Even More Fabric Shopping – superbuzzy

Sewing Mojo Mystery

I’m not sure where my sewing mojo disappeared to.  I know I packed in up in the move…  I faintly remember unpacking… so it must be here somewhere… maybe Waffle took it outside and buried it in the back yard… I don’t know…  I’m just hoping it’ll show up soon.  In the meantime I’m starting to think that the decrease of sewing mojo is inversely proportionate to the increase of sewing related activities.  For the math-y sewists

For the graph-y sewists

sewing mojo correlation graph

Anyone else seen this correlation in their lives?


 Most Recent Non-sewing Sewing Activity

I’ve been doing lots of non-sewing sewing things lately.  My most recent activities seems to be fabric shopping because I surely need more fabric to reach S.A.B.L.E (stash acquired beyond life expectancy).  If you haven’t read my attempt at S.A.B.L.E at the swap meet, you can catch up here.  Yesterday I headed to superbuzzy which I’ve been dying to go to for a while.  superbuzzy is buzz as in bee, not buzz as in drinking.  Just thought I needed to clarify that for some of you.  ahem.  So if you haven’t been to the store or been to their website let’s take a mini tour shall we…

superbuzzy is Super Cute

superbuzzy postcard

This pic is of their postcard and it summarizes the style of the store; cute, sweet and Japanese.  The store is located on Main Street in Ventura, CA which is a super long street with lots of little nondescript shops.  You know you’ve arrived at superbuzzy when you see the bee.

sewbuzzy sighting

A Peek Inside

For those who can’t get to the store you can live vicariously through the following pics or you can shop their website www.superbuzzy.com Everything they carry in the store is on their website and most of what they carry is from Japan.  The exception would be some of the patterns and maybe some of the books.

First off they have mostly cotton flat weave fabrics.  I’m not a quilter but it looks like quilting cotton.  All of the fabrics are colorful, has great prints and overall just adorable.

superbuzzy cute quilt fabrics


more fabric

more fabric

superbuzzy did I mention they have quilt fabrics

even more fabrics

superbuzzy even more quilt fabrics

Did I mention they have fabric?

superbuzzy geeky quilt fabrics

Fabrics for the geeky sewists

In additional to fabric on the bolts they also have a good selection of fat quarters and 1/8 yd cuts.  I love the decor.  You can sit a chat with Domo Kun for awhile.  And look at the cute honey comb tiles on the floor.  Just spectacular!!

superbuzzy honey comb tiles and Domo Kun There was a section of denim and a couple of knits which is more garment sewing than the other cottons.  Yes, I know lots of people sew clothes from quilting cotton.  That person is just not me.

superbuzzy garment fabrics


superbuzzy also has a few laminates for super cute table clothes or bags.

superbuzzy laminates

In the back they have an extensive selection of Japanese sewing and crafts books and magazines.  The only other place I’ve seen this many Japanese books is the book store in the Mitsuwa.  At the Mitsuwa there wasn’t nearly as many sewing, knitting, crocheting and other crafts books.  I also spied copies of Molly Makes which I’ve only seen online.  What a treasure trove.  I would have loved to grab a few and sit with Domo Kun and thumb through them.  I was just overwhelmed by the # of books and since the spines are written in Japanese it was hard for me to just peruse.  It’s probably best of review the selection online and drop in and purchase the book.  Sorry about the blurry pic.  Maybe I should have purchased that book on the top shelf “taking great photos”. LOL

superbuzzy books

In the back they also have yarns and embroidery floss.

superbuzzy yarn

And then there were the patterns.  I was pleasantly surprised to see that they carried Oliver + S, Colette, Amy Butler, Christine Haynes patterns along with some Japanese pattern lines.  I can just hop in instead of buying online and impulsively checking the mail box.  Oliver + S and Amy Butler patterns are perfect for the cotton fabrics they carry.

superbuzzy patterns

There’s way more fun stuff like notions, needle felt supplies, snacks etc that I didn’t take pics of.  Just check it out on their website. Lastly I can’t forget to mention that they also have sewing and craft classes.  If you’re into modern quilt, the Ventura Modern Quilt Guild has sew ins here.



