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This column originally ran on Nov. 18, 2009. Enjoy this oldie-but-good while Carol is out sick.
If you have been in any fabric center or craft shop you will note wall-to-wall people. The holidays are coming you know and those of us who like to give gifts made by our hands start early in collecting the items needed for our projects.
As the world changes it’s getting harder and harder to find good selections of fabric, and especially yarn. Yarn is a very important item. We have many knitters in our area and the Canastota Public Library has a knitters group that meets every week. All of the organizations, individuals, and clubs sew items and decorations for their group to sell at Christmas bazaars, teas, mall booths, church craft sales and so many other shows and sales that these groups earn money.
The Christmas fabrics this year are so very decorative and beautiful. The wreath exhibits on display in the fabric stores are outstanding and it makes you want to collect all of the materials needed so that you can go home and make your own to hang on your door or over the fireplace. There are so many patterns and calico prints to use that you find the fabric stores are so crowded that you are finding your time is spent longer than you planned to. The hustle and bustle of the holidays is picking up and it isn’t December yet. But with crafts and sewing you start early and that is why the fabric and craft stores are so crowded.
I often wonder where and how my grandmother acquired all of the material she used to make the clothing she made for her grandchildren. Her sewing machine was a foot-pedaled one and would work overtime at Christmas season. She would start in September and October and most everyone in the family would get one gift that was handmade by Grandma. I still have packed away in a chest one of the full-length aprons she made me which covered you all over. It was a white background with brown and blue calico pattern with blue piping or seam binding on it. It buttoned at the top of the back and had armholes for me to put on. It was for me as perhaps a five- or six-year-old child. I suppose I wore it when I ate so I would keep my clothes clean and I was too old to wear a bib any longer.
I think all of her small grandchildren received similar aprons. One year, I remember, we all received red flannel granny nightgowns with a Hamburg lace trim. I wonder, now, where she obtained all of the material for these handmade items. I know back then there were dry goods stores that carried fabrics and that is probably where she purchased it. Miller Dry Goods, H. F. Joy’s dry good stores in Oneida and Gleason’s in Canastota carried fabrics in bolts of material I can remember and also yarn and other accessories when you sewed and back in those days many more women sewed for their families and homes until department stores arrived with readymade apparel.
What would our grandmothers think of the sewing machines today? They are computerized so that you can do all sorts of patterns and motifs on fabrics on your machine in place of having to do it by hand. Embroidery, cross stitching, French hems, everything once done by hand can now be done on your sewing machine. There are even attachments to make lace for your trimming or other uses. What would she think of all of the beads, sequins, pearls, rhinestones, other jewels available for you to purchase for trimming your fabrics or making jewelry, pocketbooks, flowers for jackets or slippers. Grandma would be astonished. All of these trimmings are also great for wreaths, garland, trees, and other objects for Christmas as well as other holidays.
The Halloween and Thanksgiving decorations have become more festive, popular and plentiful these days, if you have noticed. Have you seen the inflated characters for Halloween and Thanksgiving? Ghosts, goblins, Shrek and other such animals are so popular at present. And then there are turkeys, pumpkins, pilgrims, all decorating people’s lawns to get in the festivities of the holidays. I love driving around and seeing them. I imagine next year at Easter time we are going to see more of the Easter decorations of bunnies, baskets, chickens and other suitable decorations with a holiday theme.
It’s all commercialism and we bite on it and buy it to decorate our homes and make the children happy as well as many adults who like trimming up their homes on whatever holidays might be coming up. It’s all for us to enjoy and we certainly do.
Source : https://www.oneidadispatch.com/opinion/canastota-corner-remaining-fabric-stores-busy-this-time-of-year/article_84ec0c42-02fd-11e9-a1b4-c35415de8720.html