Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Addicted To Fabric

One of the reasons I cleaned my studio on the weekend was because the fabric was starting to pile up on the floor. I'd not only pulled a bunch of pieces off the shelves and not put them back, I'd also not shelved recent purchases and I wasn't entirely sure I could fit all the fabric on the shelves... and that's my agreement with myself. I'm only allowed as much fabric as the shelves will hold.

Several years ago I read Gabor Maté book In The Realm Of Hungry Ghosts about the nature of addictions, why we are prone to them, and how to liberate ourselves. In it, he gives an example from his own life regarding his addiction to classical music that resonated. I am addicted to fabric, especially quality fabric on sale. I have the hardest time walking by all that potential and it's only by setting limits on myself that I don't truly have a fabric store in my studio, just a rather large collection.

And, like any addict, I have friends with the same addiction. Where Caroline lives, there is one quilt shop and no fabric stores. She is still doing some quilting but has mostly switched to sewing fashions so it works for her - sort of - but not really. Mostly she stocks up when she's down south which means we also bought fabric on our play day together.





This piece is a knit. I was attracted to the mix of colors and the 70% off price tag and it wasn't until I took this picture that I noticed the skull or the words. A skull ? ? ? That really doesn't seem like me so I'm debating whether I can live with them or whether to figure out how to cut around them. Plus I need to find and figure out all the words. I'd hate to be walking around wearing some phrase I'd rather not wear although they are quite subtle and someone would have to be up close and personal to be "reading" my fabric. Too funny.





With my love for paisley, this piece didn't have a hope of staying in the store. It's a knit, slightly embossed, with a wonderful drape like a heavy ponte. I bought two and a half meters since I'm not sure what I want to make from it.





There's something about the blue and lime that I really like but flowers ? ? ? What's with this sudden attraction to flowers? It's a cotton polyester blend with a waffle weave. And I see it as pants. Pants ? ? ? Do you think they'd be aging on a woman my age with my hips?





The colors of this last piece remind me of a sunset. It's a knit, very similar to two pieces I've already sewn - one into a top and one into a dress - which makes me think I'll enjoy wearing it as much. The gold/rust colors - like the red in the floral I'm working with now - are not typical colors for me. Apparently, I'm testing new possibilities.

Yesterday, I read most of the day. Today, I really need to finish that dress so I'll have something to share tomorrow. Hopefully, that's enough of a push. Perhaps once I get started, the mojo will continue to flow. Wouldn't that be nice.

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - friends that share addictions

16 comments:

  1. Oh gosh that last fabric - LOVE. You've got some good picks there. I like the skull fabric :)

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    1. LOL - I walked by that fabric a few times debating the "unusual to me" colors and finally decided to go for it. There's just something about the mix that draws you in. We'll see what happens with the skulls. It would be fun to see who notices them.

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  2. Please repeat three times: "I am allowed to like flowers." After several years of wearing mainly solids or muted patterns, I've gone wild for vibrant prints...the heart knows what the heart wants. As for the skulls, those are happy skulls, reminding you to live a little. :-) The paisley is a find, what gorgeous fabric. And as for floral pants, think like the French: some clothes you wear because they are slimming (or classic or whatever); others you wear simply because they make you happy. All those new-to-you choices represent Possibilities.

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    1. what a gracious, life-affirming perspective.........

      and Myrna, does this mean you'll be sticking to button shopping in Portland? ;) ... my yoga class is in the same building as the Button Emporium, and I chuckled when I walked by it this morning.

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    2. I am allowed to like flowers. I am allowed to like flowers. I am allowed to like flowers. BUT... it is rather strange to see them showing up all of a sudden. I do agree with that French perspective and of course the best mix of all is clothing that makes you happy and slims. Possibility is exactly the reason why I'm addicted to fabric. It's so amazing what it can become; the myriad of shapes.

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    3. Jean - Sigh... oh no... I'll be buying fabric. I can't help myself and there will be far different choices at the workshop and in Portland than there are here at home. I will - LOL - have to clean some shelves. Perhaps if I sew down the stash somewhat that could help or at least pack it in tighter. How many times a week do you walk past the Button Emporium? Is that an irresistible draw?

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    4. 2 times a week! And I am a model of self-control, amazingly enough (no one is more surprised than I). My rule is to go in there only when I am specifically looking for buttons for a work in progress. Otherwise..................

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  3. I totally understand this addiction since it's one I share. I do own my own fabric store so keeping it under control is as important! Interesting fabric choices...I'm sure you will make them work!

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    1. LOL - or they will look very pretty on the shelves adding a touch of color. Some fabric get a lot of time to ripen.

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  4. The changes in your fabric choices are interesting! The blue/lime flowers would make great pants, not aging at all, especially if you choose accessories with care. But that can be said about almost any fabric, except maybe that that skull/car fabric. It would be hard to push that one into "old lady" territory :-) . I'd love to see more of it! I keep finding things - shoe, cats-eye glasses frames, the thought bubble for the skull, is that a halter top behind the skull?, a 45 rpm record, another skull way at the top left and another shoe? Very Interesting Fabric!

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    1. OH MY GOODNESS - I didn't see all that. I need to look at that fabric a whole lot more carefully. I bought it purely for the colors and really didn't look closely - obviously - which I probably should do in the future or who knows what I'll be wearing. Too fun. Thanks for pointing these out.

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    2. Is there an Elvis in there somewhere? For some reason, I'm thinking this is an off the wall tribute to Elvis Presley, although didn't he prefer convertible Cadillacs? At least I *think* those are Cadillac cars....

      Maybe it's that dark spot in the lower right - it looks like Elvis hair to me this morning. Or maybe it's the lack of coffee.

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    3. LOL - I'll take some more pictures for tomorrow. Now I'm finding all kinds of things but I'm not sure I totally understand the theme. There are words too.

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  5. Oh my. I love the skull/glasses/shoe fabric! Where did you find it? If you left any there I may have to drive to wherever to acquire some. Please let there be some left.

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    1. I got it at the Fabricland in Vernon and there was some left on the bolt. I'm not sure they'd recognize the description if you called but maybe. It was either 60 or 70% off. I can't remember which.

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    2. Off to Vernon Thursday! Thanks a lot for getting back to me so quickly!

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