Monday, February 11, 2008

Buried Treasure

I've finally convalesced enough that I was able to make a little headway on getting my studio set up. The electrician came a little over a week ago and the results are simply astounding! He noted that he thought it would be much better than essentially sewing by candlelight - ha!

Yesterday I went through and got rid of (or at least sorted out) seven very large boxes of, well, stuff. I found some clothes I sewed between 15 and 30 years ago, and I can't believe how neatly I used to finish my clothes that long ago. Too bad I'll never fit them again.

Here's some of the booty I found:

Lobster Napkins, believed to have been appliqued by my mother back in the crafty 70's.
Keepers - they rock!

My very first applique project, also a relic of the 70's. If Wonder Under and stabilizers existed then I certainly wasn't aware of them!

Hand embroidered linens given to me by one of my mom's many super crafty friends.

Not pictured: My perfect pleater! (WHY did I buy that?) , sketches and stitch samples I made while designing And They Danced ... , the handouts from an applique class I taught in League City, TX back in about 1990, and *lots* of odds and ends of fusible interfacing. Absence did not make my heart grow fonder for most of the items, making it much easier to just get rid of them.

My big question - what suggestions do you guys have for dealing with fabric you know you'll never use? Some of it I"m willing to give away, there's a senior center nearby and of course elementary schools who might be able to use some, but there's plenty more than that. Is ebay the way to go? There's quite a bit that's high quality, like Hoffman fabrics and various batiks. Let me know what you think.


Anonymous said...

Maybe there's a quilt guild closeby that could use the fabric for community service quilts. I'm getting closer to giving some of mine away.

Jody said...

Isn't it fun to find "buried treasures!"

Ebay is a great way to get rid of fabric. Definitely sell the valuable pieces separately and you could always do a lot of the other less expensive pieces just to get rid of them if you wanted.

Nikki said...

What wonderful finds!

Exuberantcolor/Wanda S Hanson said...

I donated all of my unwanted but useful fabrics to the home ec./sewing departments of 2 local schools. A lot of the kids can't afford fabric and this way they can shop out of the donated fabric.