In the past year, I have bought some fabric, ok, a LOT of fabric, and I haven’t really kept track of what I bought. To make matters worse, whenever I started cutting into a piece, I usually cut out the selvage containing the name/collection/designer of the fabric (I do keep selvages for some future project though). This means that I wouldn’t be able to name most of the fabrics I have used in the last year. Thankfully nobody has asked for such information yet but I would like to be prepared if somebody asks or if I ever need to find additional yardage of any piece.
To that effect, I am going to keep a record of incoming fabric (before pre-washing) using my trusted memory in the cloud : Evernote. I have been using Evernote extensively for the last year for many purposes : recipes found in magazines, essential info like family insurance details, passport numbers or hoover bag reference numbers… I also record project ideas, fabric wish lists (especially for future releases) and to-do lists for various things. All that information is sync’ed with my iPhone through the Evernote app so everything is available on the go.
The plan is to take a picture of every piece of incoming fabric with my iPhone, to create a note with it in Evernote, recording the details of the fabric, the yardage bought, the year of purchase, its major colours and its shop of origin. That way, I will be able to easily track down info on a piece of fabric. That’s the plan anyway.
So I have just started the process with the shipment from Hancock’s of Paducah that arrived this week. Here is what it looks like in Evernote :
or as a Thumbnail view :
I love Evernote ! I will check back in a few weeks to report on how this tracking is working. And before you ask, no, I will not follow that process for the fabric I bought last year, life is too short ! I won’t really keep track of fabric usage either – too much work !
Do you keep track of your stash ? How ?