Sew What’s New in 2009? A Lot Apparently

It’s no secret that crafts are going strong during the recession. It’s the thing to do while anxiously awaiting news about a job or to make time pass when you’ve been laid off. Jo-Ann Stores, the go-to source for fabric, patterns and notions, for many Americans has managed to stay afloat even while other chains have shut down. “Sales in our core sewing and craft categories were actually holding up quite well,” Darrell Webb, Joanne’s President & Chief Executive Officer said of the chain’s third quarter during a Jan. 10 conference call. “Quilting, fleece, and sportswear fabric sales were very strong during the quarter while apparel crafts and food crafting remain strong on the non-sewing side of our business.”
So while the quest for new crafts-related books have slowed, at least one is sure to stir the blood of sewers who have a Borders coupon or two. Christine Haynes has a tome, Chic & Simple Sewing: With Full-Sized Patterns For More than 20 Projects. A book with that many projects has value in today’s market. What’s more, sewers are heading to class to tweak their skills. This writer is teaching how to make a hat class that’s nearly sold out at a local fabric store.