View Full Version : Anyone else really, really into soft fabrics?


trashion
02-16-09, 05:55 PM
It occurred to me a long time ago that I am really, really into soft things, especially bedding. I love soft blankets.

Here's a picture of my bed:
<img src="http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b41/juliesgotagun/Photo547.jpg">

Satin comforter, silky soft faux-fur blanket over the pillows to rest against when sitting in bed, faux-fur blankets at the foot of the bed to use as needed, etc.

I never really noticed for a long time, either. A friend commented one day last year on the array of soft bedding I have, and it just clicked. When I'm in stores, I can't help but touch silk clothes, satin sheets, etc. I don't think it's really a problem, but just an odd personal tic.

Anyone else know what I mean?

stef
02-16-09, 05:59 PM
um, I'm on the couch with the laptop, a satin comforter and 2 soft blankets!

ADHDTigger
02-16-09, 06:08 PM
I tend to be very sensitive to how things feel on my skin. I won't wear or sleep in fabrics that aren't soft.

I also love the feel of beads strung in temporary hanks. You can really feel the fineness of the bead that way. I have bean bag wrist rests that are fun to touch. Virtually everything that I have a great deal of contact with has to be pleasing to touch.

Things that aren't fun to touch are a distraction. Socks that don't fit quite right or bad elastic in a bra or waistband is grounds for constant distraction. I remove tags from necklines and anything close to my body because I know that they will bother me.

All that said, I think that ADHDers have a tendency to be hyper sensitive to other senses as well. I know I am to sound and movement in my peripheral range. I'm also hyper sensitive to light. This is with and without medication.

trashion
02-16-09, 06:40 PM
Tigger-I know exactly what you mean about the beads!

I'm very hyper-sensitive to sounds. If my roommate and her boyfriend are in here talking, I can never get ANY work done. Same thing if there is music playing down the hall that I can (even faintly!) hear, etc.

ADHDTigger
02-16-09, 07:45 PM
Tigger-I know exactly what you mean about the beads!

I'm very hyper-sensitive to sounds. If my roommate and her boyfriend are in here talking, I can never get ANY work done. Same thing if there is music playing down the hall that I can (even faintly!) hear, etc.

I will make a bet that you also have VERY acute hearing. I can hear my neighbor's television when on a different floor and as far away from the shared wall as I can get. Drives me out of my tree!

somuchbetter
02-16-09, 07:49 PM
I am definitely the same way. In fact I think I'm going to go change into some sweatpants right now...

qhcowgirl
02-16-09, 08:11 PM
OMG yes! lol

I LOVE soft things. Soft clothes, soft bedding, soft anything. If the material is only slight scratchy or uncomfy in one area, it drives me nuts all day or I won't be able to sleep.

Logic
02-16-09, 10:16 PM
I have a tactile sensitivity thing going on, I can't have anything touching my forearms, I have to roll up the sleeves on my shirts and hoodies, and catch myself rubbing or itching my arms when Its cold out and I've had to put on a long sleeved coat or jacket.
I find it difficult to even wear a watch, unless it's a good heavy one, in which case I seem not to mind as much.

As for bedding, I find it's not a softness thing with me, it's definitely more to do with the weight of it. Thin little sheets and blankets don't cut it for me, I can't sleep feeling like I'll float away all night!
At the moment, I've got heavy cotton sheets, a winter duvet, and a weighted blanket (25lb) thrown on top. It's the only way I can sleep properly, it's a reassuring feeling for some reason having a little weight 'securing' me in bed.
I also can't wear night-clothes in bed, I've insisted on being naked in bed since I was a toddler.

trashion
02-16-09, 10:31 PM
I also can't wear night-clothes in bed, I've insisted on being naked in bed since I was a toddler.

Same here! I can't deal with pajamas.

ADHDTigger
02-17-09, 01:34 PM
Same here! I can't deal with pajamas.

The closest I get to pajamas is sweats. Pajamas don't work for me either.

pADDyjay
02-17-09, 02:34 PM
:)anything fleece...heavenly

justcallmedorie
02-17-09, 03:34 PM
In the stores, I see things that look soft and touchable and I.Must.Touch.Them! I'm as bad for "ooooh, soft" as I am for "ooooh, shiny"! Oh, and I like exclamation points-LOL.

qhcowgirl
02-17-09, 04:17 PM
In the stores, I see things that look soft and touchable and I.Must.Touch.Them! I'm as bad for "ooooh, soft" as I am for "ooooh, shiny"! Oh, and I like exclamation points-LOL.

Oh yes! I'm the one walking through the clothes store touching everything in sight.

And if it's soft, I'm stuck there. Have to look at the price tag. lol

ADHDTigger
02-17-09, 05:40 PM
Oh yes! I'm the one walking through the clothes store touching everything in sight.

