My fabric stash comes from a lot of different places. And I guess it’s not just fabrics. It’s yarn and beads and knitting and painting and sewing tools. I get a lot of things from what I respectfully and affectionately call my ‘Dead Mother Resources.’ Sounds kind of gruesome, doesn’t it? I’m going to start calling it my ‘Dear Grandmother’s Resources.’
Here’s the deal…we all know someone who has a mother/aunt/grandmother/sister/neighbor who dies. And they sewed or knitted or quilted or painted……and nobody in the family wants their ‘stuff.’ They know you do something like that, so they ask if you want the stuff. Do you ever say no? I don’t!
I gratefully accept whatever goodies they would like to share with me. I take it all and worry about sorting it later. People are so happy to feel that their things are going to a good home–and they are! A friend could not bear to throw away things that she knew were no longer useable, because they were her mother’s. She had no problem giving it all to me and letting me throw out dried paints and stiff brushes and ripped, yellowed paper.
Same with fabrics…you can’t always tell what the content is and depending on how you work, it may not matter. But you know for sure what you like and what you don’t, what is really garbage and what you can pass on to someone else. I’ve never had a gift of ‘stuff’ where I could use everything, but I’ve had lots of gifts where I could use something.
Spend a little time sorting through things. You might be surprised at the treasures you find! After I sorted through the pile of fabric above, I found several fabrics I liked. Only little bits and pieces, not big chunks, but these are the ones I think I’ll use first.
I’m happy that I get to use the choices made by others. It challenges me. It makes the givers happy to bestow such bounty. I like to think that all the ‘dear grandmothers’ are smiling down on me and I thank them!