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Title: Use up or get rid of your crafting/project supplies in 2014
Post by: MicroRN on April 09, 2014, 03:06:59 PM
I just went through my crafting/project gear.  I have a smallish bin of soapmaking items that I've had for at least 5 years, another of embroidery patterns and partially completed projects (most of which I haven't touched in years), 6 totes and a toolbox full of fabric and notions for sewing, an entire tote of wool for spinning and felting, 2 banker's boxes of patterns, and another full of scrapbooking supplies, plus some picture frames, an embroidery frame I've never opened, wood to make a ribbon display rack, a completed small latch-hook rug that still needs to be backed, knitting and crocheting supplies, cloth diaper sewing supplies, and a bunch of books . 

Certain things I'll keep regardless, like some sewing notions, and the sewing machine, but the actual project materials are excessive.  Some items I can get rid of now, others are projects I'd really like to finish (like my babies scrapbooks, my 2nd kid's blanket, and a quilt for our bed).  I'm inventorying right now.  The projects that are planned or in progress, I have until the end of the year to complete.   

What project stuff have you been keeping around for years? 

Today:
Went through the patterns.  Tossed a bunch (early '90s fashion patterns or any missing pieces), picked out ones that are unused to donate, plus a stack of costume ones to send to a friend.  Patterns now fit in a single banker's box with plenty of extra room.  I picked out an embroidery pattern to start with and found all the bits and pieces.  I'm putting it where I'll see it, to remind me to work on it.  I also picked out the knitting and crocheting gear and will donate that, along with several books (knitting/crocheting, and some dollhouse furniture and accessory books).   
Title: Re: Use up or get rid of your crafting/project supplies in 2014
Post by: catccc on April 09, 2014, 03:10:29 PM
I should do this too.  I have a lot of fabric for who knows what.  I should just let my 5 year old at it and let her sew whatever she can...  I think fabric is mostly it.  I have some scrapbooking supplies that I haven't touched in years.
Title: Re: Use up or get rid of your crafting/project supplies in 2014
Post by: NVDee on April 09, 2014, 06:30:18 PM
I am in :)  Too many projects to name, including projects I inherited from my grandmother who passed away 15 years ago! 

I am very guilty of enjoying the planning/purchasing part of the projects only to become overwhelmed and put them away until I completely forget about them. 
Title: Re: Use up or get rid of your crafting/project supplies in 2014
Post by: Roland of Gilead on April 09, 2014, 06:36:16 PM
It is going to take a lot longer than 8 months remaining in 2014 to get rid of our project supplies, but I like the challenge.

We have 7 rooms full...we like starting projects (but very seldom finishing them)
Title: Re: Use up or get rid of your crafting/project supplies in 2014
Post by: lizzzi on April 09, 2014, 07:47:39 PM
I'm in. I have a quilt top I put together in probably 1980. No way do I have time to quilt it, but I will tie it by the end of 2014. It is a nine-patch made of corduroy, so would be hard to quilt anyway. I'll use purchased quilt batting in the middle, flannel for the backing, safety-pin it together and then tie it with yarn, for a heavy coverlet that will be useful next winter.
Title: Re: Use up or get rid of your crafting/project supplies in 2014
Post by: EK on April 10, 2014, 05:31:59 AM
This is a good one! I've been working through some old, forgotten projects that emerged from the deep recesses of the house when I moved in January. 
Title: Re: Use up or get rid of your crafting/project supplies in 2014
Post by: momoneymama on April 10, 2014, 03:08:01 PM
I need to do this!

I have half a closet dedicated to crafting supplies... yet I only "craft" a handful of times a year. My 16 month old is getting to an age where we can make use of some of it - like the scrap book paper and stickers. Some of it I can bring to the office "junk sale".

Thanks for the inspiration/motivation!
Title: Re: Use up or get rid of your crafting/project supplies in 2014
Post by: Worsted Skeins on April 13, 2014, 05:31:06 AM
There is absolutely no way that I will use up or get rid of my craft stash this year--or even make a dent.  But I will say that life goes in stages and that I am in one now that allows for more crafting. Thus many of the gifts that I now give are something that I knitted or stitched. And along those lines I like having a stash of supplies, often from charity shops.  Zippers and buttons, for example, are not cheap.  I have a lifetime supply of vintage buttons that my husband picked up for me at yard sales; I buy zippers for a quarter at charity shops.

I have put myself on a yarn buying moratorium until I use up more in the stash. 
Title: Re: Use up or get rid of your crafting/project supplies in 2014
Post by: Nancy on April 13, 2014, 06:25:09 AM
Yes, I really need to finish a quilt to give to someone, and I only have 2.5 months to do it.

How about we use this thread to post weekly progress in stash reduction or project advancement? I'll make a rule for myself that I have to do one or the other each week.

Thanks for the inspiration, MicroRN!
Title: Re: Use up or get rid of your crafting/project supplies in 2014
Post by: MicroRN on April 14, 2014, 11:44:59 AM
Yes, I really need to finish a quilt to give to someone, and I only have 2.5 months to do it.

How about we use this thread to post weekly progress in stash reduction or project advancement? I'll make a rule for myself that I have to do one or the other each week.

Thanks for the inspiration, MicroRN!

I think it's a great idea, and that's mainly why I started the thread.  I need some accountability here :-)  I accumulate crafting supplies because I like the idea of crafting, but it's been ages since I've really done anything with most of it.  Realistically, I still expect to have some craft supplies at the end of the year, but I want to complete some projects and get rid of the things I know I just won't use. 
Title: Re: Use up or get rid of your crafting/project supplies in 2014
Post by: greaper007 on April 15, 2014, 08:41:15 AM
Good idea.    I have a bunch of various lengths of wood left in the garage that my wife keeps yelling at me about.    I either need to make a ceiling rack, make something, or burn it.
Title: Re: Use up or get rid of your crafting/project supplies in 2014
Post by: CommonCents on April 15, 2014, 09:14:23 AM
I refuse to get rid of crafting supplies.  I have just bought a house and I'm excited to call one room my crafting room after all (and guest bedroom)!  But, I will try to finish up some projects I've started but not completed.  First up: A cross-stitch that is sewn, but not actually framed.  Sadly, a gift for DH...2 Christmases ago!
Title: Re: Use up or get rid of your crafting/project supplies in 2014
Post by: MissStache on April 15, 2014, 09:22:34 AM
I just moved, and took along ELEVEN giant rubbermaid containers of sewing supplies and fabric.  Part of it is for my little side hustle making historical hats and bonnets, but I'd be lying to y'all if I said it was more than two of those bins.  I'm a fabric hoarder!

I've set a goal for myself that this year I will not buy any new supplies or fabric, unless it is a very small item for a very specific purpose (like a spool of matching thread or somesuch). 