And if it's soft, I'm stuck there. Have to look at the price tag. lol

Cashmere. I can't go near a store that has cashmere on display. I'm lost.

My mom taught me to sew and touching the fabric is an important part of that. Looking at the drape and feeling the "hand" tells you if a fabric can be used for a pattern. You want to safely play with soft things? Go to a fabric store.

I can only go to a bead store if I have a responsible adult with me. Thank God my partner indulges me!

qhcowgirl
02-17-09, 05:48 PM
Cashmere. I can't go near a store that has cashmere on display. I'm lost.

My mom taught me to sew and touching the fabric is an important part of that. Looking at the drape and feeling the "hand" tells you if a fabric can be used for a pattern. You want to safely play with soft things? Go to a fabric store.

I can only go to a bead store if I have a responsible adult with me. Thank God my partner indulges me!


You sew too? So do I! lol

Except fabric stores often drive me nuts! At least the ones I go have little quality fabric. Either I don't like the pattern, it's too expensive, or it just doesn't FEEL right!

There's nothing like sewing with good quality fabric! Or wearing good fabric. Soooo soft. :D

novagal
02-17-09, 06:16 PM
Soft is great, but I really like crisp too, as in 100% cotton. It's natural fibers for me. I can't stand the feel of synthetics. They've gotten better, but I'll take 100 % natural fibers over just about anything. Sweats are my jammies too. (wear around the house jammies, I don't wear them to bed, too bulky) I like my fibers to breathe. Like me.

100% Cotton sheets with a nice fat thread count is my favorite - I love the crisp cool feeling of those. Fortunately my husband does too. For you "soft" lovers, have you seen (or felt) bamboo sheets? I felt them at the store and they were soft as a whisper. Not enough substance for me though.

And 3/4 sleeve shirts make me crazy! Especially when I'm layering - if I'm wearing it by itself, I just push the sleeves up, but if I'm layering something over it, I've got this rediculous sense of something out of place about mid-forearm. No amount of self-talk will get me to just let it go. I've had to come back home and change over it.

Oh - can we talk for just a minute about the horrrrrible pants my mom used to make me (and make me wear) when polyester first came out, complete with elastic waistbands? Some of you know first hand what kind of polyester I'm talking about. She thought it was the greatest thing since sliced bread. I felt like I was wearing styrofoam packing material. And it kind of sparkled in the sunlight. And people pointed and laughed! Oh the humanity!

mmmm, I have to go now.....

*running off to find my happy place*

trashion
02-17-09, 06:28 PM
I have a bamboo shirt, it's so comfy!

ADHDTigger
02-17-09, 08:30 PM
Soft is great, but I really like crisp too, as in 100% cotton. It's natural fibers for me. I can't stand the feel of synthetics. They've gotten better, but I'll take 100 % natural fibers over just about anything. Sweats are my jammies too. (wear around the house jammies, I don't wear them to bed, too bulky) I like my fibers to breathe. Like me.

100% Cotton sheets with a nice fat thread count is my favorite - I love the crisp cool feeling of those. Fortunately my husband does too. For you "soft" lovers, have you seen (or felt) bamboo sheets? I felt them at the store and they were soft as a whisper. Not enough substance for me though.

And 3/4 sleeve shirts make me crazy! Especially when I'm layering - if I'm wearing it by itself, I just push the sleeves up, but if I'm layering something over it, I've got this rediculous sense of something out of place about mid-forearm. No amount of self-talk will get me to just let it go. I've had to come back home and change over it.

Oh - can we talk for just a minute about the horrrrrible pants my mom used to make me (and make me wear) when polyester first came out, complete with elastic waistbands? Some of you know first hand what kind of polyester I'm talking about. She thought it was the greatest thing since sliced bread. I felt like I was wearing styrofoam packing material. And it kind of sparkled in the sunlight. And people pointed and laughed! Oh the humanity!

mmmm, I have to go now.....

*running off to find my happy place*


Dear God, will NOTHING erase the memory of the bulletproof purple polyester pants that I wore for way too long? Truly- bordered on child abuse.

Mom had five of us so made virtually all of our clothes when we were kids. Her trick was to buy fabric by the pound and make each of us the same thing. This resulted in memories that electro-shock therapy or pre-frontal lobotomy can't touch.

Nova, sweetie, I not only know EXACTLY what you are talking about, I think it added years to my therapy needs. There is even photographic evidence that this horror was visited on me. I mentioned that Mom taught me how to sew but neglected to mention that it was a self defense move for me!

I see kids in the throwback to the 60's and 70's stuff and wonder why they are doing that to themselves. It was ugly as sin the first time around. Nothing improved! Wedgies. Platform heels. For men too! I can't take the pain!

