What exactly is the difference between simply having a nice stash of patterns, hoarding patterns and collecting patterns? When I buy a pattern I almost always have the intention of actually use it at some point. I do realise however that it's unlikely that I will use each and every pattern I currently own! It's not quite excessive enough to call it hoarding though. We have all seen the tv shows with people hoarding heaps of stuff and it always make me feel a bit better about my own (relatively modest) stashes. Collecting has more to do with attempting to own a complete set of things, not necessarily meaning to use the items you're collecting. Like my small collection of vintage Embroidery Patterns. :)
Some of my vintage Embroidery Patterns
Sometimes I immediately use the sewing or cross stitch pattern I bought to make something (like recently the Staple dress) and more often than not I buy them just in case I might need an ingenious Totebag/cross stitch pattern of London/Tunic etc etc (please tell me I'm not the only one who does this?) A lot of the patterns are 'organised' in boxes like pictured above but what to do with PDF patterns I bought. My most recent pattern purchases are both PDF patterns, as many interesting patterns are these days, and I tend to print them as soon as I have received them. I am not a very tidy person when it comes to storing computer files though (or any files for that matter) and I'm afraid to lose track of the PDF's on my computer. Or lose all the patterns I bought when the computer crashes. So I'd love to know: how do you store your PDF patterns? Do you print them or store them on your computer? And if you print them what do you do with the printed patterns?