And a big goal is to finish some of my many half-finshed and abandoned projects. 
Title: Re: Use up or get rid of your crafting/project supplies in 2014
Post by: MicroRN on April 15, 2014, 08:11:39 PM
This week:  Gave away the cloth diaper materials + patterns to a co-worker.  Been working on a cross-stitch project that has been unfinished for over 2 years. 
Title: Re: Use up or get rid of your crafting/project supplies in 2014
Post by: MicroRN on April 19, 2014, 12:27:12 PM
Found 2 more boxes of fabric I'd forgotten about :-(  Need to do some major sorting. 
Title: Re: Use up or get rid of your crafting/project supplies in 2014
Post by: Fi(re) on the Farm on April 20, 2014, 04:56:28 AM
I have a ton of scrapbook supplies, embroidery projects that are half finished and sewing stuff I've been carting around for 20 years. We're planning on downsizing so this is the time to do it. Any ideas on where to donate scrapbook stuff?
Title: Re: Use up or get rid of your crafting/project supplies in 2014
Post by: KatieSSS on April 23, 2014, 02:37:34 PM
Oh I love this one! I'm in.

I have a limit to two drawers (small ones) of craft supplies and I've recently spilled over into about two more containers. I need to get this back to just two instead of four!
Title: Re: Use up or get rid of your crafting/project supplies in 2014
Post by: RetiredAt63 on April 23, 2014, 04:45:26 PM
My DD used to do beading - remember the beaded friendship bracelets?  She needs to come home and sort through all her stuff.  She can leave the things she wants here, she is still a student with tight housing, no space, but I would like to know what will leave eventually when she has space, and what should go now.  While she is doing that I can go through my crochet stuff, I don't do much crochet now (spinning and knitting are taking my time).
Title: Re: Use up or get rid of your crafting/project supplies in 2014
Post by: Nancy on April 25, 2014, 11:42:33 AM
So last week was a FAIL. I didn't quilt, so I will be giving away patterns at the library tomorrow. Then I will be coming home to quilt for at least an hour.

Title: Re: Use up or get rid of your crafting/project supplies in 2014
Post by: MicroRN on April 25, 2014, 12:43:58 PM
Ok... I have 4 unfinished cross-stitch and embroidery projects.  What do I do with them?  There's probably only one that I'm really even interested in finishing at this point.  I can't bring myself to throw them out...but they've been unfinished for YEARS...one for at least a decade...I can't honestly see myself completing them...and I can't imagine anyone else would want a partly done project.  I need to throw them away, don't I? 

Tell me what to do, internet strangers!
Title: Re: Use up or get rid of your crafting/project supplies in 2014
Post by: PMG on April 25, 2014, 02:33:15 PM
Ok... I have 4 unfinished cross-stitch and embroidery projects.  What do I do with them?  There's probably only one that I'm really even interested in finishing at this point.  I can't bring myself to throw them out...but they've been unfinished for YEARS...one for at least a decade...I can't honestly see myself completing them...and I can't imagine anyone else would want a partly done project.  I need to throw them away, don't I? 

Tell me what to do, internet strangers!

Give them to the local charity store.  There is one in my town that is known for having fabric and craft supplies, so things like that have a definite chance of being bought and used here. 
Title: Re: Use up or get rid of your crafting/project supplies in 2014
Post by: CU Tiger on April 25, 2014, 09:25:19 PM
I am in. I am going to use my quilting stash and not buy anything new until the Houston show in November. Will also get rid of supplies for crafts I no longer do. I sell things at a flea market a few times a year. It brings in a few pennies!
Title: Re: Use up or get rid of your crafting/project supplies in 2014
Post by: cats on April 26, 2014, 12:36:25 PM
I'm in!  I have been gradually winnowing my crafting supplies over the years but this year I really need to make a push to get them down.  My evolution (since about 2005) has gone something like:

1) Decided to focus specifically on one craft (for me, knitting).  If I'm not going to do a craft seriously, only buy supplies that are likely to get used immediately.  This does not work perfectly, but all of my non-knitting stuff (mostly paper) fits very neatly into one smallish box and it is handy to have supplies around for things like handmaking cards, so I'm okay with that.  The inflow/outflow of supplies seems to be balanced overall.

2) Got rid of all the crap yarn that I bought when I first started knitting and did not know WTF I was doing.

3) Stopped buying new yarn unless I was going to use it ASAP.  Stopped buying yarn online (sounds like an expensive decision, but the result is less yarn of higher quality, and overall MUCH less spending as there is no need to buy a large lot of something or meet a minimum requirement for free shipping or whatnot).  This marked the point where my yarn stash did slowly but surely start to shrink.

4) Moved.  Did another round of purging and sold off all the yarn that was good quality but no longer really my style.  Yarn holds its value surprisingly well and I was actually able to move the yarn out pretty quickly via Ravelry.

This past weekend I did another reorganization of my stash and have more yarn to list on Ravelry.  I just need to take photos (actually, now would probably be a good time for that!).

In terms of using stuff up, there seems to be a wave of pregnancies going around my workplace, so I've been making some baby things.  And my brother requested a sweater (using yarn I already had, yay!), so once that's done that will be a nice big chunk of yarn out of the house.

I'm planning on doing another stash review later in the year--there were a few things that I wasn't quite ready to get rid of this time, but I might feel differently about them then!
Title: Re: Use up or get rid of your crafting/project supplies in 2014
Post by: Carrie on April 26, 2014, 02:21:27 PM
I'm going to set as my goal to finish all of my WIP (works in progress) quilts before YE.  I also need to start & finish a new quilt for my new baby (due late July).  I'm also going to try not to buy any more fabric.... (I've done really well at this for the past year, just bought some new fabric strictly for the baby GIRL quilt.)

So, I have one Bee quilt that is almost finished (will finish the quilting today & start binding over the next few days); I have one twin-sized quilt that I'd like to give as a graduation/going off to college gift for my sister (need it finished by August) -- this one the top is pieced, but it needs a back, to be sandwiched, pin-basted, quilted & bound.  I also have a queen-sized quilt top made that is for our own bedroom that needs a back, sandwiching, pin-basting & quilting, binding.  No deadline on this one, I'd just like it finished to get it on the bed.

I have two or three quilts that I've inherited from DH's grandmother in a half-finished state, and those are on the very bottom of the list.  I'd like to get them done just to get them out of the closet, but my unfinished projects & the new baby quilt come first.
Title: Re: Use up or get rid of your crafting/project supplies in 2014
Post by: Zaga on April 26, 2014, 03:30:09 PM
DH and I both sew, so between us we have unreasonable amounts of fabric, supplies, notions, etc.

My goal by the end of the year is to get enough gone/used up/given away for everything that remains to fit into the one sewing room.