I have some real hyper sensitivity issues with 3/4 sleeves too. If I buy something that has them, they visit my sewing table before they get worn. I also can't stand things too fitted around my neck- turtles and mock turtles are a thing of Satan!- or tight on my wrists. My younger sister gave me a beautiful wrist watch for Christmas that I can't wear because the band makes me crazy. My eldest sister gave me the wrist watch that she had given Mom before she died and I can only wear it for short periods even though it is quite loose.

In Minnesota, the best way to survive winter is flannel sheets and down comforters. In the summer very light, very soft sheets and blankets work nicely.

Synthetic fabrics are not worth actually putting on one's body. At least not mine. I DO wear a lot of polar fleece though. I live in a state that went through a week where the HIGH for the WEEK was -6. From my perspective, polar fleece is self defense!

novagal
02-17-09, 11:57 PM
Tigger, you are now officially the Uber-Validator. Plastic "fabric" by the pound. I cannot even imagine.

On a happier note, after the neighbor dog gets a bath, I play with his ears until I rub holes in them. They're the softest things ever.

Polar fleece is pretty wonderful, I do have to admit. I own a couple of fleece jackets myself. I'd love to own some bamboo clothing - I'll bet it's wonderfully cool.

Driver
02-18-09, 02:00 AM
I have a tactile sensitivity thing going on, I can't have anything touching my forearms, I have to roll up the sleeves on my shirts and hoodies, and catch myself rubbing or itching my arms when Its cold out and I've had to put on a long sleeved coat or jacket.
I find it difficult to even wear a watch, unless it's a good heavy one, in which case I seem not to mind as much.

As for bedding, I find it's not a softness thing with me, it's definitely more to do with the weight of it. Thin little sheets and blankets don't cut it for me, I can't sleep feeling like I'll float away all night!
At the moment, I've got heavy cotton sheets, a winter duvet, and a weighted blanket (25lb) thrown on top. It's the only way I can sleep properly, it's a reassuring feeling for some reason having a little weight 'securing' me in bed.
I also can't wear night-clothes in bed, I've insisted on being naked in bed since I was a toddler.

Change the name at the top of the post from Logic to Driver and you've described me.

Logic
02-18-09, 11:58 AM
Excellent, so it's not just me! : )

GIRLinterrupted
02-18-09, 12:00 PM
Tigger-I know exactly what you mean about the beads!

I'm very hyper-sensitive to sounds. If my roommate and her boyfriend are in here talking, I can never get ANY work done. Same thing if there is music playing down the hall that I can (even faintly!) hear, etc.

I make beaded room dividers the sound is so gentle with the ocean breezing through my room with the window crack just right. Too much and they whip about... very soothing to my mind on the tough days...

equilibrium
09-28-09, 09:51 PM
I am under a cushy soft heated blanket on the couch with the laptop. I love soft fabrics. My mom's hubbie who is undiagnosed adhd loves soft things-he has fascination with soft textures-slippers, housecoats, blankets. haha.

I sleep with my normal duvet with one of those super soft blankets that I put against my face to help me sleep. As soon as I lean my neck and face on soft blankie, it is comforting and I fall asleep.

I love slippers, soft comfy ones, and housecoats too (only soft ones). Perhaps it is obsession with soft, warm, cozy =calmer nerves, mind,etc.

Raspberrynoodle
10-01-09, 05:45 AM
Oh wow. I thought this was just a thing abou learning through touch and 'doing'. I had no idea my obsession with how things feel was an ADD 'thing'!

I love textures, high thread count sheets, snuggly blankets, warm sun, I walk barefoot all the time to feel the textures!

Oh and I have slept naked since I was a kid... I hate layers and tangling!

bumblebe
10-01-09, 05:54 AM
Thats funny. Im super sensitive to fabrics. I rate hotels and resorts soley on the thread count of their sheets and what blankets and towels they use. I could care less about everything else.

I definately appreciate soft fabrics. One of my favorite necesitys in life.

chips
10-01-09, 09:00 AM
I can so relate to all the posts.

I love Egyptian cotton sateen sheets...so smooth & silky & so is my doona/duvet/quilt (no sure of all the wordings).

I also have a thing with my bedding for me to sleep at night has to be really weighty. Even in summer when it is so hot I have to have something on me or I can't get to sleep but I can't wear any clothes in bed, it just drives me nuts & as soon as I turn over I feel like I'm all twisted & tied up! I have actually in my sleep in bed when on an odd occasion staying away from home I have worken up without the nightie I had on when I went to bed. Somehow disrobed in my sleep :D

Have a so nice fleece TV blanket which I have to fight for with my cat & love my fleece top which I've had for years. I just hope it lasts another 40 :p

And yep 3/4 sleeves do my head in. I'm a roll up, push sleeve person & when this option has been taken from me I end up trying to push up the 3/4 sleeves to the elbows but just doesn't work as there is not enough material to push up...sigh.

