Thursday, May 21, 2015

My Safe Place


This afternoon, the sanctity of my local JoAnn Fabric Store was destroyed by a gang of loud frat boys.  There were six of them terrorizing the fabric aisles.  


When I hear fellow customers asking questions like “how much yardage do I need?”, etc., my first impulse is to help - because, let’s be honest, the employees in a big box craft store are retail employees and generally have very  little knowledge of their wares.  This is not their fault, it's just the way it is.  And if I have the answer to someone’s question, I would like to help. 


I started to turn the corner to make a suggestion when the brutes started saying some very off-putting things.  Who knew being surrounded by fabric could be so threatening to someone’s masculinity?  I decided to retreat into the linen blend aisle and let them figure things out for themselves.


After a long and rather stressful day at work, I just wanted to zone out and look at floral prints and maybe wander through the aisles of beads or buttons.  But that was not in the cards . . .


As soon as I returned home, I pulled out this project.  The only noise to bother me was the chihuahua snoring on the other side of the couch . . . which is a sound that I find rather endearing!


11 comments:

  1. I am trying to imagine frat boys in JoAnn's.

    No, not happening. Grandmas with a frat boy in tow, yes. Teenaged girls in packs looking for shiny stuff, and that nasty rainbow clown lady, but...no.

    Glad you had chihuahua snoring to come home to.

    Any other noteworthy JoAnn's customers?

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    1. Everyone else in the store was just the usual suspects.

      My first thought was that it must be Halloween . . . but nope, way too early for that.

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  2. House of Fabrics in the late 1980's, he wanted to put velcro down the sides of his pants and make a tail. I was the lucky sales associate to help him. Also, one day a woman came in , sat down at the pattern book table and popped open a beer. She stayed until it was gone and left the can. This was in Glendale, California.

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    1. Using the pattern table as a bar - that’s a new one! I guess she had nowhere else to go?! I did have a glass of champagne in Britex a few years ago at a book signing . . .

      About 10 years ago I was in Jo Ann Fabrics and a couple approached me and wanted my thoughts on scissors. When I look up at the guy, he was missing teeth, sweating profusely, and had wounds all over his face in various states of scabbing over. Clearly, he was some kind of methamphetamine addict. If the thought of this guy with sharp objects was not enough make me want to run away, one of the wounds on his face started dripping blood onto his grubby white t-shirt while I was trying to extricate myself from the situation. He was very polite, but the blood splattering on his stained shirt right before my eyes was too much to take!

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  3. Perhaps it was part of some hazing ritual? Or maybe they were looking for muslin for making togas?

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  4. It's sad that I can relate 1. I had to show one of the Joann employee behind the cutting counter how to spread out and lay the fabric correct or it will be off grain. She frowned at me, and I said that lets me know you don't sew, if you did you would understand the "little mistake" you were about to make, would become a big one for me later. (the manger came over and said I was right and to do what I asked). 2. I get hit on by more guys at Joann's then any other place.....

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  5. Your reverse appliqué is so pretty. I haven't tried reverse appliqué because of making the stencils. Do you mind explaining how you did yours? what is yours made of?

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    1. I have some detailed info on the stencil here: http://www.lauramaedesigns.com/2015/01/arts-crafts.html

      The short answer is, photocopied design, craft spray glue, an xacto knife and some thick interfacing.

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  6. Love the color combo of your project. The handwork is so beautiful and meticulous.

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  7. Oh, gorgeous! I forgot (or didnt know) you were an AC fan. What do you think about her new book?

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