Monday, June 25, 2018
At the craft store
I was teaching a workshop on hand-stitching over the weekend and had to provide all the materials, so I went to the store to pick up a new supply of embroidery needles. When I think that centuries ago, a woman might own only two needles in her lifetime, I feel a great culture shock. I go through needles by the dozens; not that I lose them, but they mysteriously distribute themselves among my various sewing kits, pincushions, pin dishes, embroidery bags and so forth, and occasionally go to live with my friends and family.
I picked up a couple of packs of needles in the sewing department, along with some fabric, and then went toward the yarn/embroidery section to get a new bag of floss. And to my surprise, found the same embroidery needles in a different color package, with a different logo -- and a considerably lower price.
That's right, in the sewing department, 12 needles for $2.49; in the embroidery department, 16 needles for $1.79!
In the immortal words of Smokey Robinson, you better shop around.