Trouskers
02-10-10, 11:50 AM
soft blankets are my weakness. I could hold or wear something soft forever!

sarey
02-11-10, 10:21 AM
I love soft fabrics too. =)

daveddd
02-11-10, 11:33 AM
i would drape myself in velvet if it were socially acceptable

carped1em
02-12-10, 04:33 AM
i would drape myself in velvet if it were socially acceptable LOLOL! george...

I'm still the kid getting stared at and scolded for touching stuff. I'm not even conscious that I'm doing it most of the time. :o

It's anything interesting I come across (which is almost everything), but one of my favorites is definitely fabric.
One of my friends is a seamstress and I used to go hang out with her at work. The store wasn't usually busy, so I walked up and down each aisle while we talked (usually for an hour or two) just finger-sploring.
If anyone was in the store, they thought nothing of my walking around & touching all the fabric. It was my quiet, tactile playground.
She works in the fabric dept. at Walmart now. Sure, people still don't catch my touch weirdness but I rarely visit her there. It's not quite as magical an experience two aisles over from electronics.:(

I have a thick, fluffy, butter soft sock obsession. I don't know how many pair I own. In the summer it's flip flops or nothing at all, unless I'm driving.

I can't sleep with clothes (except for the right socks) & anything more than a heavenly, fleece sheet set makes me extremely claustrophobic to the point I have to get up and walk around.
I also have to fall asleep with a hand touching a cold spot on the wall & one foot/leg hanging off the bed, my sock obsession comes in very handy during those winter nights.

curiosity721
02-12-10, 06:23 AM
I'm into any fabric with lent on it. When I was younger I'd rub the shirt or cover and suck mmy thumb. I don't know why ;D

peripatetic
02-12-10, 06:23 AM
i love soft fabric! it has to be a natural fabric, though, like cotton or angora or something; synthetic fabrics creep me out.

as much as i love soft bedding and clothes, anything frilly or dangly makes me shudder. i may be one of very, very few women who has never worn or owned jewelry. things made out of little clusters of stuff, like beads and those dangly earrings/necklaces/etc also freak me out, although i have no idea why.

ADHDTigger
02-12-10, 08:17 PM
Re-reading this thread reminds me again why I love this place. It is so nice to feel so NORMAL!

brain chatter
03-04-10, 04:37 PM
satin sheets, and under armour shirts, cept when you 1st put on...a little snug but the feel takes the distraction away.

when i do buy clothes i touch everything thoroughly and go from there..not soft, not bought

AngelNicki
03-08-10, 12:46 AM
I am! When I was a kid and my mom would take me in the store, I was always reaching out to touch all of the clothes that looked soft. Actually I STILL do that! I love soft blankets, soft sweatshirts, soft stuffed animals, soft real animals, etc!

Werl
06-06-10, 04:40 AM
Same here. I have sheets made out of the pajama material. SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO soft. I wash my blankets until they are soft.
I also like the memory foam. Not the feel of it, but just squishing it. I have a pillow made of memory foam. I also can't ware long sleeved shirts. Grass on my feet, makes me shudder.

Marspider
06-06-10, 05:26 PM
Yes, I hate slithery material too. I have a very pretty dress made out of polyester but I won't wear it cause it's polyester and it's got BUTTONS! I hate buttons. Cannot stand them. I won't wear shirts with buttons. I only wear them if they are really really cute though I'll be uncomfortable the rest of the day. Buttons gape and leave little holes and you have many areas of rub on your skin from the buttons. I don't know how to explain but I don't like buttoned shirts or dresses next to my skin.

I also don't like tucking in anything . I don't like anything that touches or digs into my belly and dislike belts which is unfortunate because due to my body shape, trousers and jeans are always gigantic around my waist. My sister and mother call me buttcrack, as my trousers often sag down... my response is to wear cuter underwear.. yes I know, I know.
It's better these days as trousers are not so low riding but a few years ago, oy.

Lunacie
06-06-10, 06:59 PM
I missed this wonderful thread the first time round so Thank You for bumping it. I definately belong to this club. All those years of wearing stiff bras with non-stretch straps that constantly slid off my round shoulders! And then - they were replaced with synthetic stretch material - holy crap the years of rashes I endured from those. I totally love sports bras - all cotton but soft and stretchy with wonderful wide stretch straps that stay in place! Yeah, they're "white gramma bras" but they're soooo comfortable.

I wear mostly soft cotton t-shirts and jeans or jean shorts. My mother sewed too and I wore polyester stretch pants with elastic waists for more years than I want to remember (fortunately I have sucky memory).

And ditto on the sheets. My favorites are the nice smooth cotton sheets and I haunt yard sales and thrift stores for ones that have been washed many times so they're even softer. Of course I have to wash them another 5 or 6 times to get rid of the left-over fabric softener smell in them, gosh that stuff lingers forever.

