Yesterday in this post I blogged about how our tastes are all different. I should probably clear up I was in no way offended by people not liking the fabrics I'd pulled in the scrappy swap. It's far better people are honest than end up with fabric they hate and maybe worse still they don't want to use in anything they make.
Now I've tended to view fabrics that people might call 'Ugly' as a challenge. I've long tried to live by the ethos that no fabric is truly ugly. Projects can be ugly because of the fabric choices. But the right project for the right fabric and bingo - a match made in fabric heaven. If you'd have asked me a few days ago to show you my ugliest fabric I own I'd have pulled this one:
I bought this back in the days when I used to make quilted cards and I wanted some fabric suitable for Easter and this was one of the options I came up with. I never liked the fabric if I'm honest. But unlike today when I can shop online at any number of stores both here and in the US, the time this was bought the options were limited to me. Not even sure the Internet was an option and bricks and mortar sewing/fabric shops were already becoming scarce.
But after the comments about those teddies, cats and butterflies. I've realised I probably have more ugly fabrics - fabrics that just sit amongst the others rarely being used. Bought in a era where lack of choice was a big influence and the fickle fashions for fabric has changed most of our minds on what we call ugly.
Ok, so hands up who doesn't think this is ugly? I'm betting there isn't one single hand raised right now. In a different colour it might be infinitely more usable. In dark green, burgundy with a hint of beige it's pretty drab.
Talking of drab: Also bought for cards suitable for small boys was this:
I just hope now it didn't scare any small children. Mind I'm not always convinced the options for boys fabrics has got that much better in the intervening years.
Because I'm mean I'm going to show you those teddies again - up close and personal. Again bought for card making. Now you mention it they do look kind of creepy!
You won't however convince me these butterflies are ugly. I actually like them and I will not apologise for that. I even put some on my reversible camo bag you can often see me using in pictures.
But at least if you all think they're ugly I won't have to share ;-)
So what fabrics do you have stashed that are so ugly you don't like them to see the light of day. You know those fabrics you just wish would go away and you'd never wasted your pennies on?