I miss fabric stores. Not craft stores. Not quilt stores.
I miss fabric stores.
I miss rows of linen fabric. I miss bolts of corduroy in thin to thick wale. I miss beautifully embroidered eyelets and border prints. I miss cotton velvets ... true ultra-suede .. and silks, not silky.
But most of all ......... I miss wool.
I live on the east coast of Iowa and I can find fantastic quilt shops with beautiful fabrics that make the cutest aprons. I can find every color/pattern of fleece known to man. And if I was so inclined to make formal wear, I could find acceptable fabric.
But wool ............... oh, how I miss wool.
The other day, I found a pattern that I didn't want to live without. I went on a search for fabric.
At one craft store, I asked if they had wool challis. They told me the wool was over there. I asked if they had rayon challis. And the middle aged clerk ... had no clue what I was talking about.
At the other so-called fabric store, I did find a selection of wool/ wool-blend fabrics. I found ONE 100% wool. The rest were wool blends.
Personally, I think it stretching it a bit to call it wool. The fabric I chose had 10% wool blended with the acrylic and polyester.
Yes, I am certain that flock of sheep was grazing in a pasture 2 miles from the Dupont plant and the air intake system took up 10% wool that had been scattered in the wind! :(
I wish that was unusual. It wasn't.
I miss wool.
I miss coordinates, I miss Pendleton. I miss tartans. I miss wool crepe, true wool suitings and wool knits. I miss hounds-tooth and checks and plaids and boucle's.
I searched .... and I searched. I would like to make a plaid skirt and a solid jacket .... out of 100% wool!!! Two coordinating fabrics. I asked for the impossible.
I miss fabric stores that have clerks that know fabric!!!
I miss wool.