In the summer I want a light sheet on the bed, nothing more, sometimes I kick it off and then later on when the temperature cools off I pull it up with just my feet sticking out the side. I cannot sleep on those cheap combination polyester-cotton sheets from the discount store. They make my skin itch. *shudders*

But I can't sleep on any sheet that is wrinkled. Nice clean sheets that haven't gotten wrinkled promote the most comfortable sleep for me.

Nylon isn't like those synthetic stretch pants - I have to wear a nylon gown to sleep in. I have back problems and those let me slide around in the bed instead of sticking and dragging and getting all wrinkled around me (more wrinkles = bad!) But if I sleep nakie then all I can feel are the wrinkles in the sheet and I can't get out of bed because I can't slide over to the edge.

Kay.
07-30-10, 04:37 AM
Definitely me too! I also find I always pick? at things. Like the corners of pillows especially when I was younger. And I also sucked my thumb and touch/rub the soft fabrics (Baby blanket especially), and I find I still do this if I'm incredibly stressed and not thinking about it.

Werl
07-30-10, 01:47 PM
This is the exact reason why I didn't ware jeanes for about 6 years. They are softer now.

Rebelyell
07-30-10, 09:49 PM
Yes sweats and a soft cool sheet or blanket helps me fall asleep,the dog pawing my arm w his soft paw use to make me fall asleep too.

danelady
07-31-10, 02:00 AM
This reminds me of something my son used to do till he was around 4. He used to hold the satin edge of his banky between his fingers and just play with it,eventually falling asleep.

I know that I CANNOT sleep with anything covering my feet. It might be frigid out but I like my feet to be free and unencumbered.

Werl
07-31-10, 02:50 PM
I still only actually own one pair of jeans (that fit).

salleh
07-31-10, 03:43 PM
It doesn't matter what the bedding is made out of ....I'll have it all on the floor by morning.....I have to baste my sheets and blankets to the end of the bed if I want to keep them on .....even with stretchy corners on the bottom sheets......


I'm not sure what on earth I do in my sleep,.... fight dragons ? long distance running ?? but my bedding takes a beating ......


and my senses of touch is big with furniture too, I owned an antique shop and my furniture had to be silky to the touch, something about wood furniture makes me want to run my hand over it, and it should feel like glass.......very tactile....


...but it's the fabrics, all about the fabrics......several years ago, when I lived in LA, I found the area where they made clothes, and their dumpsters were always full of the most wonderful fabrics......a lot of the time it was just scraps from the cutting out process, but if you were digilant, you could find the end pieces......and they could be a couple of yards of the stuff, and sometimes, I'd get huge pieces, one such place was always throwing out stretch terry cloth and challis, wonderful soft beautifully draping challis, in soft colors......and they tossed pieces out that were huge ....60 inches wide ( standard for factory fabric) and I even got a 40 yard long piece one day ......( they made those lined, hooded, pocketed, belted robes for spas, I saw won at a thrift shop one day with the price tag still on it ,........$125 !!)




........then there was the sweater place, sweater fabric of all weights and types, some with gold thread running through it.....and you could cut it like regular fabric and it wouldn't unravel.....sigh .....the stuff comes already with the ribbed ends in it, and different lengths, like for short sleeves and long bodies and such, and all the fold over braid to match .......


......I had enough fabric to literally fill a 2 car garage floor to ceiling with yards of these great fabrics, all 60 inches wide, all high quality fabric that you can never buy in stores, packed into banana boxes ............I go to fabric stores now and ...well, the quality just isn't there, and the types and styles are just lame .........



....what I would give just to have a small portion of that fabric now !

manismom
09-25-10, 11:59 AM
Wow. To feel normal about this. sigh :)

As I type, I have a canvas purse that I bought at a yard sale that I touch and touch and touch. It has become the latest in a long, long line of "woobie"s.

I do this all the time. Sheets have to be 100% cotton, high thread count, and just the slightest bit fuzzy. I touch/rub them as I am falling asleep. I touch/rub them as I am waking up. I talk myself into getting out of bed by reminding myself that my "woobie" is waiting and I can touch that.

I have started to bring "woobie" with me wherever I go. I touch it so much that Husband says I look like I have a bomb in it (cuz I am snuggling and keeping it close). I have been carrying a new purse, but I just can't quit you, "woobie".

I am 39 years old!

My daughter had a "special blankie" that was made of satin. She would pinch it, and rub it with and against the grain (I used to do this too!) as she was falling asleep or whenever she was stressed.

Other daughter (5 yrs old) literally cannot stop herself from touching clothing, stuffed animals, anything that looks soft. She is under-responsive to touch and proprioception. For those who don't know, proprioception is the sense that tells you where your body is in space (with your eyes closed, can you tell where your arm is without moving it?). She likes to be covered with heavy blankets when she sleeps and has used a weighted blanket to help with concentration.

