Hair canvas… and a little rant about JoAnn Fabrics


The Bishop Method goes into great length about the glories of hair canvas.  Hair what????   This was a new one for me, and a quick Google search proved that it does, in fact, exist.  Sorry, but I didn’t even consider looking for the stuff at my local JoAnn Fabrics, the only fabric store for miles around, and one that I hate with a passion.  I shop there as little as possible.  My last visit to JoAnn’s was for 4 yds of unbleached muslin.  The salesperson actually had to measure it out twice, all the while smoothing and stretching it out so that I wouldn’t get even  1/4″ more than exactly 4 yards.  Mind you, this purchase was an extravagant $1.49 / Yd!  WTF  Obviously some corporate MBA has done an analysis of how much profit is lost by giving the customer a few extra inches.  I’d love to hear from other JoAnn Fabric haters.  I know you’re out there. 

I was at the house in Asbury Park last week and decided to stop in Manhattan on my way back to Maine.  I found my hair canvas at Steinlauf and Stoller, Inc on W. 39th St.  I knew just standing outside the building that they’d have it.  Their specialty is notions, interfacings, zippers, shoulder pads and such.  It’s such a drab, gray storefront surrounded by stores with windows full of the most colorful outrageous fabrics.  Only a place as dreary as this would have hair canvas.  Jackpot! I think they had four different types of varying weight and stiffness.  A hair canvas bonanza!  I can’t wait to use it.  My next step is to pre-shrink the wool fabric, but I’ll need a dry sunny day for that.  

One thought on “Hair canvas… and a little rant about JoAnn Fabrics

  1. “Obviously some corporate MBA has done an analysis of how much profit is lost by giving the customer a few extra inches. I'd love to hear from other JoAnn Fabric haters. I know you're out there.”

    Oh, yeah. Don't get me started. I worked in a fabric store when I was in college in the3 early 80's, and I can still remember the store manager (a guy with ZERO sewing experience) constantly harping that “an extra thumb costs us $10,000 a year.” But did he ever think about the goodwill and additional business we might gain if we weren't always playing Scrooge? Heck, no.

    And I HATE JA's. But it's the only brick & mortar sewing store, so sometimes I hafta go there…

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