I am one person who practices many different crafts. At this moment, in my studio room (which is really just a glorified craft storage room) I have the tools and materials for:
This may not seem like a terribly big list, but keep in mind that it doesn’t even include reading, gardening, cooking, or gaming. Or movies. Or, you know, a social life.
It does, however, include two sewing machines, three spinning wheels, a charkha, a yarn winder, a drum carder, two swifts and a ball winder, two smallish looms, a wall of yarn and fiber, several huge bins and a closet of fabric, sewing patterns, cross stitch and embroidery patterns, bins of old drawings, art supplies, beads, wire, pliers, knitting needles, crochet hooks, somewhere in the vicinity of 25 spindles, a bin of UFOs, cones of weaving yarn, a dress form, three human-shaped artists’ manikins (plus a horse version), a sewing table, and two or three bookcases’ worth of art and crafting books. (That last does NOT include my normal reading, cooking, and research books–that stuff is downstairs.) And don’t forget to mention the dozens of baskets, bins, shelves, storage cubes, and bags that CONTAIN all this stuff.
It may be time for a bit of a destash and a lot of soul-searching to cut one or more of these things out.
How does one break up with a craft? And how does one get over the feeling of ‘but I might need this someday’? For a crafter, that is a very real sentiment. All of my crafts overlap with each other, so it might not be as easy as getting rid of one thing and all its accoutrements. For instance, yarn does triple duty with knitting, crochet, and weaving–not to mention that it might have first been handspun. So getting rid of yarn is right out. You see my dilemma?
It would be awesome if I could find a way to put it all together and put it all away. I am approaching crafter’s gridlock because I can’t access everything at all times, meaning when inspiration strikes for one craft, I’m prevented from acting on it.
How do you deal with polycraftism? Do you have any suggestions for me? Put ‘em in the comments!