Curator

As Lizzy House said on twitter the other day, “I think more people need to think about the actual curating of their inventories.”  And that has been my exact plan this year, because as it turns out, Above All Fabric is actually supposed to make money.  It’s not just a hobby. ;-)

So where do we go from here?  Well to start with – get rid of stuff!  The remainder of this month, I’ll be clearing things out.

Amy Butler fabrics and patterns are marked way way down.  And after May, only a select few will remain in the shop.

Same goes for much of the sale section.  After May, much of this won’t be here anymore. If there is something you’ve been thinking about, now is the time to snatch it up.

There are other sales.  Lots of sales.  In fact – all Bag patterns are at least 30% off. (sorry, due to contracts, the downloadable patterns are not included.)  And there are new awesome prices for much of what isn’t officially on sale.

I have other great new fabrics too – like more solid colors of corduroy!  The Flamingo is a perfect pink for Sandi Henderson’s corduroy prints!  And the graphite is to die for!  (By the way, denim is back in stock!)

So from now on, you should notice a much more intentional shop.  If that makes any sense.  You may have notice subtle changes already…but more (and bigger) changes are coming.  And I hope that it works out cuz I LOVE fabric, I love sewing and I love working for all of you!

And I’d like to give a couple of you subscriptions to Stitch magazine, which only comes out twice a year. The Spring issue is one of my favorites so far, so I decided to get it for the shop.  And the Fall issue will be awesome too.  Just leave a comment here and you’ll be entered to win both this magazine and the fall one (when it comes out!) International peeps are always welcomed to join in the fun!  And if you already have one, leave a comment anyway just because you might win…and I’ll figure something out for you in the meantime!

PS.  I have other things to give away too…but it’s not quite the right time yet.  Anna, Sandi and Joel’s new books are all included in some of those things.  Stay tuned!  And sign up for the newsletter too. :o

PPS. The link to sign up for notification as soon as the Knits are on the way is working now.  Sorry about that!

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76 Responses to “Curator”


  1. 1 Maria M May 22, 2010 at 6:04 am

    I love that mag. I really should get a subscription instead of running to my local Barnes & Noble to get one everytime.

    • 2 Melanie May 22, 2010 at 6:08 am

      Isn’t it great? I will try to have subscription information listed online soon. They are talking about possibly doing 4 issues next year! I hope they do!

  2. 3 Sarah E. May 22, 2010 at 6:22 am

    Oh fun! I’d love to see that magazine!

  3. 4 Jaclyn May 22, 2010 at 6:32 am

    Exciting. I can’t wait to see the results of your thoughtful curating!

  4. 5 LeAnn May 22, 2010 at 6:33 am

    That magazine looks amazing. Admittedly I’ve never seen one before. I would love to see my first one free ;) Thanks for the chance!

  5. 6 2hippos May 22, 2010 at 6:54 am

    Neat! And I’m excited to see your upcoming changes!

  6. 7 Angela C. May 22, 2010 at 7:10 am

    I have the Spring issue, but I would love to win the Fall issue. Thanks for the giveaway.

    accoupons at gmail dot com

  7. 8 Sandi May 22, 2010 at 7:11 am

    Count me in for looking forward to any thing happening with you all. Will be looking over merchandise to see what I have to have. Ha Ha!

    Count me in for the giveaway. Always interested in more magazines full of inspiration.

    Sandi

  8. 9 SarahB May 22, 2010 at 7:40 am

    This was the first issue of Stitch I’d ever seen and it did look great! Trying to do a better job of actually using the fabric I buy before letting myself buy more, but I was waiting for more denim…. :)

  9. 10 MichelleD (craftydill) May 22, 2010 at 7:51 am

    Your changes sound so exciting! And I would love to have the Stitch magazine subscription… thanks for the chance!

  10. 11 Jenny May 22, 2010 at 7:52 am

    Ive never actaully flipped thru that magazine, but would love to. thanks for a chance…and a heads up on your inventory…

  11. 12 Becky May 22, 2010 at 8:04 am

    would love to get my hands on that mag…and you are my new fave fabric shop, so can’t wait to see the changes in the works:)

  12. 13 Sherri May 22, 2010 at 8:11 am

    I have the spring stitch…got it for Mother’s Day…but would love to win the fall one…didn’t know you could subscribe either…and I didn’t know Amy has a new book coming out…good things coming soon!

  13. 14 Christie May 22, 2010 at 8:51 am

    You sound very motivated! I’m looking forward to seeing what you have in store. I just saw that magazine for the first time last week. My friend brought it over and we drooled over everything. We started working on a pattern from Oliver + S that was in it. So cute! Good luck with all your plans. Sounds exciting!

  14. 15 Karen May 22, 2010 at 8:54 am

    Please pick me for the mag!!

  15. 16 Jennwith4 May 22, 2010 at 9:16 am

    I’d love to get that magazine! I’ll definitely be browsing through (and hopefully buying!) stuff with the sales that are here now.=)

  16. 17 holly p May 22, 2010 at 9:33 am

    On my way to look through your shop now! I’d love to win the magazine, thanks for the chance!

