Without going into it too much, my parents were willing to buy fabric for me but not new clothes so much. It was either make it myself or have my mom make it. Our opinions on what colors matched are nowhere close to the same. Other factors came into play also but don't get me started on that.
What started out as a necessity for me became a pleasure and really a lifesaver in some ways. As a young person it was something that I was really good at. It helped my self esteem which was very low. Later music did the same thing for me.
Most people have seen quilts and needle work that were made long ago. I have a quilt that was made by my great grandmother. I treasure it. The workmanship is beautiful. I've thought before about the pioneer women that stitched so many things out of necessity. I've also thought about how that very thing probably saved their sanity amidst the difficult and sometimes lonely lives that they lived.
I know people that don't see knitting, crochet, sewing or any needle work for that matter as anything but a lowly hobby. A waste of time that could be spent in a more productive way. If you don't make money from it or save money doing it there isn't any value to it.
I strongly disagree. What do you think? I've heard it said, 'Its cheaper than therapy.' I think that's true, until the yarn or fabric stash gets out of hand. How has your needle work been of value to you?