This recently acquired habit for making samples has had an unexpected and most welcome side effect. Unlike most people who love textiles, I am the opposite of a hoarder (Patrick does enough of that for both of us), I don't have boxes of fabric crammed under the bed, on top of wardrobes, or under my desk, quite the opposite, I tend to throw everything away (and sometimes live to regret it). I still can't resist buying fabric though, but once I own it, immediately start fretting about what purpose it serves and whether or not I really need it! But making samples not only allows me to work out ideas and techniques, if made large enough, they are perfect for turning into little make-up bags for friends. Now, knowing it will be put to good use, I don't feel guilty about buying fabric. I even go off piste and buy fabrics I wouldn't normally choose for myself such as these bright and jolly bundles from Ray-Stitch.
However, I'm beginning to think that although samples do take up valuable space, I really should hang on to at least some of them so I have a record of my work. Photos are all well and good but you can't turn them inside out, or over, to see any hidden bits of construction. Perhaps samples are more useful than I like to admit and should be looked after, not destined for the bin.