The hard part will be finding all of DH's things, they are spread about a bit.  Mine are pretty well organized, if excessive.
Title: Re: Use up or get rid of your crafting/project supplies in 2014
Post by: Nancy on April 27, 2014, 07:18:14 PM
Week 2: Success...sort of. I didn't quilt, but I started and completed a new cloth pad, and I put two patches on my jeans so they are wearable again (holes were in the seat).  The above also used up some scrap fabric that I've had for at least four  years so I'm going to call this a win. 
Title: Re: Use up or get rid of your crafting/project supplies in 2014
Post by: HappierAtHome on April 27, 2014, 07:31:19 PM
I'm scared to join this challenge, but I know that I should. Okay. I'm going to do it. I have to use up as many craft supplies as possible and not bring any more into the house.
Title: Re: Use up or get rid of your crafting/project supplies in 2014
Post by: Nancy on April 27, 2014, 07:33:25 PM
I'm scared to join this challenge, but I know that I should. Okay. I'm going to do it. I have to use up as many craft supplies as possible and not bring any more into the house.
Welcome! You can totally do it!
Title: Re: Use up or get rid of your crafting/project supplies in 2014
Post by: the lorax on May 03, 2014, 02:03:30 AM
I'm in too - for my knitting stash. I used to be pretty good about only buying yarn for a project or two ahead but supplies have blown out in the last few years. This week I'm using up some odds and ends of sock yarn to make my son some mittens!
Title: Re: Use up or get rid of your crafting/project supplies in 2014
Post by: Gray Matter on May 03, 2014, 05:38:09 AM

Today:
Went through the patterns.  Tossed a bunch (early '90s fashion patterns or any missing pieces), picked out ones that are unused to donate, plus a stack of costume ones to send to a friend. 

You should have kept those '90s fashion patterns...now that the '80s have circled back around (neon, anyone?), the '90s are next up!  (Nothing makes you realize your age more than being seeing things you wore as a child and teen come back in fashion.)
Title: Re: Use up or get rid of your crafting/project supplies in 2014
Post by: zinethstache on May 03, 2014, 08:28:33 AM
I just took out my 20+ year old stamp collection. Due to ongoing back issues I had to give up my major hobby and won't likely resume it any time soon. Because I already have 2 crafting side gigs in my studio, I was challenged to make room there for all of these old supplies. That meant PURGE time. I tossed ALL of my old pens and any ink pads that were questionable. Now for my stamps I have 5 boxes full of them. They are wood backed. Many are no longer the style I would ever use so I will be experimenting on them to convert them to cling stamps. I've watched a few videos on the process so I am sure it will be a success. Once I recover all that space and have my stamps in binders it will be smooth sailing.

In these boxes I discovered remnants of other crafts that I tossed. A few partially crochets projects with instructions and needles, toss.

Some very dated house stenciling supplies, toss.

And in that box with the stenciling supplies I found our long lost Nikon Camera. We misplaced it 15 years ago while moving and here is where it sat patiently waiting for us to find it. We have no need for a film only camera so I need to figure out how to get it a good home.

I did just sell the large items for the hobby I had to give up but still to be dealt with is a half a shed, a closet and a wall of large items. Unfortunately I need to be healthier to tackle that large heavy stuff.

Enjoy the cleaning, reorganizing, re-imagining all those crafts! I am fortunate to have a dedicated room to hold all my equipment and supplies in such a way that I can easily switch from one project to another. I still have lots of work to get it perfect (until I end up with another piece of equipment!)
Title: Re: Use up or get rid of your crafting/project supplies in 2014
Post by: Ayanka on May 03, 2014, 08:50:55 AM
Well I should be joining too... not that I have hobby stuff taking over the place and I only work on one project at a time, but slowly it is increasing. I am currently working on sewing the edge on a peace of fabric so I can hang it and call it a curtain. (Currently it is a non sewn peace of fabric hung by 2 ropes 3rd world style). I prefer to finish this one first for understandable reasons, I ll discuss what to do after.
Title: Re: Use up or get rid of your crafting/project supplies in 2014
Post by: MicroRN on May 03, 2014, 08:58:14 AM
I found a stack of 3 rubbermaid drawers while I was cleaning up the garage, and that's going to be my new notions/sewing supplies container.  More organized and less volume than the bins I'm currently using.  I'm picking through the trims and buttons I know I'm never going to use, tossing the hopelessly tangled threads, and consolidating scissors and things.  I may add one more drawer and squeeze my scrapbook stuff down to fit it.  I also made a couple cardboard strips to organize the ribbons that I'm keeping.   

I selected 4 lengths of fabric plus 4 pairs of rings for making baby slings, and I'm going to post those for sale.  If they don't sell in a few days, I'll give them away. 
Title: Re: Use up or get rid of your crafting/project supplies in 2014
Post by: MicroRN on May 03, 2014, 01:00:17 PM
I finally came to a decision on my felting and spinning wool.  I bagged it neatly, took photos, and I'm listing it for sale at a relatively high price.  If it doesn't get any bites, that's ok, but if someone wants to pay me that much for it, I'll take it.  If it doesn't sell, then I'll see what I do with it over the year, and can re-list it for much less later. 
Title: Re: Use up or get rid of your crafting/project supplies in 2014
Post by: Nancy on May 03, 2014, 03:32:23 PM
You're making excellent progress! 
Title: Re: Use up or get rid of your crafting/project supplies in 2014
Post by: Carrie on May 04, 2014, 03:02:51 PM
I finished my Bee quilt this weekend and plan to enter it in QuiltCon 2015.  It's fabulous!  I got all of the pieces cut for new baby girl quilt and will start piecing the top today/tomorrow.  I decided I'd get baby girl quilt made and then tackle another WIP, since I'd like to have the baby quilt done before baby gets here, and the other WIPs don't have hard deadlines.
Title: Re: Use up or get rid of your crafting/project supplies in 2014
Post by: Nancy on May 06, 2014, 12:13:06 PM
Week 3: Finished another cloth pad and patched another pair of jeans.
Title: Re: Use up or get rid of your crafting/project supplies in 2014
Post by: KatieSSS on May 06, 2014, 02:45:47 PM
Just finished a baby blanket that was in progress for a few months now. Next up - another blanket. This time the pattern is different, so it should be more entertaining.
Title: Re: Use up or get rid of your crafting/project supplies in 2014
Post by: socaso on May 07, 2014, 07:54:17 PM
I've been working on this! Donated a bunch of old sewing patterns to Goodwill. Sorted through my giant bead collection and gave a huge bag of beads to a lovely woman I work with. That was a great move, she was so happy to get them it made me glad. Just today I realized I can sell my scrap leather on Etsy so I'm going to list that this weekend. I'll still have quite a lot of fabric and yarn but I'm happy with the progress I've made.
Title: Re: Use up or get rid of your crafting/project supplies in 2014
Post by: MicroRN on May 10, 2014, 10:24:35 AM
I've been making use of my felt stockpile to start a couple of "quiet books" for the kiddos to take in the car.  I sketched out 2 basic designs to begin, a farm and an ocean.  Not much real progress on them yet, but at least I have a plan for something useful. 
Title: Re: Use up or get rid of your crafting/project supplies in 2014
Post by: Sonorous Epithet on May 10, 2014, 11:35:40 AM
Oh man, I saw this thread and immediately said "Shit, they're calling me out! Through the power of Internet Telepathy they KNOW I've been mulling over doing this lately!"

