Saturday, June 27, 2015

The Changes in Ten Years

Recently the designer Janet Granger found a stash of old Just Cross Stitch magazines at a charity shop and has been browsing them, looking at the changes in the UK embroidery arts scene in just 10-11 years.  There have been a lot of them, mostly due to the impact of the computer (desktop publishing), the Internet (web stores) and the closing of so many small businesses that supported the stitchers.

We've seen these things here in America, too.  Some of the closures are probably natural as folks want to retire.  Some are due to the Great Recession here in the U.S. which has really put financial pressure on us all as jobs are not plentiful and discretionary spending has been curtailed.  But the Internet and computers have brought us closer together as distance doesn't mean as much as it did.

It doesn't seem that long ago, 1994-95.  But change is rapid all around us these days.

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