I've been in a funk lately and I turned to retail therapy for a temporary cure. I've mentioned several times that I have "family drama" going on. Perhaps one day I'll share some of the details. For now, let's just say eight years of this drama has worn me down and I just can't take it anymore. This is the first good cause for the fabric haul.
Twice a year, a local non-profit arts and crafts organization, at which I sometimes volunteer, sells donated fabric to raise money. For a total of $30, I got six pieces of poly-rayon wovens earmarked and tagged for Express, six wools (coatings and suit-weight), four double knits, a bunch of short-length knits perfect for making underwear, a single piece of cotton broadcloth, and a some lace trims and pieces. 100% of the proceeds goes to the non-profit. So in a sense I did a good thing, right? Sure I could have just donated the $30 to the organization and walk away with nothing since I really do not need any more fabric. Then again, see cause number one.
Here are the pieces that were created for Express. Each piece measures one meter and has a tag and information sheet from the textile manufacturer. The sheet lists the fiber content, washing instructions, lot number, and fabric name. The pieces are rayon-polyester-lycra blends with about 10% stretch across the grain.
I got six pieces of wool, but one piece will be given back to the organization. When I looked at it again, I noticed that it had a lot of short animal hairs. I tried to take some of it off, but it's a bigger job than I'm willing to undertake. The purple, black, and green fabrics are perfect for skirts. The tan fabric is a heavyweight coating, and the fabric on the far right is a knit boucle'.
These are the double knits. From left to right is rayon-poly-lycra, poly-lycra x 2, and wool-poly lycra. The middle two fabrics are quite stiff and will probably be used for skirts.
Thee next pieces are short lengths of knit samples, again from a textile manufacturer. At first I passed on these, but then I thought that these would be great for making underwear. Jalie 2568 only requires 3/8 yd of fabric and these samples are more than large enough. Plus, they're all cotton, rayon, modal, or some combination of the three.
Soooooo...yeah. Retail therapy has its ups and downs. I don't have any desire to acquire any more fabric for now. What I need is relief from the family issue.