  17. 18 Amanda May 22, 2010 at 9:45 am

    I need to go check out your sale stuff. And fingers crossed for winning a magazine!

  18. 19 Karen May 22, 2010 at 9:51 am

    Can’t wait to check out the changes and do a little shopping :)

  19. 20 sara hoffman May 22, 2010 at 10:27 am

    I wanna win! Going to check out the sale now!

  20. 21 DianeY May 22, 2010 at 10:27 am

    I just bought that magazine for the first time & I love it! I think I need to go shopping now!

  21. 22 CJ May 22, 2010 at 11:03 am

    I can never find that magazine here in PODUNK. I’d love to win that. Going to take a look around the shop.

  22. 23 Sara May 22, 2010 at 11:51 am

    I just found your shop/blog and can’t wait until I can find an excuse to make a purchase…Hmmm…maybe the sale is enough of an excsuse?

  23. 24 Holly May 22, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    Stitch magazine looks so cool! Unfortunately, I’m not sure where to get it in Canada and it seems really expensive. I’d love to win a copy!

    • 25 Melanie May 22, 2010 at 12:59 pm

      Thanks, Holly! I’m not sure where in CA you can get it either. I agree that it would be expensive if it were *just* a magazine…but this publication has full patterns (with pieces, sizing, everything!) for women, children, baby, gifts, crafts, bags, etc. In fact, one of the patterns is an Oliver & S pattern….and those retail for $15.95…so when you think about it that way, it’s really a great price! I will blog more in detail about the magazine…maybe tonight when I can’t sleep. lol :-) Good Luck!

  24. 26 Tara May 22, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    I’d love to give Stitch a try! Pick me! I never win blog giveaways!

  25. 27 Alsia May 22, 2010 at 2:14 pm

    I’ve been looking for that magazine (in brick and morter stores) but haven’t come across it yet. I’d love to win it though. :-)

  26. 28 Belinda Gelhausen May 22, 2010 at 2:15 pm

    I’ve been drooling over that magazine for a while now :-)
    Pick me please :-)

  27. 29 courtney May 22, 2010 at 2:52 pm

    i drool over stitch all the time at the bookstore- i’m in love!

  28. 30 momo May 22, 2010 at 3:06 pm

    ooh, I’d love to win! thanks for the opportunity. :)

  29. 31 jennsquared May 22, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    Oh I would love to win!!! I love Stitch!!! And I love your blog/shop too!!!

  30. 32 Junglewife May 22, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    I’d love to win! I haven’t yet been able to justify the hefty price tag for this current issue, but it would be great to win it!

  31. 33 Kelly Irene May 22, 2010 at 4:25 pm

    how very nice of you :) I think you should write some blog updates about curating your inventory. I need lots of help in that area!!

  32. 34 Nicki C K May 22, 2010 at 4:25 pm

    Thanks for the giveaway Melanie. I would love to win Stitch Mag! I’m not sure where you can pick it up in CA either–maybe Barnes & Noble or Borders? It sounds fabulous! Going to shop your sales now. :-) *keeping fingers crossed*

  33. 35 Mary on Lake Pulaski May 22, 2010 at 4:36 pm

    I have been reading so much about Stitch magazine. I would love to have this issue and the next!

  34. 36 Ammie May 22, 2010 at 6:12 pm

    Thanks so much for the sales and stash-busting. I don’t have much of a fabric stash yet, and filling my cart with delightful fabrics is exciting!

  35. 37 Jessica May 22, 2010 at 6:20 pm

    I keep hearing about Stitch, and I’d love to see what it’s all about! Thanks for keeping us abreast of the shop news…I love your shop and will definitely be shopping again!

  36. 38 Lori May 22, 2010 at 6:49 pm

    Thanks for the chance to win! I love that magazine!

  37. 39 SewLindaAnn May 22, 2010 at 7:15 pm

    I’d love to win the Fall Stitch, I already have the other one. So if I do win it can go to someone else. It’s a great giveaway, I love the magazine. I almost hope they don’t do it more than twice a year, sometimes the content goes down in value when mags. do that. Off to check out your pattern sale.

  38. 40 gina snyder May 22, 2010 at 10:33 pm

    Oh, I’ve had my eye on that magazine for some time now! Would love to win it.

    Anxious to see the changes you will be making!

    Hugs,
    Gina

  39. 41 Ruth May 22, 2010 at 11:26 pm

    Your sales look great…I’m trying to convince myself that I do not need more fabric.

  40. 42 mellenk May 23, 2010 at 8:50 am

    I love your store and I’d love to take a look at the magazine!! Might have to put it in my next order.

  41. 43 handwashcold May 23, 2010 at 5:06 pm

    Yay! Love this magazine…would love a subscription. And good luck on your focused direction of the store!

