the fabric of life
i've been out of the loop for a long time. when i'm not in a crafting/blogging phase i don't read other people's blogs at all, so i miss all the exciting developments. so i'm sure this is old news to the rest of the world but i'm still squeeing in delight over spoonflower and the possibilities it raises. i'll be interested to hear more about the inks and durability of the prints as per the comment on this post.
as my brain fizzed with excitement a realisation dawned: i'm not actually that interested in fabric for a purpose, my excitement comes from the fabric itself. i'm not full of ideas for prints that i just can't find in order to complete that perfect *insert FO here*. when i sew my joy comes from working with (and acquiring, natch) fabrics, rather than the construction of a garment. i suppose that's why quilting appeals to me so much, as it's the creation of a new fabric from existing ones. and why i love blankets and tea towels too - there's nothing standing between you and the fabric. i'm endlessly fascinated by the structure of fabrics, and the techniques and materials used to create them. (oh dear i feel the inevitable pull of a new weaving category again :D ).
so i think the urge to create fabrics for their own sake - to sit in my cupboard of cloth, neatly folded and beautifully co-ordinated - will be a strong one, that i will need to resist. but oh! the possibilities...