Fabric shopping for spring fabric...Yeah! December 20 2013
I haven't started counting the days until spring, but it's definitely on my mind. With Christmas only days away, it is probably getting too late to have anything arrive in time for Christmas unless you live in my neighborhood...but contact me if you want to give it a try!
So now is the time when I start looking ahead to the next season. For a manufacturing and retail business I am way behind. Somehow, even after fourteen years, it is hard for me to not live in the present. I understand that within a few weeks it will be more difficult to purchase a winter coat than a swimsuit at most of the major department stores. I get it...but it still seems a bit strange to me.
When the last Christmas cookie has been eaten (it won't be long) and the tree is no longer in the house but out back in the woods providing shelter for the critters it will be time to plan a shopping trip to New York. Not all the fabric I use is purchased in New York, but just enough to have an excuse to spend a day or two looking. I can view many fabrics online, from many different manufacturers, but it doesn't take the place of seeing and touching....so I go in search of them.
Very soon my little retail space will have a much different appearance. It is now filled with bags in rich, luxurious dark tones, just perfect for fall and winter. I tell my visitors that in the spring and summer it looks like a flower bed exploded in my shop, it is just so alive with vibrant color. And I can't wait! There will be florals, geometrics, stripes and plaids, and maybe I can even find a few solids this year. It is always difficult to narrow it down to eight to ten fabrics that I think will display nicely together and that I believe will be a hit with you, the one who will carry it by your side every day. But it sure is fun trying...and so the search begins!
Merry Christmas everyone!