Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Stashing and ATS

Gentle Readers and Dear Friends thanks once again for stopping by my little bit of the Blogosphere your kind comments and emails.  I also wanted give a hearty welcome to my new Followers - thanks for joining!!  and to the continued support of my old followers - that really doesn't sound as nice as I want it, but it is early and my brain can't come up with another way to put that!!

I had a question about how I deal with my ever growing piles of stash....  and what a good question.  What works for me is a three fold "Stash" system.  For WIPs and soon to be WIPs - I have a basket by the stitchy chair.... I do not allow more WIPs than can fit in this basket, my rule for sanity.....


..... and here are my WIPs and soon to be WIPs...

Mary Hutton, On the Oregon Trail, CCN Cottages, ATS, AotH, LK ABC's of Christmas, Sampler Wreath and Christmas Markings.....  

My Biggest "organized" area of stash are these 5 inch binders....


Here in my big binders, I have charts organized so that I can wrap my little brain around the heap.  The binder break down is.... 1 binder for Prairie Schooler, 1 binder for Black Bird Designs, 1 Binder for Quaker, the other binders slightly sectioned off by designer...... Mary Beale, Mary Garry, Plum Street, The Primitive Needle, Workbasket, BRD, Brighneedle, CHS, Sheepish Designs and Birds of a Feather.  I also have a misc section which holds mostly samplers.  Then there is this last area.....


This piece of furniture actually has six sections the last two hold un-filed charts, the red and white box are mostly small charts, the plastic file things hold magazines  (not my SANQ). Tomorrow I'll tackle floss and linen.
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I finished up the tree on ATS - I only changed one colour -  burnt orange to copper - my burnt orange is almost identical to my nutmeg, and I wanted the snake to stand out.


That's about it for today sports fans.  Do stop by again!!

Take care,
edgar

31 comments:

Parsley said...

Inspiring post for me. I think I need to get a basket to put within reach of my stitching place.

Hope you'll join me for tea this weekend ;-)

Margaret said...

You're so organized! I love seeing how you keep it all organized. And your ATS -- yay! I think you're over the roughest part!

LindataxPA said...

So glad to see I'm not the only one with an "unfiled pile." Thanks for sharing your stash organization.

Anonymous said...

Great progress on your ATS! Look at those binders! Wow! Great use of your Longaberger magazine basket, Edgar!

Robin in Virginia
rlbrowninva @ gmail.com

Cindy said...

I love to see how other stitchers handle their stash. Thanks for sharing! Love your ATS too.

butterfly said...

Oh Edgar you make me smile, I have a bag just about the same size as your one with my wips to stitch tonight I work on 4 or 5 each night but keep adding more so then out they come into my bigger bag under the stairs, and my charts well we had not better go there to much stash almost feel guilty. One craft room and 4 bedrooms full ! One day must have a good sort out , hugs.

Mouse said...

helllooo .. cooo you have a very small pile of WIPS ..lol think I am going to go under with mine .. architectural layers ..lol
love your organised stash as well and the snake looks lovely with the colour change :)
love mouse xxx

Laura said...

You're a smarter cookie than me because I've convinced myself that it's okay to have THREE baskets next to my chair, which people are always tripping over, or I have to put away when company comes so I don't look like a crazy person. I need to get more organized!

The Inspired Stitcher said...

Oh Edgar, that's one excellent post! It really does give me some ideas for my heap too. Believe me, I seriously need to do some stash wrangling. LOL!

Denise said...

I'm trying to wrap my mind around the 6 - 5" binders of charts! I have just dropped to the floor and am bowing towards SF! There is no way in heaven I can ever catch up.

Ralee said...

Edgar, love seeing what you do with your stash! And I can't wait to see how you tackle your threads--my biggest challenge. If I ever get around to starting that long over due blog of mine I'll post pictures of my biggest WIP, my stash closet. If my kids ever come home to roost, I'm in big, big trouble!

SewAmy said...

I love organization ideas. Your binders are a great one. Your stash is amazing!! My dream would be to flip through all your binders.... that would be Heaven to me. Like reading a great novels.

Minnie said...

I love your organization, it is comforting to know I am not alone. I have a bag for wips and a bag for soon to be wips(the ones kitted up with floss) that have not been started yet. I love the snake, it definitely stands out.

geeky Heather said...

Love the colors in ATS!! Hmmm, I need a rule for sanity...in general! =)

Ann at Beadlework. said...

Thanks for sharing this Edgar, it's good to see how other stitchers organise their stash.

diamondc said...

Fabulous Darling: The snake looks good in this color, he does stand out, I love your organizing, I too am an organizer I like to know where everything is.
Hugs
Catherine

Angela said...

I love the colors in ATS and it's looking lovely too. Thank you for sharing how you store your WIP's and your charts, I have some new ideas for organizing better.

Bianca said...

Love your organizing system. I noticed a notepad in your WIP basket and was wondering what you use it for.

Jackie said...

I love getting a peek into how people organize their stash. Thank you for showing it. LOVE your WIP basket!

Ellen said...

Great organizing system! Wish I am so organized, my things are all over the house ha ha!

Love your ATS, colors are gorgeous!

Hugs,

melodyr said...

I love your idea of no more WIP's than will fit in the basket. I should really do something like that. I might get more finished that way. I do have a question, the Sampler Wreath pattern, looks like an awesome pattern who is the designer.

Melody

Barb said...

I love your organization!! I have a file cabinet in the basement but it really needs revamping! You offer some great ideas!

Jan said...

Holy Cow!! I'm not the only one with a binder collection. For me there's 18 rangeing from 1" to 3" binders with general cross stitch charts. 5 of them are 3" D-ring binders with Teresa Wentzler charts. I too have gone to the tote bag approach for wips. I however only keep one current project in the tote by my couch.

Joy said...

Good idea with the basket! I also have binders, files, and a clear plastic tote for small patterns. I would love to have my own craft space, but I have to wait until one of my birds leave the nest. Great progress on ATS!

Kielrain said...

Seems like you are pretty organized. At least compared to me! I am spread across two countries!
ATS is looking great. It is such a neat piece.

Katherine said...

Holy Cow! And I thought I was organized! Those binders are amazing! And when my husband says that I have too much (I always think in terms of slightly more than enough), now all I have to do is show him what YOU have and there will be no more about it. I hear there's a twelve step program for this . . . You do inspire me though; now all I need is a bigger bookcase.

And This Little Pig said...

Whoa Edgar, I bow to the Master of Stash :@

Wonderful progress on ATS, and of all your stash I found Sampler Wreath most interesting.

LiBBiE in Oz

Carol said...

I enjoyed seeing how you organize your stash, Edgar. I do the binder thing, too--in fact, I think I'm going to need a second Prairie School binder very soon! The snake really does stand out well on ATS--great choice on the color change :)

Melody said...

Thanks for sharing your organization method. I too do binders, but was not happy with how I have things organized in them. I have them separated by seasons, winter in one, etc. I may haul it all out and reoranize by designer. I'm forever thumbing through them when someone asks to borrow something specific. I probably have about the same volume of charts in binders that you do... I don't feel so bad now. ha! I have a couple of baskets besides the binders. Sometimes it feels like too much. ha! But, I keep adding to it...

Lelia said...

good choice on the fiber for snake. It does show up in the tree. I enjoy mary garry charts, too. I sure wish she'd publish a book with all her designs! (tho, I have found some over the years)

enjoy the day

Catherine said...

Oh to be so organized!! Perhaps one day....
Love your stitches ~ great choice for the snake!