It makes sense that some here have said they need a heavy blanket to sleep, since we are talking sensory issues here and heavy blankets are used all the time for sensory issues. They help those with proprioception problems tell more easliy where their bodies are in space.

Check out "The Out of Sync Child" for more info about sensory issues like these!

Werl
09-25-10, 05:20 PM
I touch everything. It dosing matter what it is, I have the uncontrollable urge to touch it. I can actually hear those mouse sound things. Low background noises really push my buttons as well. Go to go, my dad is yelling at me to help clean out our garage.

fracturedstory
11-09-10, 01:08 AM
I love wet towels.

That is all.

Microwench
01-18-11, 07:05 PM
I have always joked that I choose my clothing based on feel/texture first, then color (certain colors bug me) then style or fit.

I have super-crazy sensitive feet. Socks must be just so as far as material, seams, etc. I hate wearing socks unless it is cold. At the same time, I hate hate hate getting stuff stuck to my feet when walking barefoot. I will lurch to a stop in order to brush my feet off.

notsoplainJane
01-24-11, 11:18 PM
I can sense polyester a mile away. Well, maybe not exactly, but I can tell when something has polyester in it. Manufacturers try to disguise their polyester as satin, which is only the texture, not the actual fabric. I'd rather wear a rough dupioni silk than a smooth, polyester satin.

Acrylic -- I'd rather go naked.

I think a lot of it for me is the breathability. Even just a touch of a synthetic blend repels me.

dsvlil1
01-25-11, 07:55 AM
Soft textured fabric is definately my "oooh shiny".
I love fabric and yarn stores and have collected boxes of fabric just cos I really like the texture and think I'll make something out of it. Never happens though.
I cannot stand synthetics though, my faves are cotton and bamboo.

yellowflowers
09-15-12, 10:36 AM
:thankyou:

So glad I found this thread! (that was not aN intentional pun.... :D)

I'm the same. Really sensitive to textures (and smell). I've always tried to hide this. I LOVE soft stuff. when home from work anywhere, I put straight on my snuggly clothes. Can't relax in clothes with restrictions! In fact, tight clothes bit of a prob for me esp on my legs, drives moe NUTS as in I try them on and then have to tear them off before I go crazy with the feel of it.

Sleeping when its warm is hard because like others have said, I need a bit of weight on top of me, and I cover even my head when sleeping (will have a little air hole if not too cold....). Can relate to what... I can't find back who said it, sorry, that if don't have heavy blankets might float away! Can sort of sense my edges under a heavy blanket and feel more like I know where I am :o

Anything like tags, itchy wool, tight wrist bands/waist band, one sock shorter than other etc will drive me nuts all day.

maybe the ladies will relate...but I found it took my so damn long to get used to wearing a bra, I HATED IT!!! And still do most of the time, can't relax properly with the damn things on. Tying up my hair so its pulling somewhere also drives my crackers.

I was the kid who touched EVERYTHING. Even when that damn sign said 'do not touch' I could not resist. Also I like to sniff things :D ooo I love the smell of certain things you see, but also, its like to get the sense of something (like a purse in a shop or something) I want to feel it and sniff it. If no one's looking I would be happy to also rub it on my face!!!

I do try to resist this. Its not really ok to go into a shop and systematically make your way around the shelfs touching every single object. And you tend to get evils from the owners too..... And of course picking stuff up that is breakable? well I;ve broken a fair few shop things in my time :o

at night I lie on a folded really soft blanket on my pillow. I LOVE flannel fabric, cotten, fleece - I wear pjs, opposit to a lot of you guys, I can't sleep WITHOUT pjs and really soft fluffy socks. But the pjs need to be uber soft, no scratchy/tight bits, no underwear/ bits sticking into me. I tuck my pj bottoms into my socks or the gap will drive me nuts all night.

I never understood how people didn't mind buying food that was packaged so you couldn't smell it? and then I try resist sniffing fresh produce because it doesnt look too great..... its hard for me in a store to not handle fruit and stuff and feel it and sniff it before buying it. I try resist (hygiene!).

I love love love the feel and smell of wood polished wood. And beads yeh, every bead in a shop I'm giving a little squeeze.

My sense of touch and smell seems too strong. Its good cause I really enjoy stuff, but can be bad in that certain smells are intolerable to my, or make me nauseous, can't ignore filter them out.

Same for touch. Like tissues. I find them really hard to handle. I thing its the same reaction some ppl have to cotton buds/ nails on a blackboard. If someone is wiping dry sticky stuff with a tissue I go nuts, its like the teeth in my mouth ache.

