by Debbie Vechter
Yes, I admit it. I am a fabric-aholic. I love fabric and I’m so
attracted by the colors, the patterns, the feel of the fabrics and
more, I swear that every time I pass a bolt of fabric I can almost
hear it calling to me.
To make matters even worse, the variety of fabrics available for
purchase online seem endless. Everything you could possibly imagine
is available in every imaginable color, texture and pattern. In a
matter of a few hours (yes, I say hours, because I spend hours
lovingly examining all the online swatches) I can literally look at
hundreds of fabric swatches at any given time and never get bored.
Did you know that oftentimes just by clicking on the swatch shown on
the monitor screen that you can get a nice big sample of fabric to
look at? How wonderful is that? And how difficult is it to resist
purchasing everything? Naturally, for those of us who do purchase
online, we have our favorite websites, but how come I have to have so
darned many favorite fabric websites? And they all seem to have sales!
Seriously, what fabric-aholic could pass up such unbelievable savings
that you get at such sales? HELPPPPP! My disposable income is being
disposed of very rapidly!
In a previous article, I mentioned how I had turned my daughters
bedroom (after she moved out of course) into my sewing studio. The
wonderful large walk-in closet which seemed so spacious when I first
moved into the room soon began to shrink. I don’t know what happened
to all the room in the closet! Now the shelves are full ~ yes, even
groaning under the weight of the fabrics ~ silks, cottons, tapestries,
twill, charmeuse, draperies ~ you name it! Not to mention notions,
hoops, stabilizers and more.
I also have see-through plastic storage ‘towers’ filled with all types
of threads! Cottons, polyesters, rayons. The array of thread colors
is vast and just looking at all the fabulous threads and thread colors
makes me feel happy. I’m sure that every fabric-aholic is also a
thread-aholic (a.k.a.: cross-over addiction) I know I am. After all,
isn’t it true that we NEED thread to go with all our wonderful
fabrics? Of course it is! And to preserve the integrity of the thread
we NEED the storage bins – right? Again, yes!
My point? That you are not alone. You are in good company as a matter
Well, I guess it’s time for me to go and spend time in the closet: to
admire, touch, smell the fabric and dream up more projects. The
creative juices begin stirring. Finally, when the decision is made, I
begin my next creative project. This is extreme fun! I admit it!
Guilty as charged! I am a fabric-aholic, but I’ll bet that if you’re
reading this, you’re one too! Care to join me? ;0)