Unlike I think everyone else in this thread my crafting stuff is related to miniature wargaming (Warhammer 40k) and making miniature terrain to play it. It takes up a lot of space and I haven't played in about 2 years, so it's decision time.

By the end of 2014 I vow to either:

1. Resume the hobby, finish painting my existing minis, and get cheap entertainment out of my sunk costs.
2. Finish painting my existing minis, and then sell off my army and sell/donate/trash all remaining supplies.
3. Sell my army as it currently exists, and sell/donate/trash all remaining supplies.

I hate to admit this but I even bought an expensive airbrush that I've NEVER used! I'm not sure whether to keep it and learn how to put it to good use, or sell it. But what I *won't* let it do is sit around collecting dust for another year!
Title: Re: Use up or get rid of your crafting/project supplies in 2014
Post by: MicroRN on May 10, 2014, 01:07:13 PM
Oh man, I saw this thread and immediately said "Shit, they're calling me out! Through the power of Internet Telepathy they KNOW I've been mulling over doing this lately!"

Unlike I think everyone else in this thread my crafting stuff is related to miniature wargaming (Warhammer 40k) and making miniature terrain to play it. It takes up a lot of space and I haven't played in about 2 years, so it's decision time.

My husband's Warhammer miniatures are stored in his mom's garage all the way across the country.  I think he keeps hoping that eventually he'll get back into it.
Title: Re: Use up or get rid of your crafting/project supplies in 2014
Post by: Sonorous Epithet on May 10, 2014, 03:54:52 PM
It's sort of tough because 1) minis are still legal for use decades after purchase, and 2) when you paint them yourself, they stop being a commodity and become a personalized piece of custom artwork. If all my minis were still grey plastic, I'd probably sell them right off!
Title: Re: Use up or get rid of your crafting/project supplies in 2014
Post by: swick on May 10, 2014, 05:07:43 PM
It's sort of tough because 1) minis are still legal for use decades after purchase, and 2) when you paint them yourself, they stop being a commodity and become a personalized piece of custom artwork. If all my minis were still grey plastic, I'd probably sell them right off!

Why not embrace them as art then? You could finish them and sell them and either keep the money or donate it to an awesome cause like Child's Play.

I have been keeping up with the thread but not ready to wade in yet. I manage an art centre so I have a huge amount of spillover that has ended up at my house for lack of storage. I think my goal this year will be to go through all that stuff and see what needs to be kept, what can be used at the centre and what needs to be turfed.
Title: Re: Use up or get rid of your crafting/project supplies in 2014
Post by: Sonorous Epithet on May 10, 2014, 09:04:30 PM
It's sort of tough because 1) minis are still legal for use decades after purchase, and 2) when you paint them yourself, they stop being a commodity and become a personalized piece of custom artwork. If all my minis were still grey plastic, I'd probably sell them right off!

Why not embrace them as art then? You could finish them and sell them and either keep the money or donate it to an awesome cause like Child's Play.

I have been keeping up with the thread but not ready to wade in yet. I manage an art centre so I have a huge amount of spillover that has ended up at my house for lack of storage. I think my goal this year will be to go through all that stuff and see what needs to be kept, what can be used at the centre and what needs to be turfed.

That gave me an idea. I wonder if I'd let my Friendly Local Gaming Store display them in their display case. I think they may be worthy. Then they would be appreciated by active players, not clutter up my apartment, and could possibly be sold. Hmmmm!
Title: Re: Use up or get rid of your crafting/project supplies in 2014
Post by: MicroRN on May 11, 2014, 12:35:41 PM
You know when you finally realize something that you should have realized years ago?  I finally tried needle felting wool onto acrylic felt, and it works.  Why didn't I learn this when I started doing fiber arts about 10 years ago?  No clue.  Most felters are so sneery about acrylic felt, it just never occurred to me to try.  However, I now have a great way to work on those quiet books and use some of my wool stockpile. 
Title: Re: Use up or get rid of your crafting/project supplies in 2014
Post by: Ayanka on May 11, 2014, 01:56:27 PM
I did step one of my curtain making process: sewing seems to the edges, which is luckily the most work of the project. I will need to add the parts so that I can actually hang them, which shouldn't be so hard and then sew another peace so that they come the ground. I am however really proud that I got even so far by now. I really have to start thinking about buying a sewing machine on the long term if I keep sewing like this.
Title: Re: Use up or get rid of your crafting/project supplies in 2014
Post by: MicroRN on June 07, 2014, 12:24:16 AM
It's a new month, so time to check in :-)  I finally made us a lightweight bedspread.  It was super easy - we have 4 Ikea duvet covers.  I picked one, and stitched a queen size quilt batting inside.  I've had the batting for probably at least 2 years.  Looks great, and it's the perfect weight. 
Title: Re: Use up or get rid of your crafting/project supplies in 2014
Post by: shadowmoss on June 07, 2014, 04:16:00 AM
I finished a baby blanket for a co-worker and his wife, baby isn't even due until September.  I'm known for started these at the baby shower and frantically working to get it done before the baby arrives.  I can now go back and finish my sweater I'm knitting.  I have the body up to the sleeves done, and the two sleeves done about 6" (knitting both at the same time via magic loop method).  I have a sweater I started 40 years ago, finished the knitting of it about 30 years ago, and just need to sew the side/sleeve seams.  My Mom saw it recently and really liked it and keeps asking me when I'm going to finish it.  Now it will fit her and not me, so that is on the radar to finish before the end of the year as well.

I need to inventory my yarn, and find something to do with a large trash bag full of unidentified yarn, mostly shades of white and some wool, some acrylic (I think).
Title: Re: Use up or get rid of your crafting/project supplies in 2014
Post by: EK on June 07, 2014, 05:39:38 AM
Ugh, I have been mega failing on this challenge.  I haven't touched any of my not started and half finished projects.  I've had mega baby fever and I keep buying yarn (cheap yarn at least) to knit baby things.  This has resulted in a giant stack of baby items (with no baby to wear or use them >.< ) as well as a whole lot of scrap yarn in all different weights and colors. 
Title: Re: Use up or get rid of your crafting/project supplies in 2014
Post by: Anatidae V on June 07, 2014, 08:02:44 AM
Oh man, I saw this thread and immediately said "Shit, they're calling me out! Through the power of Internet Telepathy they KNOW I've been mulling over doing this lately!"

