I'm a person who works from home. As such, there is really no daily cameraderie with colleagues . . . no hanging around the water cooler to chat about how hot it is outside (or whatever it is people talk about around a water cooler) . . . no face to face sharing of ideas.
Is it just me, or is half the fun of going to the fabric store the inevitable chatting about sewing projects? I mean, sure . . . I love the time to stroll around and pet all the fabrics, but I've picked up a lot from the ladies behind those cutting counters.
Last night I drove over to the JoAnn near my house (my LQS is a little further away and doesn't have 40% off coupons - - which I had in ABUNDANCE yesterday) to pick up some bits and pieces for a few projects I have in the hopper. I found the most lovely pattern for a new sewing machine cover which I'm quite excited to start on, and I've got a purse and a little change purse in the works for my first "customer"! I practiced restraint with the fabric (for the most part - - I did pick up *one* half yard cut of a lovely print that I plan to make into a few pillows for my couch just to freshen things up a bit). Mostly I was just there for facings and fusibles, velcro, cording, etc.
It gave me a bit of time with the ladies.
|Ok . . . maybe not *these* ladies in particular, but pretty dern close. Image by Cushing via Flickr.|
I used to work at Hobby Lobby quite a few years ago in the Floral/Wedding department. This also meant that on odd nights I covered the Fabric department when they were short. Though I wasn't a sewer back then, and that job wasn't always a barrel of laughs (horrible boss, drama among the coworkers - - long story), I have many fond memories around that cutting table. My favorite thing was the woman who would inevitably come up with a question that I could not answer (remember how I said I was *not* a sewer back then?) and then one or more ladies who were hanging around the area shopping or waiting for the fabric to be cut would jump in with ideas: "You know what would be *perfect*? If you pulled that red out a bit and took some of this ribbon to tie it all together." Gasp . . . squeal . . . and then the exclamation, "What a great idea!!"
Is it any surprise that the sewing/crafting community is such an abundant group out in the blogosphere? We're a very social bunch.
What have you learned 'round the cutting counter?