Sunday, March 04, 2007

Spunky Spools

Spunky Spools
Originally uploaded by misseskwittys.
Ok---time for the truth to come out (I'm sure many of you have guessed this already, but I need to say it out loud). I am a fabric-o-holic. Yup *shakes head with shame*. There, it's out! lol I cannot drive past a fabric shop without stopping in. I try to limit myself to fat quarters unless I have a specific project that I am shopping for. I am the same way with buttons! I haunt thrift and antique shops for buttons and find it very hard to part with them once I have them. Oh, some of the newer buttons or ones that I find a whole package of, I can part with those. But not the beautiful old ones. When I find a really wonderful and obviously expensive old button, I often imagine where it came from--was it sewn onto a special outfit to be included in a bride's trousseau, or a special party dress, or something wonderful that was worn in some particular historical event. As if that is not bad enough--antique linens! I have an old suitcase (isn't that appropriate?) full of old tablecloths, pillowcases, dresser scarfs, and lovely old hankies. I can't bring myself to do anything with them because I love them too much to cut them up or ruin them in any way. I use a lot of them around my house, but you can only really put out so many without feeling like you are living in a textile museum or something! I rotate them in and out of the suitcase so they don't just sit in there unused and unforgotten. Some have stains or small tears or holes, but that doesn't make me love them any less. I get out my suitcase and go through them every now and then--I just am amazed with the fine stitching of those unseen women, many who are gone now --and how they would put so much time and effort into an everyday object, just to make it pretty. I guess that is what we do, even today, but it is so much easier for us. We have basically unlimited resources--so many fabrics to choose from, floss in every color imaginable right at our fingertips, patterns that we just have to iron-on, etc. OK, I guess that is enough for now--I don't want you all to know the FULL extent of my illness, LOL. I take some comfort in the fact that at least I use some of the items--and I try and make beautiful things to share with others. Who knows, maybe some day a woman will find one of my items and pick it up and wonder about me.


Amber said...

THAT is a fantastic post! What a lovely sentiment.

I love fabric and buttons too...and BEADS...oh! ;) I have so many beads I don't know what to do with myself...and I could just keep buying and buying them!

Jenn Maruska said...

That is a really sweet post - I think many of us can relate.

Esp. with the buttons. I always buy vintage buttons thinking of all the ways I'll use them - and then can't part with them once they are mine : )

And I have a couple pieces of fabric that now make me WISH I could go back in time and buy a few more yards...

Anonymous said...

I enjoyed your post a lot.

Do you get overwhelmed & dizzy in big fabric stores?
Do you save all your scraps thinking you can use them for something sometime?
Do old buttons make you giddy?
If you can say yes to at least one of these questions, congratulations you are indeed a fabric(and button)-o-holic!

joyce (beeblecat)

Mrs.Kwitty said...

Thanks all!! It does help to know that others are in the same boat! I guess it's because we are passionate people--and we have a passion for our art and craft--right?....right?


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