Unlike I think everyone else in this thread my crafting stuff is related to miniature wargaming (Warhammer 40k) and making miniature terrain to play it. It takes up a lot of space and I haven't played in about 2 years, so it's decision time.

By the end of 2014 I vow to either:

1. Resume the hobby, finish painting my existing minis, and get cheap entertainment out of my sunk costs.
2. Finish painting my existing minis, and then sell off my army and sell/donate/trash all remaining supplies.
3. Sell my army as it currently exists, and sell/donate/trash all remaining supplies.

I hate to admit this but I even bought an expensive airbrush that I've NEVER used! I'm not sure whether to keep it and learn how to put it to good use, or sell it. But what I *won't* let it do is sit around collecting dust for another year!

My fabulous but tiny craft room contains my craft supplies (fabric, yarn, scrapbooking gadgets, scrapbooking embellishments, sewing machine, UNFINISHED projects) and SO's warhammer. And the polystyrene we couldn't possibly throw out because he might use it! I hate polystyrene! He hasn't touched it in years, he loves his computer games more. Now that I think of it, it might be aspirational clutter. Like my euphonium (but that holds its value better, or at least that's what I tell myself).

Goal by the end of the year: everything fits neatly into the room, and any current projects should be completed. I'll make a project list tomorrow...
Title: Re: Use up or get rid of your crafting/project supplies in 2014
Post by: San on June 08, 2014, 07:36:30 AM
I'm going to try to combine this challenge and the gift making challenge. I planned a lot of my holiday gifts this year around supplies I already have in the house, instead of getting an idea and then purchasing the supplies. I shouldn't need to get much to be able to do all of my holiday crafting, and I'll use up a bunch!
Title: Re: Use up or get rid of your crafting/project supplies in 2014
Post by: dorothyc on June 08, 2014, 09:57:22 AM
I need to inventory my yarn, and find something to do with a large trash bag full of unidentified yarn, mostly shades of white and some wool, some acrylic (I think).

You probaby already know this, but you can do a burn test on a small length held with tweezers - wool chars to soot, acrylic melts to a hard bead. Google for fuller instructions.
Title: Re: Use up or get rid of your crafting/project supplies in 2014
Post by: San on June 08, 2014, 11:01:45 AM
Oh man, I saw this thread and immediately said "Shit, they're calling me out! Through the power of Internet Telepathy they KNOW I've been mulling over doing this lately!"

Unlike I think everyone else in this thread my crafting stuff is related to miniature wargaming (Warhammer 40k) and making miniature terrain to play it. It takes up a lot of space and I haven't played in about 2 years, so it's decision time.

By the end of 2014 I vow to either:

1. Resume the hobby, finish painting my existing minis, and get cheap entertainment out of my sunk costs.
2. Finish painting my existing minis, and then sell off my army and sell/donate/trash all remaining supplies.
3. Sell my army as it currently exists, and sell/donate/trash all remaining supplies.

I hate to admit this but I even bought an expensive airbrush that I've NEVER used! I'm not sure whether to keep it and learn how to put it to good use, or sell it. But what I *won't* let it do is sit around collecting dust for another year!

I sold off my army, unpainted pieces and a handful of non-warhammer minis about 2 years ago - over 5 years AFTER I was no longer playing. It was a tough decision, but worked out for me. It's an EXPENSIVE hobby, and I am super lucky in that the hobby shop near me gives really good value for things they will purchase, especially if you'll take store credit instead of cash.
Title: Re: Use up or get rid of your crafting/project supplies in 2014
Post by: KatieSSS on June 12, 2014, 01:43:33 PM
I'm the best at making baby blankets, and stick to two main patterns. These two: http://chucksforchancho.com/2012/09/01/chunky-crochet-baby-blanket-tutorial/ and http://singlesimplestudio.blogspot.com/2013/06/broom-baby-blanket-tutorial.html.

I now have three baby blankets in reserve and am looking for some new, simple ideas. Any suggestions?
Title: Re: Use up or get rid of your crafting/project supplies in 2014
Post by: MicroRN on July 11, 2014, 12:39:15 AM
Bump - It's July!  6 months to go...  We did some house rearranging, and have a huge pile of stuff to haul for donation.  I haven't really done any projects this month, but did put together a box of fabric to get rid of.  I've also been trying to spend a little quality time with my spinning wheel, which I guess counts as crafting, and I kind of made a page for the kiddo scrapbooks.  By kind of, I mean I glued some photos to a sheet of cardstock and put the dates underneath, but it's something.   
Title: Re: Use up or get rid of your crafting/project supplies in 2014
Post by: shadowmoss on July 11, 2014, 04:53:35 AM
You asked for baby blanket ideas, so I'll tell you what I do.  I found a simple shell stitch in crochet.  Basically it is 3 double crochet in one stitch, skip 2, single crochet, skip 2, 3 double crochet in one stitch.  After the second row you are doing the 3 double crochet in the single crochet in the row below, and the single crochet in the middle of the 3 doubles.  For a baby blanket I just finished I cast on about 125 stitches of 4-ply (not bulky, but you could modify for that...), and crocheted for 2 skeins worth, about 35" x 35".  I'm not sure, think I used a J hook.

I'm working on a sweater now, but I'm thinking I'll use up my no-name yarn stash by making some crochet yarn rugs, probably holding a couple of colors together.  I've never done that, but what the heck.  I have a lot of yarn to use up.
Title: Re: Use up or get rid of your crafting/project supplies in 2014
Post by: Zaga on July 11, 2014, 07:16:47 AM
I made a Victorian bustier this week, all with materials I had on hand.  Between that, and other projects, I'm gradually using up things that I have.  I also made a pizza scarf a few weeks ago with yarn I already had.  Not sure what I'm going to do with that one, it may end up being a gift for someone with a sense of the ridiculous. 
Title: Re: Use up or get rid of your crafting/project supplies in 2014
Post by: KatieSSS on July 14, 2014, 02:21:15 PM
You asked for baby blanket ideas, so I'll tell you what I do.  I found a simple shell stitch in crochet.  Basically it is 3 double crochet in one stitch, skip 2, single crochet, skip 2, 3 double crochet in one stitch.  After the second row you are doing the 3 double crochet in the single crochet in the row below, and the single crochet in the middle of the 3 doubles.  For a baby blanket I just finished I cast on about 125 stitches of 4-ply (not bulky, but you could modify for that...), and crocheted for 2 skeins worth, about 35" x 35".  I'm not sure, think I used a J hook.


