January is for organizing – sorting through storage – planning – tidying up over here. I want to show you some of my storage “containers” for precious craft things.
1. the pattern book
I keep all of my own patterns in here. Alterations, sketch, gauge, yarn details, charts – all in the on a double page. If all the digital copies of my patterns delete themselves one day or the sun hits the electricity net and all goes to hell (haha slightly exaggerating), I have all of my pattern safe in my pocket in this DIN A5 note book and can help people knitting warm hats and scarfs.
Also there is something magical to carefully writing something by hand, glue in snippets and yarn samples, drawing charts and sketches in a book where you can’t cover any mistakes.
You have to think before you do.
2. the knitting neede bag
There are people who store their circular needles tidy in zipper bags and sorted by numbers. I have a huge bag where they all fit in and one of my wooden needle gauges to check the size.
3. the embroidery storing case
My newer embroidery pieces go in there to stay flat and save from sun light – which would attack the colors. I have a piece of thick fabric in which I keep my older embroideries covered.
4. the embroidery hoop bag
All of my hoops fit in here. As you can see I like matching fabrics with my storage things!
5. the paper folder
This is a folder I made in 2002 or 2003. I was drawing and painting a lot during that time (preparing for art school) and I wanted something nice to put my drawings in. When I think back, I had more fun planning and sewing this folder than filling it with my drawings. That should have been the first sign for me that textiles are more me than grafics.
It has 3 side pockets which can be opened with buttons to get either one huge side pocket or one small and one medium. It’s wrapped around with a leather band I had from a broken dreamcatcher. So much love went into this folder, it’s a silent reminder of a time when inspiration was overflowing and the world wide wide open.