You're in the fabric store and can't remember what's in your stash.
So what happens in that case? There's a bunch of outcomes
- you buy a few cones of thread / patterns only to discover that you now have more than enough of them (while having excess thread in a given color might eventually be solved through using it up, having duplicate patterns means you just incurred something you'll eventually want to destash, i.e. give away or trade for something more useful)
- you remember a pattern for a project you want to make and buy fabric without knowing how much fabric exactly you need (this means either having excess fabric you didn't need or ending up short on fabric and cursing)
- you decide not to shop because you don't want to take the risk
So, now you're
- in the fabric store,
- get out your smart phone to check
- whether you can use the item,
- how much fabric you need,
- what colorways of a particular thread are depleted, and
Yet, while there seem to be several Android and iOS apps that claim they do let you do exactly that, very few people seem to use these apps.
So why aren't these existing apps welcomed with open arms, smiling faces and all that?
I have to admit that I haven't studied these applications in detail, I just browsed a few websites. And the impression I get is the following:
The applications are either
- really basic, free and appear tedious to use, or
- come with their own database that is maintained by the provider of the application and cost a good bit of money.
I believe that
- the center piece of a good stash management application is a shared database of patterns, fabrics, notions, thread
- without such a database, entering all the data about your stash becomes a chore - and people would constantly repeat recording the same data in different ways
- this database needs to be user-maintained
- only when the database allows users to add and edit entries, there's a chance we can keep up with the influx of new items while keeping the stash management tool free to use for everyone
I'd be totally interested in hearing why you do or don't use existing stash management applications - and, in particular, which ones you've tried.