Thursday, January 20, 2011
Save the Uglies
Do we all do this? Buy fabric with joy and enthusiasm and get it home and wonder, "What was I thinking?" Or even this... We buy fabric for a special project and when we start putting the project together and find that it just doesn't work? Or something else works better? Now we have these bits (or worse yet - huge lengths) of fabric or yardage sitting around gathering dust. This particular photo is one such fabric. Luckily, I didn't buy any. It's on the clearance link at fabric.com. It's called "Snow Much Fun Paisley Chocolate". I love paisley. And I love chocolate. But when I see this fabric it reminds me of little amoebas on the loose. REALLY glad I didn't buy this one.
Anyway, now there's a solution to the ugly fabric problem. justabitfrayed has started a campaign to "Save the Uglies" and has a giveaway on her blog to win an "ugly kit" (or you can purchase one for $5) and a competition for the best project using the fabrics in the kit.. And of course, there is a Flickr group called Save the Uglies to showcase your creations.
I'm intrigued by the notion. It may also be true that (to paraphrase a well known cliche) "one woman's ugly is another woman's treasure." I have seen some fabrics in quilts and projects that I never would have purchased and thought they were lovely. And I have purchased some "lovely" fabrics and later wondered just where is the beauty in those fabrics.
So I'm going to give this a whirl and see what I can come up with.
Meanwhile, I have a bunch of beauties that need my attention.