Do I have Stash?

Someone asked me if I had much stash and how I stored it… Well yes, but not as much as some others I know… but I do have my fair share…

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASince I do several needlecrafts I have a large overlapping stash…(my DH calls it my mini Hobby Store…This is from a man whose workbench and area looks like a hardware store after an earthquake..don’t tell him I posted this picture!)… mine is very well organized even though it does take up a large portion of our home. I dabble in any needle art, but my favorites are needlepoint, temari, needle felting (new), knitting (learning), crochet and sewing.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI have a library…it has all needle related books.  I have a stitching area in here but seldom use it.


In our office I have a stitching chair too, but use it mostly for selecting threads. I have closet with threads and beads; these are stored on wire shelves in plastic boxes and drawers. Most are stored by type (i.e DMC #5 Perle, DMC Floss, Kreinik #8 Braid, Rainbow Gallery silk, Silk and Ivory etc….OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWithin the box or drawer, it may vary as how I store each thread: DMC and Rainbow Gallery Silk are stored by number, some Rainbow Gallery, Silk & Ivory and all Kreinik and beads are stored by color.  All threads and beads are clearly marked by number as well as who produced it and name (if applicable.) It is whatever I find works best for me and the particular thread or bead.

My general supplies are stored in clear plastic containers or bags and marked in my master bedroom closet: I have painted needlepoint canvases, cut plain needlepoint canvas
yarn (for knitting a & crocheting), leftover yarn from crochet projects is wound into bases as I go to desired sizes) I use this bases not only for temari balls but also for needle felting balls. When I’m making a temari, I chose the ball and wind with sewing thread.


My sewing threads are kept in the sewing area with finishing supplies for finishing needlework.


I also keep  a box and/or bag for each type of needle art tools/supplies:
I have a bag and small tin for knitting and crochet OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
tools…haven’t been in to this long enough to mass great supplies.




box with Kumihimo disks, and weights.

Bobbins are in a plastic bag.



OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERATemari has it’s own lunch box of tools.




I have plastic boxes with stitching tools for beading. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA




Since I started needlefelting I purchased a set of rolling drawers. I store some supplies and  needle felting roving in here. I also have a plastic box for tools and a couple containers with tools I use.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABut needlepoint takes up the most areas.  I have a couple stitching nests; each has a floor stand, light and comfy chair for stitching. One area has a set of drawers to keep extra supplies and dodads.


I have three bags of stitching tools; one large with seldom used tools, one small that I take to classes and seminars and one I use all the time. Not to mention my collection of needlework tools that I have blogged about before.

So yes, I guess I do have stash! I’m lucky I have a pretty good idea what stash I have and where to look. I can go right to it without much trouble.

I would love to take over the living room (we live in our family room) as an art area but DH has drawn a line in the sand, says he can’t turn around now without fearing for his life of being stabbed by a needle or pair of scissors…men!)

Thank you for stopping by, I hope you have time to stitch today!



My enabling friend Karen

Karen and I go back a few years, we worked in the same needlepoint store. Karen is one of those people you love to know, You can mull around ideas, you can bounce ideas off her, you can give her a problem and she comes up with two or three ideas/solutions and I have never known Karen not to succeed at a new venture. She’s good for my creative flow.

And now I am going to break my rule about not posting other peoples designs without permission, since this piece was in my house for two years before I gave it back and I saved it from the round file one day at work. I had every intention of returning to Karen, but, it made it’s way to my china cabinet and looked so good with my crystal vase that I forgot to return until yesterday.


hardanger2 hardanger3        hardanger4 hardanger5             




 Karen does beautiful hardanger, some of the nicest I have ever seen. I thought everyone should see her great work. She also made one of my scissor cases I showed before but will be happy to do so again. It is one of my favorites and I do not take it out of my house.



Karen also has a blog but it is mostly about knitting, but I read it anyway…

Yesterday Karen and I met for lunch, I gave her the hardanger and then she enabled me and maybe even enticed me. We went by a knit shop and I don’t knit but Karen does and very well I might add. I, on the other hand, have tried several times with several people trying to teach me and I never got the hang of it.  But oh my, the beautiful yarns… makes you want to try again. Anyway, I do crochet and I found an interesting book about crochet (enabled). I also learned that crochet is older than knitting , but knitting takes half the amount of yarn crochet requires, and more people prefer the look of knitting. Well, other than the book I purchased I was able to escape without buying large quantities of yarn and not signing up for a class. We also went to Half Price Books and I managed to escape without being enabled there either.

Now the kicker of this tale is…all night last night I dreamed about knitting and even awoke this morning thinking I probably should sign up for classes and give it one more try. I immediately got up and ate breakfast, because my mother always told me if you tell a dream before eating it will come true. Now, it’s not that I don’t want to try to learn to knit one more time, I’ll may give it the ole college try….it’s all the yarn I see collecting in my sewing room (and after I have been trying so hard to purge the sewing room of threads I know I will never use for needlepoint). If the dream weren’t enough, my first email this morning was from Karen with three websites to visit:

Hummmmmm, so guess what I have been doing off and on (more on than off) today? Enabling, enabling, enabling! I have downloaded 8 to 12 free patterns, all crochet…but I did look at the knitting and there were several there, but I fought the urge. I am reading one blog and on waiting list for the third site to admit me… I think it is teasing me into submission. So if in the next few months you hear load mutterings from the midwest it will probably be the poor knitting teacher wishing I’d take up another hobby or it could be me trying to figure out where to store my new stash. I’ll keep you posted.