A few months ago my book club read The Ghost Map by Steven Johnson. Looks nice enough, right? Innocent.
And it changed the way I view fabric.
From the first mention of "rice water stool," something in my very full and overworked brain misfired, and my relationship with abstract prints changed. I don't know how, and I don't know why, but certain prints from very famous designers started looking like...well...cholera to me.
The first specimen. Notice the abnormal growth habit:
And...in green! Don't even get me started on the green and its mutations.
I'm lucky enough to have two of my sewing pals in book club, so I have plenty of moral support and companionship as I struggle with this aversion. Unfortunately, I'm not the only one who had a misfire. Val sees it, too.
You may recall that not long ago I had a delirious and maniacal texting fit during a clearance event at my LQS. I'd like to share another detail of that day - a detail that will only undoubtedly validate your thinking that I'm a bit of a lunatic. At least I'm not alone.
Val: Hey, Linds!
Me: VAL! You will never guess what they have on clearance!?!?!
Val: Who is "they" and where are you?
Me: I'm in the clearance room at Always in Stitches, and you will DIE when I tell you what's here.
Val: TELL ME.
Me: It's....I can't believe I'm saying this. It's THE CORIANDER. And there are tons of other prints. The chrysanthemums and the fans and there's a couple colors of the one that looks like cholera...and...
Val: Wait. Which fans? Send me a picture. I hate the cholera and I don't want any, but get everything else!
The thing that makes me really giggle when I think back to this moment is not that we both knew exactly which cholera print I was shouting about. It's the other person in the clearance room. What must she have been thinking? Well, I know what she was thinking. She was thinking, "oh, shiz. i just dropped my wedding ring, and I can't get down on all fours because of my fibromyalgia. I wonder if this crazy, crazy screaming person will help me find it." Still.
I suppose it's a shape that can only be defined as "vermicelli" in nature.
Somehow I can look at that image of actual cholera without issue, but when I peek back at that Asha Paisley I reach for the hand sanitizer.
Don't EVEN get me started on this one. Hives!