I don't like silky stuff. Especially what is probably fake silk where the back of the fabric has a different texture and if you rub it the textures feel horrible. I can be going along touching stuff and its all lovely until something I touch feels HORRIBLE! Like sometimes a fleece looks nice, you go up to touch it and whatever way the fabric is made its sort of squeaky/nasty.

I also find jeans really hard to wear. You can get super soft ones somethimes. The are just really hard and stiff and thick and I feel trapped in them.

Some towels feel horrible too and I can't touch them. Or certain scrub sponges. I don't like velvet because when you run against the fabric it feels horrible. Holding dry dry wood, like the dry wood on a icelolli I can't stand either.

I lik squeezing something in my hand, or just, I want something in my hand to feel and squish and fiddle with. Or to stuff up against my face. This could be the figeity restless thing though.


XXx

yellowflowers
09-15-12, 10:41 AM
Yeh, I forgot to say why I hide it, I guess I've always felt all that is something to be ashamed of. A secret in my that is bad and weird and really really CHILDISH. Its hard being an adult, or even an older child, who likes textures like that... people don't approve

Crazygirl79
09-15-12, 06:58 PM
I am so into soft materials it isn't funny so yes I relate!

Selena

Rebelyell
09-15-12, 08:16 PM
yes yes If I dont feel my velor blanket against me its like I dont sleep well.I know its sounds so weird and cornyn like a kid w his favorite stuffed animal or something.

Kirstie
09-18-12, 09:19 AM
My husband is always telling me to stop touching everything in the store. Sometimes I feel like I can't see it properly until I touch it :)
I hate stiff or silky fabrics, tags on my neck drive me crazy, I don't like wearing a lot of layers or bulky clothes, I like my shoelaces done up super tight and can't stand if a sock starts to slip into the shoe haha. I don't like dangly earrings, watches and I redo my pony tail constantly - I'm with you yellowflowes, I can't stand that tiny bit of hair pulling from somewhere :) I know this is not very green but in summer I still sleep under my doona (comforter/duvet) and turn the air conditioner on.
Im also sensitive to smells, I can't be in the room when my husband is cooking with a frypan or on the BBQ. As a kid I remember yelling at my mum that she had to turn the car air conditioner off because the air smelled funny haha oh what a pain in the *** I was... or am ;)

PixiePlumber
09-18-12, 09:29 AM
I'm 90% sure I have sensory processing disorder anyway but I even annoy myself with touching things. Hair and fur is the main thing. I'm terrible with looking after pets but I can't stop touching them if they're soft... like cats... or furry blankets... I have dreadlocks but the ends of them have started straightening out a little and they're so silky, I have to backcomb them or knot them so I stop obsessively touching my hair.

Even as a kid I liked hair... and eyelashes. Everyone thinks they're rough but they obviously aren't stroking them right. Adults used to get annoyed at me for touching hair and eyelashes too much.

But I'm also hypersensitive to tastes/sounds too... usually in bad ways :(

Flory
09-18-12, 09:40 AM
i really like soft clothing and bedding etc, because of my co-morbid dyspraxia a lot of clothies and fabrics irritate my skin or make me extra wriggly (f**king adhd) so i like soft things for sure.....im also 23 and still sleep with a comfort blanket by my face >.<

ana futura
09-18-12, 02:44 PM
maybe the ladies will relate...but I found it took my so damn long to get used to wearing a bra, I HATED IT!!! And still do most of the time, can't relax properly with the damn things on. Tying up my hair so its pulling somewhere also drives my crackers.

I can't wear bras at all. Thank the gods I'm very flat, I have no idea what I'd do if wasn't. They make me feel like I can't breathe. I'll wear them for interviews and what not, but they make so uncomfortable, it's awful. I have no idea how women manage to wear those things every day.

Ditto on the hair thing too.

Lunacie
09-18-12, 03:34 PM
I can't wear bras at all. Thank the gods I'm very flat, I have no idea what I'd do if wasn't. They make me feel like I can't breathe. I'll wear them for interviews and what not, but they make so uncomfortable, it's awful. I have no idea how women manage to wear those things every day.

Ditto on the hair thing too.

Sports bras all the way here.

Stretch cotton is such an improvement over the stiff cotton ones I wore

in high school, or the horrible rubber ones I wore after that.

I swear they were rubber! Horrible things!

NO underwires ... EVER!

I have to wear a bra, gets more important the older I get. :lol:

Flory
09-18-12, 05:16 PM
i dont know if you guys have the brand superdry in the usa but they make these gorgeous sports bras, no clips or metal they give you a nice shape and they look pretty cool as well (i have luminous pink and an ornage one) they also sell matching girl boxers to them ...absolutely lovely

Lunacie
09-18-12, 06:16 PM
i dont know if you guys have the brand superdry in the usa but they make these gorgeous sports bras, no clips or metal they give you a nice shape and they look pretty cool as well (i have luminous pink and an ornage one) they also sell matching girl boxers to them ...absolutely lovely

Did a web search - they don't make them in my size? Too expensive for me.

