Sweet Nothings

Fabric of Fondness

Woven, floral fabric and the design for a wood canvas frame my fiancé drew up on the back of an envelope

While most of Los Angeles fled the city in fear of a massive highway closure known as Carmageddon, my love and I ventured out into traffic and explored our new stomping grounds this weekend. I was pleasantly surprised to find the roads desolate and breezy to navigate, and was even more delighted by the places I discovered on our travels. My favorite find was an area of downtown LA known as the Fashion District, a fantastical place where numerous city blocks abound with nothing but textiles, beading and mannequin stores. After all, what’s not to love about knock-off handbags and feather boas being hocked on street corners and seas of motionless mannequin eyes leering out at you from shop windows?

We were in the Fashion District on a mission (a quest to find fabric to make a wall hanging out of for our dining room), so I tried not to get too distracted by the endless supply of Pashminas and life-size ceramic limbs beckoning for me to run my fingers over them. Avoiding distraction was difficult, however, upon setting foot in Michael Levine’s, a fabric store so massive that it occupies two whole warehouses – one for fashion fabrics and one for upholstery. Not only was this store a crafty gal’s personal heaven, but it made me truly in awe of my new city for the first time since moving out here. I recently realized that, although I’ve been trying to make LA feel like home for the past few weeks, I haven’t exactly been seeking out fresh/exotic reasons to get excited about the new place I’m calling home. Standing amidst thousands of yards of sequined fabric, though, I finally let the excitement rush in. And, now, I can’t get over how nice it feels to be living in a city that’s big enough in both population and cultural diversity to support dozens of local fabric/bead/mannequin shops. That’s right, the first thing I officially love about LA is its vastness and its countless bolts of raw sewing materials. Whether you live in a place with giant fabric stores or not, I hope your Monday is turning out to be made of only the finest weave!

The finished product: homemade 68"x47" canvas hanging over our dining table

Where it all began, the bustling fabric-fairyland of Michael Levine Inc. in Los Angeles, CA

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2 Comments

  • Reply Ellie July 19, 2011 at 8:55 am

    Well you made the best of a not so great situation! And that place looks like heaven!!

    -Ellie

    • Reply Jennifer R. Coté July 19, 2011 at 8:30 pm

      It truly is heaven, Ellie. I ended up finding the makings of some really awesome scarves and headbands there, too. 🙂

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