Several years ago I was asked to stitch this Elizabeth Bradley kit by a local shopowner. I was delighted because I wanted to stitch one, but the price was just too high. Thinking it over I realized that the price was about what a canvas and all those colors of wool would have been.
Being a bit tight-fisted about threads and having a huge stash myself, i still tend to feel this way about kits. I know many other stitches share this opinion.
Around this time I was also teaching in-person classes and realized early on the creating kits for teachers is both expensive and time-consuming.
But are kit costs justified? In her Needle n’Thread blog Mary Corbet provides us with an analysis of what goes into a kit, both from large commercial companies and from designers and teachers and shows us whether it’s worth it or not. Looking at it from the perspectives of both a stitcher and someone in the industry, I think her analysis is right on.
But it’s not going to stop me using my stash whenever possible.
About Janet M Perry
Janet Perry is the Internet's leading authority on needlepoint. She designs, teaches and writes, getting raves from her fans for her innovative techniques, extensive knowledge and generous teaching style. A leading writer of stitch guides, she blogs here and lives on an island in the northeast corner of the SF Bay with her family
ELEANOR REYNOLDS says
thank you !! Great site. It is an all in one. Do not need to pin a dozen others, As well as your site – do not need another needlepoint site. Helps to keep life simple