Monday, June 30, 2014


The stash of my hand-dyed fabric experiments has been stored in one ever-growing jumbled pile.  It required a ridiculous amount of time to preview and locate a piece of interest to work with! 
 Fiber Junkie member Denny has such innovative methods to store her studio materials (I blogged about it here).  I adapted her idea of organizing smaller pieces of special fabrics by purchasing an over the door shoe rack.

Though....imagine my surprise when it was delivered in this small box....gulp...I definitely do not excel at assembling items!
 Actually, it was fairly straight forward.....3 plastic sections snapped together making one side and rods were then fitted into the provided holes.
 My helper "Sooty", our black lab rescue dog, watches in amazement as the second side was snapped into place.
 Next it was placed on the inside of my studio closet door. The bars closest to the door are fixed, the others are not.  It would have been better if I could have found a product where the bars were closer together.  The interesting thing is that the rods have a coating that is somewhat rough.  This positive feature helps to assure the fabric doesn't slip off (especially the really small pieces)  BUT, it does make it a little more difficult to remove them as well.
 Not visible in the photo are all piles of stuff stored on the floor...which had to be reorganized and pared down in order to now get the door closed.  Viewing the mess on the get the picture anyway!
I under estimated just how much fabric required not all the fabric fit. I found it was too difficult to see what was hung in the back when I placed anything but quite small pieces on the outer bar. However, having better access to these fabrics will be beneficial and it was worth the $20 investment.

How do you store your small speciality fabric pieces? 


Nancy said...

With the two bars, it looks like a lot of good storage space. Well done. "Assembly required" is a little like "quilt as desired"! My storage solution for smaller pieces of a kind is the tote bag one. You can't see anything, but at least they're all together. Tote bags (of which I have many) are always handy until a really good way to store comes along.

The Inside Stori said...

Well said....and thank you for the reminder....I truly forgot all about using tote bags...great suggestion!

Kay Koeper Sorensen said...

My solution for storing the small pieces is on this blog post:
Scroll to the 5th picture and there they are. Not as visible as your solution, but I can see enough to tell what they are.

Robbie said...

I just stopped dyeing fabric! HA...I'm still using the old 'bins' which are nice for storage but hard when you want to find "just that right piece of fabric". I like this idea too!!! Nice job, Mary! Now you only need about four more doors!