I’m Barb and I’m a fabric hoarder.Β 

One of the 3 shelves holding fabric. This one is being organised, a loty of fabric waiting to go home.

Time to for spring cleaning, thin out all the unused junk & clutter from the last year.! It is so hard to get rid of perfectly good things. Things that I like but never used, p say that if you haven’t used  a thing in a year, throw it out. You don’t need it. My answer to the  is “Pasha” .Have they never heard of collectors?

Ouch, it’s painful to part with things that you like, but do take up space. There is one thing, I simply cannot bear to part with, you guessed it, my  fabric. 

It all started innocently enough, my first trip to a quilt shop. I walked around dazed by what I saw. The colors, design and beauty overwhelmed me. I wanted it all, I had no idea how to make a quilt, but acquiring it was enough for now. If you’ve never experienced this, be assured that quilting fabric is quite different than any fabric you have seen in a regular fabric store. I’m not attempting to throw rocks at standard fabric stores they have pretty fabric too, often at a very reasonable price I’m simply telling you why I have formed such an attachment to my fabric..

For example what fabric available in a standard fabric shop is designed by specific designers known for their exquisite designs? Designers with a following? Quilter’s  eagerly awaiting their latest line to debut. This is couture fabric. The patterns are sharper, crisper, the colors richer and the designs are so beautiful that they are more art than fabric. They are  different as night is from day.

 This fabric was art. I bought lots of fabric, I fell in love with everything.  I couldn’t possibly  use it all, but it was so beautiful.

I began to accumulate fabric, so much, that it began to fill  every nook & cranny. I filled plastic rectangular storage boxes. Each one over filled, with lids placed and stacked.

We covered the walls of the sewing room with shelves of  neatly folded stacked fabric, arranged  by color and type; baby fabrics, batiks, floral, solids ec ..it was a thing of beauty, soon the fabric and shelves begin to expand. The shelves overflowed to the hallway beyond. More shelves with

neatly folded and stacked fabric on them. I think I have s  problem , do you suppose there are support groups for people like me? 

“Hello my name is Barbara, and I’m a fabricaholic”.

 

 

 

 

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Published by Barbara Harms Fiber Art

About Myself & My Approach Art has always played a role in my life, in one form or another. by my teens I had narrowed my focus to painting. I decided I was going to become a serious painter. I joined the Las Vegas Artist's Guild at 15, the youngest member at that time. I was completely out of place, I tried to go unnoticed, a mute fly on the wall, with a big smile pasted on my face. I've continued to paint most of my life. After a move to Oregon years later, I was introduced to quilting and fell in love. I was introduced to quilting & fell in love. In time I missed the creative freedom painting made possible. Then I discovered mixed media fiber art, I was home. MY APPROACH TO ART It's the creative process that holds the greatest attraction for me. Starting with a tiny seed of an idea; vague and blurred around the edges, I follow where that leads. There are often many changes and adjustments along the way. The result can often be surprizing. My approach is an instinctual one. Generally, I do little pre-planning. I make creative decisions, choices, directions as they present themselves. This approach can lead to quite a few changes in the direction. I love that element of surprize! Sometimes I have one that I especially like, I can't wait to show someone. At that moment l feel like a six year old, running home from school, a drawing in hand, excited to show Mom. At those times. I'm smiling like the Cheshire cat. I’ve had some of my work published in several magazines. which is exciting. But the most gratifying thing is having clients be really happy with their purchased art quilt. Word press https://barbaraharmsfiberart.com Etsy shop-sales https://barbaraharms.com Contact: inquiry barbaraharmsfiberart@icloud.com.com Personal Links

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