Flory
09-18-12, 08:27 PM
ahh thats a pain they might have run out of sizes, they dont go by cup its xs-xl i think and they retail for 14.99 over here though they may be more expensive stateside as its an english brand :(

Cranski
09-18-12, 08:57 PM
I went to bed bath and beyond for the first time ever a while ago....

The security guy started following me for about thirty minutes till I left the store. But there towels and blankets are so freakin awesome. I was almost like a kid in a candy store rubing every towel, blanket and sheet. Its definatly attributed to the touch, hearing, and smell sensory atributes of my adhd.

Flory
09-18-12, 08:59 PM
I went to bed bath and beyond for the first time ever a while ago....

The security guy started following me for about thirty minutes till I left the store. But there towels and blankets are so freakin awesome. I was almost like a kid in a candy store rubing every towel, blanket and sheet. Its definatly attributed to the touch, hearing, and smell sensory atributes of my adhd.

:lol::lol::lol::lol:

i like rubbing fabric too ^_^ cranski...you are a legend...what makes it even better is that you didnt buy anything...you went in there touched fabrics and left...pure awesomeness >.< i sometimes do that at the fabric store :D

Phoenix Ash
09-21-12, 06:32 AM
I require my fabrics to feel yummy! I can't stand clothes that aren't soft or silky... hated working in the corporate world cos it was so hard to be comfortable... (EFF pantyhose!)

And yes, high thread count sheets, squishy soft pillows, yada yada... As I type this, there is a pile of 5 (FIVE!) soft blankies stacked in a cubby nearby, and those are just the beige ones! I have been known to buy clothes that don't even come close to fitting me because that's the only size they had and I couldn't resist the fabric... :lol:

Once, for Christmas, a good friend of mine had bought me a long sweater jacket that she just knew I'd love. When I opened the gift, she kept exclaiming about how happy she was to have found something so soft for me and I just had to smile and nod as if I agreed, but... well, it looked good, but it felt awful! I suppose a lot of people might define it as mildly soft, maybe (??), but to me it felt like burlap. I didn't have the heart to tell her... But at least I can layer it over stuff in the fall and it doesn't have to touch my skin.

Phoenix Ash
09-21-12, 06:43 AM
The softness fetish extends to my own skin, too... cannot stand letting it get dry or rough. I don't even like shaking hands with people who have rough, calloused hands. Never consciously thought about it before, but even my partners tend to have nice skin.

I'm a tactile freak, really. When I was a kid my mother used to leave me at home (or in the car) rather than take me shopping cos I always had to touch everything. To this day, if it looks the slightest bit inviting I have to make a beeline for it, even if I'm on an urgent mission for something else. I hate it when the packaging keeps me from getting my grubby little hands on it! :giggle:

Part of all this comes from ADD of course, and therefore being pretty intolerant of clothes that annoy or distract me (tags, itchies, tight elastics, etc), but part is also just that I'm a very tactile person. I carry no shame or embarrassment about it. I think I get the same sort of pleasure from things that feel nice that others might get from, say, looking at art they admire. I just look at delicious fabrics to be one of the pleasures of life, same as delicious foods or anything else.

Flory
09-21-12, 08:26 AM
i like buying scarfs but soft ones, and rubbing them on my face

_Madderall
01-02-13, 05:18 AM
I refuse to wear jeans in the house. Or shoes. I wear mesh shorts or something.

Arei
01-08-13, 12:27 AM
Who DOESN'T love soft fabrics? P:

As long as it's not itchy/scratchy/too warm, the texture of clothes doesn't bother me one way or the other, but I have to have soft blankets/sheets to sleep on or I am so uncomfortable.

Wrenchman
07-06-14, 07:54 PM
I have always had a love for pantyhose. I can remember as a young boy liking the soft feel of pantyhose. Accidentally touching a foot covered pantyhose while sitting in a circle around a teacher/adult reading stories in kindergarten/first grade. I never put the like of the way pantyhose feel to a sensory relationship to ADHD. I just thought I was weird LOL

markw94404
04-10-17, 12:35 AM
I have been into soft things forever, when I w a child I use to take my fathers cotten and use it to tickle myself, when I got older, i bought fleece clothing of which I now have an obscene amount.

Swissy
08-13-17, 09:05 AM
Yep. Ever since I was a baby I have carried around a blanket with satin edges. Now as an adult I still sleep with a blanket that is silk on one side with silk edges, and the softest fabric on the other side. Since I was a baby I have absent mindedly rubbed my fingers/ finger nails actress the satin... and across my cheek. Sensory thing, huh, had no idea, lol.