Stitch by Stitch
July 13, 2010 § 10 Comments
Most of you who read my blog are in fact crocheters, knitters, or other fiber-artisans. This isn’t meant to be a “yay me!” but it was an enlightening moment none-the-less.
I was working on the latest skirt for my shop when I realized that could easily calculate how many stitches I had created in making the piece. I sis it out of curiosity at first, and then it became an obsession when I realized just how many stitches went into a project.
that is how many visible and useful stitches there are in that skirt. I was dumbfounded when I realized that my hands created each and every one of those stitches and in the end they interlock with one another and move as a unit to create a finished garment.
This is the same for afghans, hats, baby booties, the list goes on and on.
Do we as artisans respect our own craft? Each stitch in every row? Do we honor that when we price our items?
Unfortunately the answer is so often no. We assume no one will pay a high price for a baby blanket so we devalue our hard work and talent.
Even one of my hats incorporates 1,974 stitches; how many hats have I done?
Look at your hands; thank them for what they do for you.
Look at yourself; realize that you are a talented human being with a gift.
Look at your projects; respect and honor them.
Time is constant, and is easily wasted. Think of your projects as “saved” time.