I also struggle with this and I do buy some fabric online.
But what the online shops fail to provide is the creative atmosphere, the friendly welcome, the fabric touchability.
I am lucky enough that my local patchwork shop is Amitie. Compared to many other shops I have been into, Amitie staff always have a friendly smile and are always happy to help you put together a project no matter how large or small. And I have noticed that recently they are working their bums off to keep prices down.
And they have some awesome classes coming up. Ever wanted to meet the mad-capped Madame Ricrac in person and learn to make one of her wonderful softies? Well you can here!! (Incidentally, you can also come along on a Thursday afternoon and take a patchwork class with me! Just saying...)
Anyway, I thought I'd show off some of my recent Amitie purchases.
|Beautiful variegated Perle 8 thread and stunning new ribbons. (Yes, that IS Kaffe Fassett ribbon!!)
|Pretty Liberty fabrics in my favourite colours.
|Home dec fabric from the half price shelves.
|And an amazing new tool that helps create HSTs without having to rule a line!!!
I know the lure of online shopping is great. But maybe just put aside a percentage of your crafting budget for local shopping.
What do you say?