anything on either table for more than a few minutes.
Cutting out my fabric is my next hang-up. I have a wonderful cutting table and this shouldn't be an issue, but I also have a bad back and leaning over the table bothers me. This is always in the back of my mind when I think about cutting, even though I now do most of my cutting sitting down.
So, because of my hang-ups with these 2 processes (and of course, my time constraints with having to go to work every day), my fabric piles up and I look like a horder.
So do I really have a problem? Am I a horder of fabric with a need to continue to buy it even though my creative processes are not keeping up the incoming fabric? Is there going to be a fabric shortage that I am having a premonition about? Maybe I'm preparing for retirement so that I will have a stock of stuff to sew when I no longer have the income to shop.
Do you think I'm obsessed? Take a look and let me know what you think!
I have supplies everywhere...lots of plastic storage drawers, crates, containers, and bins in all shapes and sizes (in theory, I am really organized). I have no room for anything else. It's a good thing I live alone or I would be....well, living alone! But here is my ultimate admission...the one thing that has made me realize that I probably need to move someplace with more room...