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« Reply #330 on: April 26, 2007 09:56:35 PM »

... I just bought about one hundred dollars' worth of miscellaneous (but cheap!) fabric last Friday... the most expensive was this gorgeous embroidered white linen...
Anyone have any ways to stop freaking out about possibly ruining some gorgeous fabric and just use it? That's the main reason my fabric collection is just growing and growing... I'm too afraid to ruin my pretty babies. Thanks!
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« Reply #331 on: April 26, 2007 11:01:39 PM »

Right there with you!  I am scared until I get a dressform (For myself and my daughter)  That things will be um misplaced, so I won't cut certain lucious things until then...  You are in the same lovely boat, I guess.   Angry  Grrr... I am ready too, but little too cut.   Undecided
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« Reply #332 on: April 26, 2007 11:15:53 PM »

Ok so I'm not the only one.
I walk past a fabric store on my way home from work (well... its not really on my way, its a 30min detour, but thats on my way right?) its not a really good fabric store and the new manager is a girl I used to work with and I dont think she likes me that much... I have a million otherreasons not to go in... but I cant help it, its like an irresistible force... I must buy more fabric, embellishments, notions... and I dont have the right colour thread to take in hubby's pants - thats a good reason right? RIGHT? ahhhhhg?Huh

help...its beyond my control... Embarrassed
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« Reply #333 on: April 27, 2007 03:00:24 PM »

I put this in an earlier post, but the way to lose your fear of ruining "the good stuff" is to do trial runs in cheap horrid fabric that you don't care about, make your mistakes and sort them out, then repeat (without mistakes!) in the better fabric.  You may even be able to use the first one as a lining.
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« Reply #334 on: April 27, 2007 05:01:19 PM »

  Oh god I just started working at Joanne's today someone save me from myself....... but touching all those soft fabrics all day was like heaven everyone keeps laughing at me when I tell them that Sad

  LOL I talked to my boyfriend while writing this and he told me I'm not allowed to go shopping at Joanne's without him there to control me. I think I may actually agree to that just because I don't want to spend ALL my money on fabric after all I need to save some to go buy shoes too Wink hehe
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« Reply #335 on: April 28, 2007 03:16:12 AM »

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Oh god I just started working at Joanne's today someone save me from myself.......

When I got my job at a local fabric/craft store my husband just said that it was about time I got paid for the amount of time I spent in there.  He did expect some of my pay to make it home though. 
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« Reply #336 on: May 10, 2007 12:19:51 AM »

JoAnn's is the worst place to work if you actually want to make some money... *laughing* ...and if you're trying to cut back on fabric addictions...
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« Reply #337 on: May 10, 2007 05:30:55 AM »

I've been good so far I've had money for like five days now and I only spent 7 dollars on fabric yesterday and that was because with all the discounts it went from 10 bucks a yard to 3.50 a yard. I luff my employee discount Cheesy and its this beautiful brocade fabric too which I've been meaning to get for awhile for a pattern I have.
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« Reply #338 on: May 10, 2007 02:40:39 PM »

My name is Edel and I am a total fabric addict. the biggest room in my house is the craft room/library, I have not one but two tables to work on, one for fabric, one for paper as I am a very sloppy worker and the paint and glue tend to wander when I get started.

I kid you not but I have hundreds of metres of fabric, including about 10 half rolls of fabric, (but I got them cheaply!) thats my problem if its cheap I have to buy it becuase of course its not going to last at that price.

Of course I am totally justified in my addiction!!! I live in Ireland where fabric prices are insane so whenever I travel I have to check out the fabric shops and of course bring home anything that is on sale, so the fabric in my stash is from Australia (when I lived there and moved back here I shipped home a lot of fabric...yes shipped home...on two seperate occasions....lots of fabric) enroute to australia there were a few trips to craft stores in SF, the frequent trips to London and mysteriously a few (many) metres of fabric found their way into my luggage.

then there was craftster...and swaps, personal swaps for the most divine fabrics (stuff I just cant get my hands on at all) joy of joys when beautiful fabric finds its way into my mail box.

I have fabrics in my stash that I've bought over 15 years ago!! I do have that problem with cutting into fabric that I love, its not fear of screwing it up as my skills are good and I am usually confident that I can make most things, its that with a really beautiful piece of fabric, I worry that I'm not making the right thing, that I'll regret the thing that I've made and wish I'd made something else.

but Ive recently been buying lots of vintage sheets, curtains etc from thrift shops so my fabric supply is getting out of hand so I have to go on a serious sewing binge, sewing big things, perhaps castle cosys or something, its about the only thing that will make a dent in my supplies.


and lets not get started on the craft/paint/dye/button/paper stashs

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« Reply #339 on: May 23, 2007 11:10:07 AM »

Dealing with my addiction?
You mean as in shop for more, right?  Wink

I usually try to only buy fabrics from the left-over stashes (2euro a piece, usually about 1.5meters long) and supplies I really need badly.
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