What do you do when your husband has to work on weekend? you shop. That’s right my friend, I am going to remove the stash busting button from this blog because I just went fabric shopping this weekend. I was taking a break from crouching and hunching in my sewing room (I don’t have a cutting table) when I discovered “Fabrics R US” in San Jose via Yelp. I didn’t realize there’s a fabric heaven 10 miles away from my apartment.
So, I took my car key and dashed off to that heaven and voila, this was what I discovered
times three. My jaw dropped when I discovered that it occupies three lots in that strip mall, but they are not next to each other, weird huh? There were mountains upon mountains of fabrics in the three stores. One of them had mostly home dec fabrics and the other two were apparel fabrics plus notions and trims.
I was so excited because everything is $2/yard and 4% off if I paid cash, isn’t it great? Then my excitement dwindled as I realized they carry mostly polyester fabrics. There were some wool but not of high quality and cotton was rare. The other thing is that the owner and employees spoke mostly Vietnamese and very little english, so it was hard to communicate. Worse yet, most of them were not knowledgeable about fabric materials. Regardless, I managed to bring home $18 worth of fabrics and I scored a $1 for 8 buttons for my top (will show you later). Though the fabrics are a little disappointment, that store is great for trims and notions. The lace, zipper and button selection is outstanding.
An aisle of polyester haven
Walking out a little disappointed, I decided to pay a visit to Bobbin’s Nest Studio, which was on my way home anyway. This is my absolute favorite craft store in the entire Silicon Valley. They carry knitting, sewing, and embroidery supplies. The ambiance is so chic and parisian and I am on a first name basis with people there.
Everything is so neatly organized and nicely decorated compared to “Fabrics R US”, where things are jumbled together. Remember that scene from Sex and the City when Carrie and Samantha bag shopping out of a car trunk in LA? that was the kind of feeling I had at “Fabrics R US”. On the contrary, shopping at Bobbin’s Nest makes me feel like I am in Paris. The store is decorated with shabby chic kind of couch where you can sit down, browse, knit and have a cuppa. I managed to bring home summer knitting pattern Make it Modern and Colette Pattern’s Rooibos
Anyway, long story short, here is the damage
Except the black and white checkered fabric, everything else is from this weekend
Immediately, I plan to turn these