Friday, October 10, 2008


There's lots of them standing around here. I may be at the end of my rope, where fabric is concerned, because the bolts aren't pulling their weight. I've tried reasoning with them, pleading with them, and re-arranging them until they seemed to be pleased with their neighbors. It's just that if they don't start bolting (snark)out the door, I'm going to have a nervous breakdown. Yarn is so much easier. I totally get why no one prior to me was willing to take the plunge and carry cool fabrics in this wee burg. It seems there's just too much of a sweetie-granny image to overcome when you are a 'quilt shop'. Obviously, I'm going to need a drastic campaign to get the word out. Ann designed a cool ad to run in the new 'Stitch' magazine. I have my crossables crossed.

Two more 'Clapotis' were unleased into the world today. Did you feel the disturbance in the force? That pattern will never die, even with it's intimidating pfbs. And I've recently encountered some knitters who didn't know about Knitty or Ravelry. Are you okay? I thought you might have bumped your noggin there. Breathing back to normal? Good. Anyhow, I told them both to keep snackies and a bev next to the computer, as they would not be surfacing for awhile. (Hey, I'm a responsible enabler.) Just doing what I can to further our fibery cause. Now to enjoy the relative quiet and knit some on Herr Becher's socks. Or, I could cast on some 'air kiss' and see how it knits up... hmmm. Stay tuned. I might be having a productive streak coming on. C


leann said...

Hello. Just found out 10 min. ago that you phoned yesterday. I'll call you back on Sun. The new fibers are beautiful! You have an amazing talent for this!!!

Annalea said...

Cami, you need some serious LOCAL advertising. Not everyone in the greater Franklin area reads Stitches, m'dear.

How about putting up samples at the upscale grocery store? Or offering one to raffle off for charity at a mall? (Does Franklin have a mall? Or maybe a department store? Or some kind of shopping spot where ladies with money go?)

Go find some quilting web sites with forums, and try to find local quilters.

Put flyers up around town (or on the grocery store bulletin boards) that you'll honor current competitor's coupons on a designated day each week.

Do what my dearly-missed LYS/Quilt shop did and have one day a week when Fat Quarters are 50% off. (They also had a reagular "Yarn Sale" each week--it was lovely. Simply lovely.)

Do something to attract the quilters, Cami. You're a smart girl, and heaven knows you're a serious consumer. Turn off your "shop keep" brain for a few minutes, and think like a shopper. :o)

And when you've done that, get out and draw some quilty peeps to the shop!

Ra! Ra! Ra! Go-o-o-o-o-o-o-o Cami! (tee hee hee)

P.S.) Did you get my card?