Well June started off so well in the Stitching department ….
Abi’s Tree of Stitches is now up to and including Part 7
We determined Mystery Start #2 is actually Cross Eyed Kat’s Angle of Love
I stitched up an alternate version of Ink Circles’ Love Letters Celtic
And I started Fanta Cat’s Dragon Feathers Afghan
But then around mid month I got bit by an organising bug. With mum’s help, I went through all the boxes of stuff that came back from Perth and pulled out all the cross stitch stash. I admit it, I have SABLE (Stash Acquired Beyond Life Expectancy). Also with various house moves and whatnot I am rather disorganised.
So I’ve spent some time putting fabric in with the charts I’ve bought them for and updating my lust lists with threads still needed etc. OK I spent days doing this.
Again my Gen X Librarian experience kicks in and yet again I wish I had an electronic catalog / stock management database in which I can list all my inventory of stash (including where it is stored in the house) *and* where I can list all the materials required for each chart in my stash *so* I can see at a glance whether I have all the materials needed for a particular project and where all those bits are 🙂
I know there are some stitching inventory programs out there like Organised Expressions and Stash Can, but they only do the first part of the job; listing the inventory. And they do it badly – last time I looked none of those programs handled hand dyed threads or fabrics well or any companies beyond the major manufacturers.
Over the years, I’ve had a couple of IT-savvy friends offer to write a program but so far nothing has come of it – probably because this is a major project – not something that can be whipped up over a weekend. The scope of the project would stretch any friendship so I am not surprised and certainly bear none of them any ill will!
The final suggestion is to learn MS Access and design a database myself. This has always been at the back of mind for when I get the time. Well now I have the time, I simply don’t have the cognitive abilities 😦
So what does everyone else do? Or is this a first world problem and I should just give away all of my stash and go back to stitching one project at a time and then this would no longer be a problem for me?
Suggestions? Advice? Thoughts?