Yesterday I visited our local fabric store in Whiterock to celebrate the 30+ years of business that Laura’s Fashion Fabrics has been in business. This little treasure sells not only lovely fabrics but unusual items such as expensive, unusual buttons, sewing machines, titanium sewing needles. etc. She has to close at the end of the month to make way for a 24 story high-rise that cannot accommodate her shop.
I am saddened by the disappearance of specialist stores such as Laura’s which gives cheerful personal attention to each customer, remembering who they are and giving out free advice on a variety of matters. It has been the meeting place for many textile artists. Shopping on line doesn’t touch this service.
With the sale prices in effect I couldn’t resist buying a number of packages of titanium needles for my bernina sewing machine. These little treasures cut through the many layers of paint and textiles on my art pieces like a hot knife on butter.
I have just completed this piece using these needles and will be taking it back to England to go into the Oxford Street Studio Artists Open House in May. It is called Windswept III and I will dedicate it to Laura’s Fashion Fabric store.