I know that the usual saying is that something is worth more than the sum of its parts but that is so often not the case with crafts.
I was reminded of that once again today in a charity shop as I spotted on the periphery of my vision the corner of a nice frame with an aperture about 12.5 by 17.5 inches. With a nice detail to the wood.
A turn of the head for a closer look was followed by a double take as this nice frame surrounded a finished Lavender and Lace design complete with metallic threads.
Now the chart only, for this particular design, would currently cost $10.79 on 123 stitch.com or anything from £5.61 to £8 from Etsy Studio. Then there is the fabric, in this case it looks to have been completed on ivory Aida 16 count, so probably another £13. including the extra round the edges for mounting (which I tend to be skimpy about however, I am assuming this stitcher added the recommended extra).
Then the threads, which one site notes as requiring 41 skeins, it is all adding up. One American site quotes $41.28 for a kit.
Hours of sewing time, the cost of the frame, which being a fair size and quite nice and of framing (no mount board but the back looks professional and the result.
|Sweet Dreams by Lavender and Lace|
is my purchase of today which cost me.....£3, yes three pounds. Whilst I have something beautiful to give next time someone who I feel will appreciate this is setting up a nursery I still have a sense of sadness that after all that input this has been valued at considerably less than the sun of its parts.
I hope that the sewing and the giving of it gave much enjoyment to the person who made this (there is no name on the outside and I do not intend taking the back off) and that at least for a while it was loved and appreciated before it came to me.