Did you know?………………………..
Most of us know knitting is making fabric from a strand of yarn and usually uses 2 needles. The word knitting derives from the word “knots” and to knit means to tie or join.The earliest fabric pieces which have the appearance of knitting still existing are socks and stockings made in the 300 AD in Egypt.
Crochet derives from the French wood “crochet "
meaning hook. There is no clear evidence to show that people did crochet work before the 1800s so it is a much more modern craft than knitting. The first crochet patterns were published in Europe in 1824. With the industrial revolution machine spun cotton became readily available replacing more expensive linen and so crochet became more popular. Early crochet hooks were nothing more than bent needles stuck into cork, richer ladies used decorated silver, steel, ivory and bone hooks though these were more to set off a rich lady’s fine hands rather than for serious work.
Here are a few facts that came from a survey that is presented By “Quilters Newsletter” in cooperation with the International Quilt Market and Festival, a division of Quilts, Inc.
These results are from a survey conducted for 2010.
14% of US households are home to one active quilter
total quilters in US exceeds 21 million
In 2010 – quilting households spent an average of $219 up 27% from 2006
Estimated total dollar value of quilting industry - $3.58 billion
Dedicated quilters are defined as households that spend more than $600 per year on quilting related purchases
Who is the dedicated quilter? (My profile)
62 years old ( over dedicated)
72% attended college (dedicated)
Affluent - $91,602 HH income (very under dedicated)
Spend an average $2,442 per year on quilting (under dedicated)
Quilting for average of 16 years (over dedicated)
44% prefer traditional quilts
50% enjoy both traditional and contemporary styles (my choice)
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