Recently a group for stash busting was started in the stitchin fingers community. This reminded me once again of just how lucky we are to have a ‘stash’. Most fiber folks have them. We draw on our stashes to make items or add to projects.
They are either purchased or scavenged materials that have accumulated over time and as such they often have a story to tell. Or it is possibly more correct to say that stashes are full of stories. The interesting thing for textile practitoners is that these materials can take on another story. They can be made into something new and take on other meanings in someones life.
Stashes also act as signifiers of wealth. Not only is the obvious wealth of what the stash actually costs to have and house but there is the psychological wealth of a stash because a stash is full of possibilities. While material is uncut it is rich with possible uses. Once you have committed to using it the material moves from being something that is full of potential to a project
So this month the idea to think about is stories that are and stories that are possible.
The colour scheme was taken from this photo of a stash of sinks I discovered at our local recycling depot. I thought it fitted the idea as I am sure if they could speak what stories they could tell! Even if the colour scheme produced by Colourlovers is a little on the pink side I am sure it will make for an interesting challenge. Remember that the colours can only ever be a suggestion as computer screens display colours differently. The aim is to be as close as possible to the colours on your screen. From ColourLovers you can download swatches to use is Photoshop, Illustrator, or in a CSS file.
As usual when you have worked the idea swing back to this page and leave a comment with blog or flickr address so that people can take a look at what you have been working on or done. There is a flickr group for the Take it Further Design Challenge and Debra Spincic has set up a another TIF blog. Please remember if you use Debra’s tif blog to swing by here too!
If you have not yet checked out the stitchin fingers community please do, as we have grown. Since start up two weeks ago just over 450 members are hanging out there all sorts of challenges, swaps and stitch alongs have started. There is a even a Take it Further group which has formed there too! So do take time to see it and join in on the fun