Ooh, thanks for that! I have a hard time visualizing it, but I'll just follow your instructions and see if I can get it to look like what you describe.

ETA: I've been a baby-blanket-making machine! Using up tons of yarn. This is also because there are a lot of great shows on Netflix and I feel compelled to crochet while watching TV. Makes me feel productive and gives me an excuse to validate my TV watching :)
Title: Re: Use up or get rid of your crafting/project supplies in 2014
Post by: Doomspark on July 14, 2014, 02:46:11 PM
Can I play?

With me, it's models.  I used to buy them, work on them for a couple of weeks and then get distracted. I've got about 20 model ships in various stages of building.  After moving twice, most of them are missing pieces.  I'm planning to trash all the plastic models and keep the wooden ones and try to replace the missing pieces.
Title: Re: Use up or get rid of your crafting/project supplies in 2014
Post by: NVDee on July 14, 2014, 05:40:52 PM
One new summer skirt completed with material all found in my sewing room.

Another skirt made with new material but lining and all notions were used up from previous purchases.
Title: Re: Use up or get rid of your crafting/project supplies in 2014
Post by: MicroRN on July 18, 2014, 06:17:08 PM
My husband finally got around to making a hanging display rack for my horseshow ribbons.  It looks great and cost about $15 in materials rather than buying a similar rack for $80.
Title: Re: Use up or get rid of your crafting/project supplies in 2014
Post by: Zaga on July 24, 2014, 08:14:05 AM
This past week I went through my "to do" project bin, you know: the one that's been ignored for like 2 years, and finished over half of the projects in there.  I also decided to give up on some of the remaining things.  So my "to do" bin went from overflowing to less than half full.

Woot! 

Best part is a lot of this stuff will be worn now.
Title: Re: Use up or get rid of your crafting/project supplies in 2014
Post by: Trudie on July 25, 2014, 01:48:24 PM
About three years ago I went through my craft stuff and donated it to charity.  I finally decided that I had bought a bunch of it to be "aspirational".  I'm big on vision, but fail in the implementation department.

I also decided that it's more realistic to have a couple of hobbies you're really into and focus time on them.  For me, I decided on gardening/landscaping, cooking and preserving, and running.  I don't beat myself up over the things I cannot do anymore.  Each of us only has so much mental bandwidth.

Garage sales don't go over big in my town, but I've had great sales when I focus on certain types of items.  Lots of people are into gardening and canning in my neck of the woods, so when I've had focused "garden sales" I've made a nice haul.  Perhaps you could do the same with your craft supplies.

I also found it helpful to snap photos of better items and put them up on a website/blog beforehand so people could preview the items. 
Title: Re: Use up or get rid of your crafting/project supplies in 2014
Post by: starbuck on August 04, 2014, 08:54:27 AM
I've been steadily working on this for the last 18 months. I inherited a TON of sewing materials from my grandmother in law, because I'm the only one that sews in the family. She had some really great stuff, but she had so much of it. It's been fun to see the packaging on sewing notions from the 40s and 50s. I gave a bunch away to a friend that sews, but it was only a small portion of what I have. I probably have about 70 spools of thread still.

So I swore off from buying any new materials (especially fabric) until I made a sizable dent in what I have. I'm finishing up my second baby quilt for a friend, and my jar of empty wooden spools is filling up nicely. I've been surprised at the quality of the old thread. Very few breaks!

For the most recent baby quilt I had to to buy batting and fabric backing, but I bought JUST the right amounts and didn't end up with any leftover materials. The quilt front is all from my current fabric stash. The piles are finally shrinking! Finally!
Title: Re: Use up or get rid of your crafting/project supplies in 2014
Post by: RetiredAt63 on August 14, 2014, 06:07:18 PM
I started spinning in the late 70's and stopped because the fiber available was horrible.  Now there are wonderful fibers - all sorts of wool breeds, llama/alpaca/cashmere/mohair/silk, etc., and every time I go to something I come home with more to spin.  I have decided to put a moratorium on new purchases until I have spun most (if not all) of what I already have.  Given that what I have is things like merino/silk blends, this is not a hardship.  But, no Twist festival this year - hold me to this!

Also, nothing new on the needles until at least half of what I have started is finished.  The Yarn Harlot is a bad role model.  Maybe I should take up weaving, it uses up yarn a lot faster than knitting does  ;-)

I did spin 200gm of a merino/firestar blend and donate it to a silent auction fundraiser - that was fun, and the girl who bought it loved it (she is a beginning spinner).  And I had the pleasure of spinning it and don't need to think about what to make with it. 
Title: Re: Use up or get rid of your crafting/project supplies in 2014
Post by: MicroRN on August 14, 2014, 06:24:03 PM
Retiredat63 - I love spinning as well.  I have a huge bin of roving that I have yet to sit down and spin.  Corriedale, merino, alpaca, silk-merino blend, and even camel, in a rainbow of colors.  I keep hoping to find more time, because I love the relaxing aspect of spinning.   
Title: Re: Use up or get rid of your crafting/project supplies in 2014
Post by: RetiredAt63 on August 14, 2014, 08:34:26 PM
MicroRN

Those all sound lovely.  I have never tried camel - it is very short, I think?  Camels are related to llamas and alpacas, but I have no idea if the fibers are similar.  I am spinning BFL for the first time, it is very nice.  And Polwarth is lovely if you like a long fiber.

I find spinning to be very Zen.  It is like doing meditation.  I wish I was a more efficient knitter, since it is easy to end up with a lot more yarn than I can really use in any respectable time frame. 

I have to admit, I have no great moral superiority when I don't buy coffee out, or meals out, or all the other things we think of for extravagant spending on MMM, they just don't have much appeal for me.  But fiber - my best defense is not going near it.  I could easily blow $50-$100 at Twist, which is why I am not going.  I managed to "only" spend $30 at our last St. Distaff Day, an orifice hook and some Romney/BFL/mohair/silk which made a lovely fluffy yarn for a winter scarf.
Title: Re: Use up or get rid of your crafting/project supplies in 2014
Post by: SingleMomDebt on August 14, 2014, 08:50:17 PM
Ohh... like sew that apron/artist smock I cut out a few months back? I bought such gorgeous fabric for it too. And I hate cutting it out, but seems taking out the sewing machine and setting up the iron is taking more effort this time. ha.
Title: Re: Use up or get rid of your crafting/project supplies in 2014
Post by: MicroRN on August 14, 2014, 09:56:08 PM
MicroRN

Those all sound lovely.  I have never tried camel - it is very short, I think?  Camels are related to llamas and alpacas, but I have no idea if the fibers are similar.  I am spinning BFL for the first time, it is very nice.  And Polwarth is lovely if you like a long fiber.

