At the Fabric Store

Fabric Store

At the Fabric Store

striped, plaid, checked, faded, floral, animal print
solid, plain, woven, fragile
bulky, flexible, transparent
pile, fiberfill, comfort-stretch-elasticity
durable, cool and absorbent,
crinkly, lightweight, flexible
wrinkly, snagged, ribbed, stubbed, ridged
rip-stopping, abrasion resistant
heavy, firm weight, tear-strength-reinforced
fuzzy, fur-like coarseness
canvas-like, tough-resilience
industrial, geometric weave
longevity-insulating-encapsulated fibers
glazed tightly, spun bulky
crispness, dryness, silkiness,
cottony, satiny, shiny, slippery,
heated embossed, warp shrinkage, pressed
closely woven, plain-faced-finish
light and warm
soft and white
smooth and lustrous
slick and gorgeous
calendared to achieve a high glaze
luxuriant-grace with gossamer softness
eco-friendly, sustainable and organic


Written for:


Monday Morning Writing Prompt: Do the Details.

Fabric of Our Lives: dVerse Poetics

Photo Credit: PeterPan’s Visits San Francisco…

About zongrik

For those of you who do not know the handle "zongrik," that would be Bat-Ami Gordin. Most people call me "Tammy." Bat-Ami means "daughter of my nation" in Hebrew. It's a heavy name to carry around. I answer to either name. I also answer to "mama." Some Basic Things about me: Animal lover, mom, poet/writer, dramatic soprano, photographer, teacher/tutor, CERT/Technician and, oh yeah, aerospace engineer. I consider myself "The Astro-Poet." To learn more about the origins of the word "zongrik" see whats-a-zongrik?

Posted on November 21, 2011, in Monday Morning Writing Prompt, Poetry and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 24 Comments.

  1. way to much material for me to take in.good

  2. Agree with Brian–very clever, wonderful flow. Good picture too!

  3. I had no idea all that was at the fabric store!!!

  4. Wow! How does anyone ever choose?

  5. Wow, Bat-Ami. You really rang my bell! (pardon the cliche) I love, love, love fabric…I suppose because of the colors and textures. The problem is, I’m lousy at sewing. This is a perfect example of details that takes in so many senses. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Your poem is a quilter’s dream, a textile-a-holic paradise.

  7. love the details, the variety – sensuous and a great write

  8. WOW! I just recently went to a fabric store, although it was not as neat as the one in the picture here. it was chaotic in there. anyway, your poem reminded me of that experience. i can’t believe so many descriptive words can come out of a fabric store…LOL. good job on this one. very creative. and thank you for stopping by to my blog last week too and leaving me comment. much appreciated 🙂 ~Olive Tree.

  9. I love the different types of fabric at the draper’s store… I always loved to slide my hand over the different textures… it’s a wonderful tactile experience!

  10. So many choices, if one likes to sew!!

  11. very cool, i never realized just how many choices there were that might be a little overwelming for me…smiles.

  12. and just like that are those fabrics of life… great texture to this..smiles

  13. I am overwhelmed too by the many choices…nice one ~

  14. I remember this from the first time around, and love it even more this time. I did get to visit the fabric store last week. It was a zoo. And I even sewed up little stuffy things for my dogs’ stockings. But, oh. That is so not where my talents lie.

  15. Makes for a long shopping list, or a lot of decision making. Definitely glazed tightly.

  16. Wow- I wouldn’t know where to begin.

  17. Love the list-style of this poem. It lets you fit in so many ideas.

  18. Wow–very cool! As a former seamstress who used to practically live at the fabric store–I think you just about covered it all!

  19. Love the photo. I know how to choose…I eliminate any material that is rough or need ironing…that narrows it down to material I love the feel of…and my favorite colors or patterns.
    and of course, difficult to sew with. When I was sewing a commanding officer’s wife at the base my then husband was stationed in Japan, said, she took expensive material and used a simple pattern. No one noticed the simple pattern because no one would ever try to sew with expensive material. That was her story and she stayed with it.
    Thanks for sharing the details.

    Siggi in Downeast Maine

  20. Sounds like all the colors, dolors & sonars in the poet’s toolbox. Nice write, Brendan

  21. very wordy and powerful imagery.


  22. Yes, what wonderful words we use for fabric!

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