I was working on an afghan today that i'm trying to get finished before September 9th and of course it got me to thinking about how many times I've heard people complain and say "why do they charge so much". I honestly don't think people realize the work that goes into and afghan. Mind you some are simple to do but others are completely time consuming and tedious to do. Here is an example:
The afghan that I am currently working on is called Fresh as a Daisy. I did change up the pattern and do things the way I wanted to do them and I like the end result so much better. This one is a custom order. But this is what is involved and stands as a good explanation as to why crafters charge what they do:)
109 circles....become 109 daisy's....which become 109 squares....which then need bordered....after being bordered they get sewn into strips.....then all the strips get sew together to make the afghan....then the afghan gets a nice border all around....and if your like me you have to flip it over and tuck ends....and tuck and tuck and well you get the point. Yes it's a labor of love. Afghans are my favorite thing to make because although tedious, it's good therapy, and the end results are amazing. Not to mention how AWESOME it feels when the person who receives it appreciates all that you put into it.
I'm not trying to go on a rant, just trying to make people understand that when they see the price of a beautiful handmade product....remember it's a lot of work and a lot of love poured into each stitch.