Monday, September 04, 2006

I'm a fabric girl

On one of the sewing sites, Stitchers Guild, my avatar is a shot of several pieces of fabric that I used for a SWAP. I think this picture depicts the essence of my creative nature.

Since my computer was and still is ill, I spent one day last weekend reorganizing my fabric closet. Well let a true fabricaholic spend time with her fabric collection and a couple of emotions will emerge:
  • happiness - because the collection brings you such joy and some pieces are treasured "old" friends.
  • astonishment - because no matter how much you think you know what's in your collection, there is always more there than you remember!
  • inspiration - just being amongst such a wide variety of color, print, texture and fabrications definitely inspires you to want to create something really special.
  • and finally resolve - to stop adding new friends and to make some wonderful creations with the friends that are presently in your collection.

However, fabric can inspire me to create all on its own. Fabric triggers something in my creative psyche that catapults me into another creative dimension that a design idea alone doesn't quite do!

So I have pulled a few pieces from my fabric closet that I hadn't thought of recently. Then I mixed them with some other pieces in ways that I hadn't thought of before. Finally, I let them visit with each other for a few days. Occasionally, I would walk by and touch them. Sometimes I would just nod to them in passing but slowly and surely the fabric combinations were telling me what they wanted to become. And I came to the realization that as much as I study design and silhouttes, when I "play" with fabric combinations...when I really "listen" to what my fabric is saying, that is when I end up with my most spectacular garments!

Because.....I'm a fabric girl!


  1. I know just how you feel, 'cause I'm a fabric girl too! Can't wait to see what you've come up with this time.

  2. Isn't amazing how inspired you get when you go through/organize your stash. I am also in the process of reorganizing my stash. Two weekends ago I redid my stash catalog and now I have all my fabric stash spread out on my son's bedroom floor (while he is away at Marine boot camp). I agree with all the emotions going through your stash brings forward, however, the one that is hardest to deal with is resolving to not add anymore friends. Even though one is well intentioned, sometimes an incredible fabric appears when you are not looking for it--it may be just the perfect coordinate for something already in your stash or it may be something you just can't live without.

  3. Hey Girl!I am really heartened by the fact that there are so many women out there who sew... and sew WELL. I too absolutely love my fabric stash and have given up the need to justify making 'just one more purchase'. I do so love sewing and fabrics,I think that it is a blessing to know what you love and be able to pratice it not just as a 'hobby, but as a soul satisfying passion!

  4. I always said that I would not stash fabric but as of late, I've been amassing a great deal. I guess it's contagious!


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