I've had a lifelong love affair with fabric, and I really think that my love of fabric is what got me started sewing. As a beginning sewist, I would l wander the fabric store aisles with lust in my heart and big plans on my mind. I often bit off more than I could chew and had much more fabric than I could stitch up.
At a certain point, I had to be careful about walking into fabric stores because I just didn't have any more room for fabric.
But there always comes that time when the fabric lies in wait and springs on you when you least expect it. That's exactly what happened to me when I walked into an antique mall recently.
I was there scouting out a chair for a photo shoot. I found the chair, sent the images over to the art director, and waited to hear back.
That was some fateful time on my hands. I wandered into one corner of the house of treasures and there it was: a stack of vintage bark cloth, just looking at me like, "Hello."
Now, I have one rule about fabric: I never, never, EVER pass up vintage bark cloth. First of all, I just don't come across it that often. Second, I am a complete sucker for it. Whenever I see bark cloth, visions of scatter pillows and full, gathered skirts start dancing in my head.
You will be glad to know the restraint that I showed. The fabrics looked to be 1940s or 1950s upholstery swatches from a long-gone fancy showroom on Fifth Avenue in New York City.
I swear that fabric was stalking me. I had no choice. I only bought 3 panels and I have absolutely no idea what I will do with it.
For now, I'm just happy to look at it adoringly.
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Do you have a story of a fabric love affair to share? Do tell!