I find spinning to be very Zen.  It is like doing meditation.  I wish I was a more efficient knitter, since it is easy to end up with a lot more yarn than I can really use in any respectable time frame. 

I have to admit, I have no great moral superiority when I don't buy coffee out, or meals out, or all the other things we think of for extravagant spending on MMM, they just don't have much appeal for me.  But fiber - my best defense is not going near it.  I could easily blow $50-$100 at Twist, which is why I am not going.  I managed to "only" spend $30 at our last St. Distaff Day, an orifice hook and some Romney/BFL/mohair/silk which made a lovely fluffy yarn for a winter scarf.

The camel is pretty short.  I actually have two kinds - camel top and baby camel down (very fine, short, and springy).  Those are more of a curiosity, because I don't have enough to really make anything from, just 1-1.5 oz.

Love spinning, but I don't like crochet or knitting.  I either need to start weaving seriously, or find a knitter/crocheter to hand off my yarn to.   
Title: Re: Use up or get rid of your crafting/project supplies in 2014
Post by: CU Tiger on September 05, 2014, 06:15:09 AM
I got rid of a bunch of stuff, and then my friend died, and I inherited a bunch of her quilting fabric. I have a plan for selling it at an October flea market.

I have done well this year with "shopping my stash" when starting new fabrics. I also went through the two large drawers of yarn and admitted to myself that I really only like knitting baby things and washcloths, and got out most of my other yarn to sell.

If anyone wants me to send pix of what I have to sell, for pennies on the dollar, let me know!

It is hard, because I love Michaels, but staying out of craft stores is the best way for me to get a handle on the amount of fabric and yarn and other crafty goodness in the house.
Title: Re: Use up or get rid of your crafting/project supplies in 2014
Post by: Anatidae V on September 05, 2014, 06:40:34 AM
I'm using up my small fabric stash by sorting it into the projects I haven't started yet. Anything not for a project and cotton will be used in making muffin and hand shaped oven mitts for Christmas, tying in nicely with the handmade Christmas 2014!
Title: Re: Use up or get rid of your crafting/project supplies in 2014
Post by: SisterX on September 05, 2014, 11:57:40 AM
This has been one of my goals for about two years now.  Not all of it--I don't really want to get rid of much, but I do want to actually start using my yarn that I have tons of and start making the projects I've been mulling over for a long time now. 
So recently I picked up a half-finished sweater I started knitting two years ago and didn't finish because I got pregnant and realized it would be a while before I could wear it anyway.  The second sleeve is half finished, then I just need to sew up the seams and knit the collar.  Slowly but surely I am chipping away at this one.
I'll have a decent amount of yarn leftover from it, however, so I'm planning to make a few toddler hats out of what's left.  I found a cute, warm pattern and I'm super excited to get started.  I'll make one for my daughter, and at least two for some friends.
My husband just mentioned last night that he couldn't find the hand warmers I knitted for him years ago.  If he still can't find them, I'll knit more.  It's a super quick project and should only take a few hours, but it will use about half a ball of yarn so hopefully I can use up an old one that way.
Later on: I have yarn that's been earmarked for more socks for myself, and I really should spend an hour and make another catnip cat toy for my little guy.  He's been getting really antsy whenever I sit down to knit because he wants one.  :)
If I manage to find the time, I also have a cross-stitch kit for a stocking that I've been meaning to make for my brother for years (even worse, it's a hand-me-down project from my mom, who decided she couldn't finish it!) that will take some time, but I really should work on it.
It's a good thing winters are long, cold, and perfectly suited to craft projects around here.
Title: Re: Use up or get rid of your crafting/project supplies in 2014
Post by: Anatidae V on October 04, 2014, 07:08:54 AM
I finished some Xmas bunting that's been waiting for a couple of years. There were some extra pieces, but I'm happy that the majority have been used! They got put back in the tub for later Xmas crafts. Tomorrow I've got a targeted shopping trip planned for finishing pieces for a few projects. Completion feels oddly uncomfortable. I think I need to get used to it.
Title: Re: Use up or get rid of your crafting/project supplies in 2014
Post by: MicroRN on October 05, 2014, 11:46:17 AM
We're getting ready to move, so I'm using that as an extra push to get rid of more fabric and things.  It's hard though.  A lot of the fabric, I had big plans for.  It's hard to accept that my life and hobbies have changed so that I'm unlikely to use it soon if at all.  I decided for now I'm taking the tote approach to the fabric and notions.  Of just fabric, I have 3 totes plus a huge cardboard box.  I'm going to trim the fabric so I can fit it into just the totes. 

   
Title: Re: Use up or get rid of your crafting/project supplies in 2014
Post by: Zaga on October 06, 2014, 05:50:37 AM
I found my DH's stash of patterns and fabric in the basement (Yes, he also has a sewing habit.)

So now I've started to use up his fabric.  The next goal is to get those things upstairs and consolidated into my crafting room.  This will take me using up a good amount of fabric.  In addition I will need to iron and organize all of his patterns; he has his patterns all cut out in muslin so they take up a good bit of space.  I will separate them and put one each in ziploc bags well labeled, that should help.
Title: Re: Use up or get rid of your crafting/project supplies in 2014
Post by: MicroRN on October 06, 2014, 10:26:38 AM
Hey everyone - it's OCTOBER!  That means there are three months left to the year.  It also means the holidays are coming up, which are a great time to use up crafting supplies.  Get knitting, sewing, painting, carving, soapmaking, or whatever else you do and make people awesome Mustachian presents that will also deplete your crafting stash.

Title: Re: Use up or get rid of your crafting/project supplies in 2014
Post by: geekette on October 06, 2014, 10:33:26 AM
I love knitting, but often have no use for the finished product (especially lace, and I do love to knit lace). 

Any of you spinners want to send some yarn my way (with some extra), I'll return it in a different form... Link to my "will work for yarn" projects (http://www.ravelry.com/projects/geekette?set=will-work-for-yarn-projects&view=thumbnail).
Title: Re: Use up or get rid of your crafting/project supplies in 2014
Post by: Elderwood17 on October 06, 2014, 12:18:06 PM
OK, I just found this thread and showed it to my wife.  She used to work in a scrapbook store and has a full room dedicated to her crafting stuff.  She read through it and concluded I had read enough of that Mustache guys website for a while!   Oops.
Title: Re: Use up or get rid of your crafting/project supplies in 2014
Post by: NVDee on October 06, 2014, 04:58:53 PM
Donated about 1/2 of my yarn stash to a friend who was interested in learning to knit.  Win-win in my eyes as she does not have to spend money to find out if she enjoys it or not,  I can relish in the idea that the yarn will finally get used.

