Thursday, September 24, 2009

To cut or not to cut: A Fabric Markt Soliloquy

To cut or not to cut: that is the question:

Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to cut the fabric your mother purchased and
sent over via your father,

Or to take arms/cash against a sea of fabric at the huge
Holland Fabric Markt in Frankfurt this weekend,

And by opposing the cutting angst, see if I'd prefer
something else for the projects?

To visit the Markt: to see the possibilities;

No more; and by shopping to say we end

The heart-ache and the thousand natural shocks

That cutting fabric, committing it to a project is heir to, 'tis a consummation

Devoutly to be wish'd. To the Markt, to possibilities;

To possibilities: perchance to dream and find fabric 'better suited':
ay, there's the rub;

For in the possibilities of the Fabric Markt what dreams may come

When we have shuffled off this mortal coil, this land-of-no-fabric-shops,

Must give us pause: there's the respect

That makes calamity of so long life;

For who would bear the whips and scorns of time,
the few and far between and expensive fabric shops of Germany,

The oppressor's wrong, the proud man's contumely,

The pangs of disprized love, the law's delay,

The insolence of office and the spurns

That patient merit of the unworthy takes,

When he himself might his quietus make

With a bare bodkin? who would fardels bear,

To grunt and sweat under a weary life and empty sewing stash,

But that the dread of something after the Markt has gone, and I've missed it,

The undiscover'd country from whose bourn of cute fabric

No traveler returns empty handed, puzzles the will

And makes us rather bear those financial ills we have

Than commit to using that specific fabric for that project with no choice?

Thus conscience does make cowards of us all;

And thus the native hue of resolution

Is sicklied o'er with the pale cast of thought that
perhaps I should just first use what fabric I have,

And enterprises of great pitch and moment

With this regard their currents turn awry,

And lose the name of action.

Or do I lose action?? Even Stefan is starting to get interested in going to this Holland Fabric Markt on Sunday afternoon in Frankfurt. Especially after seeing all the beautiful pictures Holly posted over on Decor8. Amazing! Here's one of them:

At first we thought we were booked solid this weekend, but the event in question is thankfully only all day Saturday. Sunday is also the big voting day in Germany. I think we can manage church in the morning and take the train into town for the fabric fair with a swing by the polls in between.


Katie @ said...

i was so glad to see Holly found a link to that traveling market. My eye is set on going to one, too (so don't buy the place out!). :)

I love the way you wrote this post. I could seriously read it over and over. Yes, dorky - but you make it too fun.

juliette said...

heh- it's so obvious that I'm a Hamlet fan. I know I butchered it, though! Still, as you say, it's dorky fun! =)

M.S. said...

LOVED your monologue. So creative Jules! I really really want to come with you Sunday. You think a train will take me and bring me back on Sunday? From Paris? Ya, I didn't think so.

juliette said...

can you just imagining whizzing in from Paris to come bash around a German fabric market with me? we'd have so much fun!!

why are our fall calendars so screwy?!?

jane said...

anyone who writes an ode to fabric can´t miss the fair! go! and take pictures! have fun!

Pen and View said...

If you don't go then I'm hopping on a plane and going for you. I just spent hours yesterday shopping on line for cool fabric. I never knew there were such things as Fabric Faires!

Barb said...

You are too funny. What fun, a fabric faire. Never heard of such a thing in dull, old New England.
How are the prices?

juliette said...

Barb - prices seem to range from 3-4 Euro/meter all the way up to 18 Euro/meter. A meter is slightly longer than a yard so...??? We shall see. I'm trying to drum up a driving buddy b/c I have no desire to squeeze our (small) station wagon through these German parking decks (better sized for bicycles in my opinion...)!

Katie @ said...

hehe - I'm back to read it again!

Hopefully you'll find some really cool fabrics so you will have room to bring other things from the US.

travelingmama said...

Well, aren't you just one amazing poet?! Hidden talents, I tell you! Holly had me drooling over those fabrics and wanting to jump on a plane!

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