Whenever I decide to de-clutter, reorganise and refine my space, at home or in the studio, it seems to attract more stuff into my life!!! Does this happen to you?

I  feel an impulse to be ruthless and get rid of the items I haven’t used for a long while, eg skein winder, umbrella swift and rayon yarns(which are still with me, by the way).  now I think that  equipment may be useful in the future, and it is the materials that need to be used up and ‘processed’ or passed on to other people who can use them.

I am involved in  transition town brixton which is about recycling, re using materials and managing resources  so as to have Zero Waste ,to put to good use space available to Grow Food, and measures that can be taken to Conserve Energy and Heat , which after last winter and the financial crisis, people are more conscious of their rising fuel bills and ready to adopt. The ethos is that everything gets put to good use, to become as self sufficient as possible. i suppose the old adage ‘waste not,want not’ is key here.

This is my own realisation that i want  to adopt these principles in my own home and studio management , so have a productive and Zero Waste studio !

So Watch this space and see how I get on.(and wish me luck!)

Published by Maggie Winnall

Hello, I'm Maggie, I am an artist who writes in fabric and thread, stitching the 'text' into textiles and colour into quilts..... You can read more on my About page at

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