My grandmother and mother likely saved a little money as they stitched quilts, garments and other items.
I am not sure that is necessarily true anymore.
Most of my friends and customers sew for the love of it.
Stitching soothes many of our souls.
The creations springing forth from our machines and hands are the legacy we leave to our children and grandchildren.
Our God given talent is a way of giving back, as we stitch Wee Care gowns, quilts and blanket for homeless shelters, or head coverings for cancer patients.
We stitch for many reasons, and saving money may not be at the top of our list.
As a consumer, I cannot help but notice rising costs in all areas of my life.
As a shopowner, I cannot help but hear customers' concerns about the rising cost of fabric and other sewing notions and supplies.
To help all of us better understand, I wish to share the following articles.
Jim Salinas, in a recent issue of American Quilt Retailer, explains why cotton prices have increased and how this impacts the price of fabric.
His article may be read here.
In addition, American Quilt Retailer, invited industry leaders to share their vewpoints on the current pricing of cotton commodities.
Their comments may be read here.
As many of the industry leaders ommented, the price of fabric has increased little when compared to the rising costs of other items.
We may not follow in the footsteps of our grandmothers and mothers who saved money when sewing.
We can continue to follow in their footsteps to leave a legacy and spread love with our stitching.
May your stitches soothe your soul today, and may the product of your sewing make someone feel special and loved.