For those that know me, realize that I have a creative passion, one that causes me to gravitate towards the variety of textures and colors in fabric and yarns. Yet, due to my desire to use up my “stash” of inspiration, I am trying to curb my creative lust for more fabric. In doing so, my drive is to enter a fabric store with caution and a list for what I might actually need to complete a project.
There are moments, most especially after being cooped up after an extended winter season, that a creative person has this need for creative inspiration. Sure, I could look through books, magazines, Pinterest and other avenues for inspiration, but there is something inside this creative seamstress that requires her to see the new colors and textures of new fabrics.
Last week, I had that “need” to see fabric bolts on rows and rows of shelves. I had gone through the online pattern catalog and decided to take advantage of a pattern sale at our local Joann’s, here in Concord, NH. In doing so, I rallied the support of my husband to tag along with me, otherwise he might need to send out a 911 call for a missing wife lost in the world of fiber.
What I discovered while in town was that Joann’s is now going through a major renovation. They are expanding!! Seriously, this could be a problem for all seamstresses and crafters in town! They now have at least twice as much floor space as before, moving fabric to the new section on the left, notions to the back and from my understanding making room for more craft items.
After a five-month fabric diet I found that there was an internal need to compliment two of the new patterns with a fabric purchase, selecting the most spring like purple and teal blue for a dress. And, so that my husband would not go without, I selected an amazing blue batik to make him a shirt with. I came home inspired and ready to prepare the fabric for sewing.
Today, after an appointment in town, I went in to pick up a zipper for the dress that I am making. Despite my fear of being tempted, I focused my attention on my goal, with a 50% coupon in hand, I did not get swayed towards the new fabric area. The fabric diet is back on track, inspired to use what I have in my stash.
Sewing is one of my creative passions, that provides me with a healthy dose of creative therapy. ~ Laura D. Field
~ Putting Threads to Fabric ~