They now sell cheap costume jewellery, (yeah, including earring), vases and lots of faux fabrics. Found right beside the silk duponi table was a whole selection of faux silk duponi. I was not impressed with this polyester poser.
Is it just me or have you noticed a decrease in natural fibre fabrics and quality that is less than impressive? Or is this a Winnipeg phenomenon? And what is up with carrying non-sewing gadgets?
And then when I got to the cash register the store manager instead of ringing in my purchase makes a comment regarding the merchandise I picked out.
"I know," not looking up as I search through my wallet.
"The polyester thread is on sale," she pushes on.
"No thank you," I said as I unsuccessfully try to cut her sales pitch off.
"Well, the cotton thread is only 20% off," she adds.
"That's fine," I reply.
I can tell you that I do not find shopping at my local fabric store as enjoyable as in the past. The fabric that I find inspiring are few and far between. The fashion fabric labels that appear with man-made fibre content are over-populating the store shelves along with the appearance of "unknown content" stamped across labels where fibre contents used to be displayed.
As I waited in line to pay for my thread I looked around the store and just felt so sad. I miss the fabric selection of my past. Polyester made an appearance to the consumer in the early nineteen fifties but now it seems to have overtaken the floor space in one form or another. I miss the days of feeling silk noir between my fingers as I try to decide on the colour or the by-gone days of finding 100% linen or wool.
I come home and hold a little tighter to those precious gems that sit in my fabric stash wondering if I should cut into them.
Measure twice, cut once. Gather the remnants & ask what have you done. What have you done?
~Night Vale Radio~