I was sitting at my embroidery machine putting numbers on yet another set of baseball hats, the ones for Baby Doll's team this time when Bossy sent me a text. It was an announcement that Hancock Fabric was liquidating their stores and all their inventory.
Can I just say that for a minute I was devastated?
My first thoughts were to the recent several hundred dollars I spent there for Teach's wedding, but the longer I sat there, mechanically changing one hat for another, the more my mind wandered to all the things we had purchased from Hancock over the years... fabric for Bossy's wedding dress, fleece for countless donated blankets, quilt fabrics with Grandma, a liquid pink for Princess's baptism dress, flag silk, formals, the list goes on and on.
What are we going to do without Hancock? There are so few stores anymore that sell craft items and fabric. I haven't found anywhere else that I can buy quilting tacks or 99-cent patterns. Why is it that society is changing so much that we don't have a market for these things?
I know I can't change much of the world by teaching my Girl Scouts or my Activity Days girls to sew, but it's definitely a start. We need to preserve these skills before the only way to get new clothing or a quilt will be to go to a store and I don't mean a store like Hancock.