Compulsive hoarding is a mental disorder that is just beginning to be understood. As a hoarder, I have acquired things over the years with a specific purpose in mind at the time of the acquisition, used some of those items for their intended purposes, forgotten the goal for different objects, but now that I find that they have outlived their purpose in my life I am struggling to rid myself of those same things.

You can read the start of my journey here.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

I'll take what I can get.

This is driving me nuts. I haven't done much of anything today. Trying to stay off my feet like the doctor ordered. It's really hard to do.

Being the good girl I try to be, I worked on pulling threads in the fabric to make the broomstick skirts. If you snip a piece of fabric at the selvaged edge, and carefully take hold of just one thread and pull it, it will go directly across the fabric to the other selvaged edge. The thread often breaks when pulling it, so it can take several minutes to pull a thread on a piece of fabric, but it's worth it. If you're wanting a straight line, so the fabric doesn't twist once the garment is finished this works.

I don't sew many things that need to have a thread pulled to make sure the edges are straight. I always pull threads when I'm making a baby blanket, but this is the first I've made a broomstick skirt. I knew I'd want to do it for the skirts, because I have to have several strips of fabric that are the same height all the way across. This is an easy way to make sure it happens, if you don't have a rotary cutter and cutting mat available.

I need 9 even strips to make a broomstick skirt to make the 4 layers of the skirt. The 1st layer will actually be 1.5 strips, the 2nd will be 2 full strips, 3rd layer is 2.5 strips and the bottom layer will consist of 3 strips. I'll take pictures and post them at some point when I'm done with the skirts. In the meantime, I still have a few threads to pull. I have almost enough to start sewing on 2 different skirts. If I'm not feeling enough better tomorrow to work on dehoarding or sorting or something else productive, I'll probably finish the skirts. Considering that I've been wanting to find time to work on these skirts for months now I should be happy that I finally found it.

Since the paint on the craft drawers was dry, I did fill them up with spools of ribbon and other craft stuff that didn't have a permanent home. And while some of the craft items I put in the drawers are still not in their permanent home, they are at least no longer sitting around in boxes or bags. It's a small improvement, but it is indeed an improvement.

I'll take it.


  1. Now you know that every tiny little bit of progress is exactly that. Progress.

    Besides, kicking yourself might hurt your leg. You don't need that, right?

  2. You're too hard on yourself. Yes, you're on a roll and want to keep going, but every little bit you do (INCLUDING the "small" jobs like you did today) counts. So even if you took time completely off for a few days, no one would blame you. You'd be entirely entitled to it. (Although I totally understand that you're on a roll and want to stay on that roll.)

  3. Oops, I said the "on a roll and wanting to keep going" twice. That's what I get for leaving halfway through typing out the comment. =]

  4. Lay low till you are feeling better ,pushing yourself will only make it worse in the long run .I would like to see pictures of those skirts when you are done

  5. Would love to see how the skirts turn out also. -J


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