How Do I Find My Sewing Mojo?

Now that I’ve done a sufficient amount of fabric shopping, pattern shopping, reading sewing blogs, blogging, organizing the sewing room, reorganizing the sewing room, I need to get back to sewing.  Any tips on how I get my sewing mojo back?

Happy (actual) sewing,Signature small


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16 Responses to Even More Fabric Shopping – superbuzzy

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  3. Aura Oriano says:

    ack! sorry for the multiple posts.

  4. Aura Oriano says:

    You are incredibly lucky that you can go to their bricks and mortar shop. I love superbuzzy!

    Your vesper dress was so great that I’m sure your mojo will be back in force soon. In the meantime, go easy on yourself and enjoy planning the next project.

  5. Aura Oriano says:

    You are sooo lucky to be able to go to Superbuzzy. You’ll be back into sewing soon, with all that Japanese wonderfulness that you saw there. No pressure to produce because you’ll get there! With fall right around the corner, I’m sure a new project will have you back in the saddle.

    • Thanks for the encourage and the reminder than sewing is suppose to be fun. Fall is my favorite season so I’m definitely looking forward to some light jackets and 3/4 sleeves. It was in the 90s yesterday so it’s definitely still summer here.

  6. aleah says:

    You totally nailed it with your equation – if I’m thinking or shopping I’m not sewing and vice-versa. I happen to be on a sewing kick right now, but I wasn’t for a long time before. I think what works best for me is to gorge on fabric shopping (which I did in the spring) so I feel like I have all the fabric I need, like, ever (SABLE indeed, I’m way, way past LE at this rate) and then just stare at the stash, pull out a fabric I love and make an easy thing that I want to wear immediately. That’s where my Plan Less Sew More slogan came from.
    I can tell you from experience though that nothing kills the mojo like a new house. Houses suck all the energy right out of you. It took me months to get my normal sewing energy back after we moved.
    Oh, and I discovered Superbuzzy recently too; I can’t believe that gem was sitting right under my nose and I didn’t know about it! I tend to make little bags and such as gifts, so I have more use for quilting fabrics than you might. I also got some great fabric to make sewing machine covers (still on the to-do stack)…

    • Thanks for the tips and encouragement. I’ve been slowly digging out of my no-jo pity party. I got 3 quick and simple projects done since this post and may tackle the bike tank today. What have you’ve been sewing lately? I hope a slew of blog posts are coming soon.

  7. Betsy says:

    I love the graph! that is the story of my life. Sewing seems to be just a random detail along the way these days when there is other non-sewing-sewing related work to do. It truly is a thought provoking conundrum. You may have triggered a sewing related existential crisis for me.
    S.A.B.L.E that cracks me up. Try living in a small apartment and then you will be forced to admit max capacity.

  8. Vanessa says:

    What a wonderful store!!!!! I laughed at how you don’t use quilting cotton to sew for yourself…me either!!! : ) As far as getting your mojo back, I agree with just doing it! I usually get all my snacks together, put on some nice music (not turned up too loud), then get started. Time usually flies by then.

    • Sounds like the best course is to just get started so I sewing up some simple projects just to get the juices flowing. Thanks for the tips on the snacks. I think snacks and maybe a little wine would help immensely keep my energy up.

  9. Caroline says:

    You are toooooo funny! S.A.B.L.E. I have that too. And seriously, ventura has a story as fantastic as this? I have been reconciling myself to the fact that I may well be living in Ventura when I get back… and suddenly I feel “ok” about it. Miss you!!!!

  10. Lyndle says:

    What a great shop! I love the Bee touches – real attention to detail.
    In my limited experience, the only way to get the mojo back is to start something simple, without it. Sometimes it comes when I pet my stash. But as your graph totally applies in my case, usually I’m driven to sewing by facing the fact that I cannot shop any more. Pick some piece of fabric you love and Sew Something!

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