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How to heal a broken heart – Part I

2012 April 23
by elizabeth_admin

What is a sewist to do when her heart has been broken?  Here’s a primer for you.

1.  Be with people who love you — I am in San Diego visiting my parents.  There’s nothing like eating home cooked meals that your mother has made specially for you and hearing familiar voices.  Knowing they will always love you no matter what.


2.  Meet fellow sewing enthusiasts — I met Susan from Knitter’s Delight today.  What a delight she surely is.  We had such a good time getting to know each other and talking about sewing and single parenthood.  And, of course, sharing our mutual love of fabric.  Susan was such a dear.  She took me all over the environs of San Diego to shop in the various independent fabric stores here.  We visited Yardage Town and Discount Fabrics, which are incidentally owned by the same people.  We saw some of the exact same fabrics at each store.  One, I passed on at Yardage Town, but when I saw it at the second store, I couldn’t say no.  At Yardage Town, I picked up this crinkle border print that I think would make a lovely maxi skirt.  The second fabric I bought at Discount Fabrics was a cotton lawn.




It was a very enjoyable day ending with Susan and her cute daughter staying for dinner too — what a great balm for me.  I know tomorrow will be just what the heart doctor ordered too.  I plan to arrive in LA around 11am and grabbing a quick bite.  If you want to meet up with me to do some power man forgetting I mean fabric shopping, please meet me at Michael Levine’s at 12:30pm.  Other stores are TBD as I don’t know which ones will be open to the public (as opposed to “to the trade” only) on Monday.  But if you can meet us at Michael Levine’s, we’ll just follow each other like sheep.  Sound like a plan?

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  1. April 23, 2012

    As usual, I love your fabric choices! I actually own that green lawn. I’m sorry that you’re going through a difficult time – I know that when I’ve been there, sewing (and the community) have really helped me to pull through. And I’m totally jealous of your day in LA! We have no fabric stores here, so I love living vicariously through everyone else’s purchases!

  2. April 23, 2012

    The green fabric’s gorgeous. I hope you have a great day!

  3. April 23, 2012

    Can you email me your cell #? I am home tomorrow AM waiting for a plumber.
    I’d like to join you in downtown LA, but might not get there by 12:30. If I show up late, I need to call you to find out where the crew is.

  4. April 23, 2012

    I’m sorry to hear you’re feeling low. But I’m very glad you have found some ways to have supportive people and good fabric all around you 🙂

  5. April 23, 2012

    So sorry about your heartache… Painting can be quite therapeutic, too, so maybe you should follow up on your plan. I believe I got the idea and Spottedroo’s blog from you and I really enjoyed it, so thank you!

  6. April 23, 2012

    What a lovely post. I think you and I are sewers who make a point of meeting other sewers whenever they travel. Your dad looks a lot like Jimmy Carter when he was younger.

  7. Jodi permalink
    April 23, 2012

    I’m working on this myself right now — I definitely like the idea of meeting up with fellow sewers — sounds like a wonderful thing to look forward to.

  8. April 23, 2012

    If anything will heal your heart, it’s family and new fabric! Have a great time in LA. I wish I could make it.

  9. Rosie permalink
    April 23, 2012

    I am so sorry you are going through a rough patch at the moment but you are in the best place – with family. Of course, meeting up with people who share sewing/knitting and of course fabric shopping always help. I know you will get through this soon. I always love love your fabric choices. Have a great time!

  10. Teresa permalink
    April 23, 2012

    I grew up in San Diego and the first place I bought fabric (40 years ago) was at Yardage Town. So glad to hear they are still going strong. Since it was the only place I shopped for years I called all fabric stores yardage stores for almost twenty years. Whenever I said I’m going to the yardage store I would get an odd look and lots of questions. My family still lives in San Diego and when I go home for a visit I always stop in.

  11. April 23, 2012

    Ahhh boo 🙁 re: the man vs. heart stuff – but thumbs-up for good family and friends hun 🙂

    P.S. Love the green lawn fabric – very Spring-ey!

  12. April 23, 2012

    I’m sorry about the broken heart, but fabric shopping and meeting fellow sewists is pretty awesome! Will you be at PR New York? Because I’d love to meet you in person.

  13. April 23, 2012

    Love the lawn and boo on the man. You know I feel you on this one. Maybe I can still come and see you if you don’t mind Linus coming along. Oh, wait. I guess that means I can’t take the bus anymore either… hmmm. Let me think on this a minute 🙂

  14. April 23, 2012

    Darn it, I have a faculty meeting at 12:30 and can’t join the party. I’m sorry to miss you, and sorry about your broken–but, I hope, mending–heart.

  15. April 23, 2012

    Awww, so sorry to hear about your man issues. They are infuriating beings, no? I totally feel you on this one – and I totally agree that fabric shopping is a necessary part of the healing process.

    Also, your fabric is lovely!

    Still sad I couldn’t make SD or LA trips, but I am sure you will have a great time in LA – can’t wait to see all of your fabric finds!

  16. April 23, 2012

    Oh man, that sucks! (hugs)

    Btw if you ever want to hang out when you’re back in NYC, let me know 🙂

  17. April 23, 2012

    ooooh those are some beautiful fabrics.
    Sounds wonderful to spend quality time with family and other stitching friends.

  18. April 23, 2012

    Hearts heal. Promise. Been there and sewn right through it, had to. Not many things family and fabric don’t fix. Take care.

  19. Nancy permalink
    April 24, 2012

    I wish I had read this earlier. I would definitely have met you. If you are going to be im LA amy longer I’d be happy to show you my favorite places.

  20. April 24, 2012

    I’m so sorry to hear about the heartbreak! Fabric, friends, and family sounds like just the right kind of therapy. Hope you return refreshed and with more fabric than you know what to do with 🙂

  21. April 24, 2012

    Nothing helps to heal as much as family & fabric!! Glad you are enjoying both at this time.


  22. April 24, 2012

    Oh no! I’m so sorry for your heartache. But your strategy is sound. Happy shopping – so far your stash is lovely.

  23. April 30, 2012

    I love that fabric. The green lawn is lovely. I hope that and your visit cheers you up! Breakups are never easy.

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