One scrapbook to finish this week so I can give it to my nieces when I visit for Thanksgiving next weekend!

Title: Re: Use up or get rid of your crafting/project supplies in 2014
Post by: CU Tiger on October 06, 2014, 05:04:13 PM
This weekend I sold a bunch of fabric, motions, and yarn at a flea market. I am using leftovers from old projects to knit a simple, seed stitch prayer shawl. Have two more border strips to sew on a quilt before quilting it.

Progress being made!
Title: Re: Use up or get rid of your crafting/project supplies in 2014
Post by: TRBeck on October 07, 2014, 08:04:41 AM
Okay, this may be the push I need to unload the EOs and FOs left over from my soapmaking. I still make soap, but I have a narrow range of scents and ingredients I use and prefer now, so it's time to let go of, say, the spearmint oil. I will have to seek out a soapmaking forum in hopes of shedding the clutter. It's not an overwhelming amount. Time to make it happen.
Title: Re: Use up or get rid of your crafting/project supplies in 2014
Post by: RetiredAt63 on October 09, 2014, 08:47:36 AM
I went on your Ravelry page - your knitting is beautiful.  I am falling in love with spinning - so far my excess hand-spun yarn has gone to charity fund-raisers, but in the future some may be going your way  ;-)  So far I have plans for everything I have spun, but I can see that changing as the stash shifts from fiber to yarn over the winter.  Spinning is so zen, so relaxing.

Actually I just finished some BFL (I like to try new breeds, it is spun but I still need to ply it), and don't like the colours.  I'm hoping I will like it better after plying.  If DD doesn't like it and my knitting neighbour doesn't like it, it will need a new home.  Or it will become an experiment in over-dying.

I love knitting, but often have no use for the finished product (especially lace, and I do love to knit lace). 

Any of you spinners want to send some yarn my way (with some extra), I'll return it in a different form... Link to my "will work for yarn" projects (http://www.ravelry.com/projects/geekette?set=will-work-for-yarn-projects&view=thumbnail).
Title: Re: Use up or get rid of your crafting/project supplies in 2014
Post by: Lizzy B. on October 22, 2014, 01:28:19 PM
Ok, I realized it’s a bit late in the year, but count me in.  I’ve already been doing a lot of this since when we moved to our current house I was embarrassed by the number of half-finished projects I had.

Since I’m starting the party late, I’ll list what I’ve done to date.

Restarted a 5 by 8 cross-stich, finished it, framed it, and gave it away as a housewarming gift.

Finished making guest napkins from this lovely batik fabric that I’d cut about 2 years ago but hadn’t actually sewn.

Finished a cute “retro” apron I’d started with my sister but never finished.  There was only 1 hour worth of work left.  Why I stopped we may never know.

Turned about 5 yards of red-velvet curtains into a cloak.  They’d been hanging when we moved in, and I hated them as curtains.  They make a pretty sweet cloak, though!  Now if I only had a time to actually use it…  I had to buy lining for this (didn’t have 5 yards of lining lying around) but the net effect was to decrease the volume of fabric; velvet takes up a lot of space!  I also get to lose the pattern that I’d been carrying around for an embarrassingly long time.

I crocheted a baby blanket with half yarn that I purchased and half that my sister had left over from a similar project.  This would have been great for using up extras, but I ended up having more left over than I’d gotten from my sister.  I guess I crochet really lose…  This extra yarn will be the hardest thing for me to get rid of since they’re half balls and in a weird shade of green… L  Dishrags?  Dog toys?  Ideas are welcome!

I’ve been using lots of little fabric scraps to make really simple drawstring bags that I use for wrapping gifts.  Just pop the gifts in, pull the string, and you’re ready!  This helps use up lots of the little scraps, but then I have to buy ribbon for the drawstrings and end up with tons of spools of ribbon…

Restarted some cross-stich Christmas angels that I’d had lying around since high school (yikes!).  I’ve gotten three done with the embroidery, and now I just have to finish them by backing them with felt.  That's this weekend's project.

I love this challenge idea!  You all might give me the strength I need to avoid the wonderful cross-stich store I just discovered.  Finish what I have… Finish what I have…
Title: Re: Use up or get rid of your crafting/project supplies in 2014
Post by: RetiredAt63 on October 25, 2014, 04:53:13 PM
I'm impressed with all that you have done.  Maybe over-dye the wool?

I have a bunch of toe-up socks that are ready to do the heel - but I have not dredged up the courage yet.  I look at the patterns and my feet and don't think they match.  Time to look for other heel patterns, I guess.

This extra yarn will be the hardest thing for me to get rid of since they’re half balls and in a weird shade of green… L  Dishrags?  Dog toys?  Ideas are welcome!
Title: Re: Use up or get rid of your crafting/project supplies in 2014
Post by: geekette on October 25, 2014, 09:28:18 PM

I have a bunch of toe-up socks that are ready to do the heel - but I have not dredged up the courage yet.  I look at the patterns and my feet and don't think they match.  Time to look for other heel patterns, I guess.

I love Cat Bordhi's tomato heel.  Youtube it for free.  She's...odd, but good.  First heel I've found that fits my (wide) feet.
Title: Re: Use up or get rid of your crafting/project supplies in 2014
Post by: Anatidae V on November 02, 2014, 07:51:02 AM
I finished some Xmas bunting that's been waiting for a couple of years. There were some extra pieces, but I'm happy that the majority have been used! They got put back in the tub for later Xmas crafts. Tomorrow I've got a targeted shopping trip planned for finishing pieces for a few projects. Completion feels oddly uncomfortable. I think I need to get used to it.
That shopping trip was a success, and now I have a finished steering wheel cover, just in time for summer! It had been sitting around for about 3 years.
Title: Re: Use up or get rid of your crafting/project supplies in 2014
Post by: zinethstache on November 02, 2014, 03:51:15 PM
I just finished up a large project for a local horse club. They asked if I could make some extra items that doubled the order, I said yes thinking it was a great opportunity to get rid of more crafting inventory this year. I also have a one-day work holiday bazaar I can attend this Friday and bring some my older finished inventory that hang out in my craft room taking up space. I'm not feeling up to it but I will get my hubby to help bring everything and he will unload it for me. It is going to be my last opportunity to purge the craft room before my surgery in December which will pretty much put me down and out through February of next year. My last and final opportunity for purging could be creating some handmade gifts for Thanksgiving. We won't be having a Christmas gathering this year because I will have just had surgery and won't be up to it. We will have all of the family over Thanksgiving day so I have a few weeks left to think of something clever to give everyone craft-wise. I make sterling silver jewelry, some casual base metal jewelry, hoodies and caps using my vinyl cutter and heat press, and this year, because of my back issues, I have revitalized my scrapbooking and card making hobby to help fill the time.