Thursday, February 21, 2008

Linen and, Uh, Crabs

As Dave Barry would say, I Am Not Making This Up! A month ago, while scouring clearance tables for loosely woven natural-fiber fabrics for my chenille projects, I found a very nice 100% linen for $2 per yard. There was just one catch---it was embroidered with red crabs. 

They were nicely done crabs. 

But, come on. Who did this manufacturer think was going to pay full price for this stuff? Can you imagine some middle manager saying, "Our research shows that expensive natural fabrics embroidered with crustaceans will command significant marketshare this season"?

Even at $2/yd, I hesitated. I got some anyway, planning to bury it under several layers. I'll post the results soon. 


Gerrie said...

Hey!! Thanks for visiting my blog! This fabric is quite funny! I love the linen piece in your previous post!!

Quilt Pixie said...

I can imagine someone thinking linen with crabs would be a seller in the heat of summer fun at the beach -- fools! :-)

Lazy Gal Tonya said...

I think they're kind of fun. but then I buy fabric with spiders, alligators, aliens... lots of fabric around them that will look great with whatever you do.

Meg said...

I can't help feeling a little crawly when I look at this fabric. Keep getting the urge to bat away bugs.

Interestingly, my 25-year-old step-daughter gently informed me that upscale fabrics embroidered with crustaceans are indeed fashionable; I just haven't been keeping up with J. Crew et al. Evidently, more than one middle manager is touting these as good for market share these days.

Leah/ Texas/ United States said...

thats funny! i especially like the part where you say 'they were nicely done crabs'. funny.