Have you read the Quiltmaker magazine article about having a “workable” fabric stash? Ever since I read it, I wanted to pull all my fabric out of the closet and analyze whether it is workable by Heather Thomas’ definition. If I had to guess, I would say that I have too many focus fabrics and not enough tone on tones. I really, really would love an excuse to buy more fabric, any fabric, any color. Here’s my chance.
Two weeks later I cleared out the fabric in my closet. That was hard work lugging out the heavy bins. The whole time I was dreaming about buying exotic shades of blue like cerulean that I can hardly pronounce. Afterwards, I divided my stash into the 12 colors of the typical color wheel.
I don’t mind admitting when I’m wrong. For example, I thought I had more focus fabrics than workable fabrics such as two-color, tone on tone or almost solid fabrics. In reality I have collected at least a 50-50 mix. I’m pleasantly surprised. I’ll be sure to not squelch the urge to buy two-color or nearly solid fabrics.
Here’s another surprise. I discovered that I needed a tutorial in color recognition. Fabric that I thought was pink was really in the red violet family. I had it in the wrong bin. I imagine that the red violets have been fighting with the true pinks like siblings. You move. No you move. I was here first. Mo..om, she’s touching me.
Did you know there’s no purple on the color wheel? Purple only exists in Crayola’s crayon world. The correct term is violet which is sandwiched between blue violet and red violet.
When it came time to put everything away, I was short plastic tubs. I couldn’t possibly mix my blue greens in with real blues. The rambunctious red violets are no longer fighting with the pastel pinks. I separated the yellow from the chartreuse, a fancy word for yellow-green. I needed one bin for each color and two more for light and dark colors. That’s 14 bins. In order to have enough tubs, I made a bold move by mixing batiks in with my other fabrics.
Finally, I found an excuse to go out to buy more fabric in one certain color. Can you guess which one? No, the answer is not orange, which is not one of my favorite colors. However, who knew I had so many fabric pieces in pure orange, peachy orange and shades of orange. The particular color that I need to buy more…drum roll here…is yellow orange! I am seriously displeased.
Resigned to my fate,