  42. 44 Rachel May 23, 2010 at 5:46 pm

    Oooh!!! I almost bought that magazine the other day, but couldn’t handle the cost of shipping! I’ve looked everywhere in town and haven’t been able to find a copy. Good luck with the parring down!!

  43. 45 Jen S May 23, 2010 at 6:31 pm

    count me in! I’d love a copy:)

  44. 46 Gabriella May 23, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    I’d love to win!

  45. 47 Neyda May 23, 2010 at 7:58 pm

    I would love to win!! the magazine looks like it has a lot of really fun projects!!

  46. 48 Wen May 23, 2010 at 11:41 pm

    I love Stitch. I can’t find it here in Singapore and had to have the last 2 issues shipped to me! Hope I win! Thanks :)

  47. 49 Erin Erickson May 24, 2010 at 11:57 am

    I don’t think I’ve seen Stitch before? Usually I see projects people make (on Flickr!) when a magazine issue isn’t available any more. A subscription might be a good idea!

    Also, I got my order today! I think I’m going to like the Bella solids… I can’t wait to wash them and see how soft they get! Thanks!

  48. 50 Stacy May 24, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    Oh, I’d love to be entered! I love getting ideas & tips from magazines! That one would be great to have! Thanks so much!

  49. 51 Cynthia May 24, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    Ooohh! Fun magazine! Would LOVE to win of course ;)

  50. 52 Heather May 24, 2010 at 1:04 pm

    I’m so behind on everything that I’ve never heard of that magazine. But, it looks great and I’d love to have a copy!

    • 53 Melanie May 24, 2010 at 1:05 pm

      Oh you’d love it Heather! It’s right up your allley! btw, you’re not behind…you’re just super busy, that’s all! I’m really really hoping I get to meet you this fall. :)

  51. 54 Beth May 24, 2010 at 1:06 pm

    I would love to check out the magazine! I hope I win!

  52. 55 Carol May 24, 2010 at 1:14 pm

    I can’t remember if I entered already or not- but if not, here’s my back up entry :o) Thanks for your fun give-aways & great service!

  53. 56 Marie May 24, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    Oh Mel, you keep tempting me w/ all your sales, I can’t sew fast enough!

  54. 57 Tiffany May 24, 2010 at 1:21 pm

    I’m always looking for good sewing magazines, and this is one I haven’t seen before. I would love to check it out!

    • 58 Melanie May 24, 2010 at 1:23 pm

      It’s an awesome magazine! My favorite one right now because it has so many types of projects in it. And it includes tons of patterns too!!!! I’m sure that you would love it!!!!

  55. 59 melissa May 24, 2010 at 1:24 pm

    Oh, I love stitch!! I just discovered it and I think it’s so wonderful!!
    I’d love to win
    Melissa

  56. 60 sally May 24, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    Oh looks awesome…don’t think ive seen it here in australia before, would love to win one!

  57. 61 Kim @ Everything Etsy May 24, 2010 at 1:44 pm

    Am I the only one that hasn’t seen a copy of this before? It looks fabulous! :)

    ~Kim

  58. 63 tracy_a May 24, 2010 at 1:46 pm

    Nope, Kim – I haven’t either – looks fantastic – thanks for the giveaway.

  59. 64 kim May 24, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    i’ve always wanted that subscription. hope i win! :)

  60. 65 jody Chouinard May 24, 2010 at 2:06 pm

    I’ve never seen this magazine and will be looking for it now, but one won would be especially nice!

  61. 66 noolygirl May 24, 2010 at 2:30 pm

    ooh! I would love to win!!!!

  62. 67 Ariel May 24, 2010 at 2:34 pm

    You are so nice! Thanks for the chance to win! :)

  63. 68 Jessica May 24, 2010 at 3:07 pm

    Wow, great sales, and thanks for the opportunity to win the subscription!

  64. 69 Lisa May 24, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    Sweet! Love the mag. Thanks for the giveaway!

  65. 70 Jennifer May 24, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    Oooo, I’d love to get my hands on that magazine! Thanks!

  66. 71 Carrie D May 24, 2010 at 4:19 pm

    I have been looking for that magazine everywhere around here, even if I could just get the one I would be so happy! Thanks for the chance!!

  67. 72 burlap+blue May 24, 2010 at 5:03 pm

    What a fabulous magazine…would love to win a subscription! thanks for the chance!! :)

  68. 73 Devon May 24, 2010 at 6:16 pm

    I would looove to win this!

  69. 74 Elena May 24, 2010 at 8:45 pm

    thought i already entered but didn’t! i’ve never looked at the stitch mag, i’ll have to start looking for them :)

  70. 75 min May 24, 2010 at 9:16 pm

    A magazine worth 6 months?! I’d be very interested in winning that! :)

  71. 76 Line May 25, 2010 at 6:42 am

    Thanks for the chance to win this magazine: a good deal of American blogs have mentioned it over the past few weeks, so that I really came to fancy it… in spite of it not being available in France!
    Please, please, pick me!


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