Where have I been? A bit caught up with life messiness and other stuff, but trying to crawl out, slowly but surely. Many changes in my life and business that I may
will chronicle shortly, but I hope you are all well, happy, and excited for a weather change, wherever you are! (Unless you're in a place where your weather doesn't change... )
Inspired by a conversation with a sewing friend about swatching, I thought this information would be of benefit to the many who aren't already thinking this way.
|Example. NY Elegant Fabrics. Still in my wallet... MONTHS(?) later.|
Let's say you've gone to a fabric store and fallen in love with a certain fabric. The way it feels, stretches, and its color are just magical to you! Whether unable, unwilling, or uncommitted to buying yardage right away, you might have chosen to take a swatch. You've stroked it lovingly in your pocket for a few days/weeks/months, and now you feel you MUST go and retrieve it.
What store was that again? Now, where was that fabric? You tentatively stretch out your hand to reveal a mangled swatch to store staff, who shrug and show you something "close" (softly mumbling their annoyance to themselves). And now, even you're not sure if they've found the right one or not.
Then again, frankly, if even YOU can't remember it well enough, what difference does it make?
Well, it matters if you need MORE of something, or if you need to match something. So then, what do you do?
Okay... Unless it is wildly unusual...
And... really, don't be a swatch-hog! It truly is just a lovely courtesy these stores are willing to extend to help you make your purchasing decisions. Take swatches of only the things you are realistically considering. We'll all be better off, okay?