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December 15, 2007


Dear Paula, thank you for your comment and encouragement. I have never really taken to crochet, but there are some really inspiring ideas out there that take advantage of its sculptural possibilities. I think knitter Nicky Epstein has a new book on crocheted flowers that might be a way to fall in love with the craft. And the crocheted coral reef -- isn't that something? It's right on that fine line between genius and madness.

Hi Elaine. Great blog! Love the idea of slow cloth - I think you've started somesthing here! I am also impressed with crocheted coral reef. I can't crochet but I am working on an embroidery at the moment which is evolving into a coral reef! photos on my first post.

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10 Qualities of Slow Cloth, by Elaine Lipson

  • I defined Slow Cloth several years ago on this blog. Read the original post at http://lainie.typepad.com/redthread/2008/01/this-must-be-th-1.html. (Copyright Elaine Lipson 2007-2011; all rights reserved).
  • Joy
    Slow Cloth has the possibility of joy in the process. In other words, the journey matters as much as the destination.
  • Contemplation
    Slow Cloth offers the quality of meditation or contemplation in the process.
  • Skill
    Slow Cloth involves skill and has the possibility of mastery.
  • Diversity
    Slow Cloth acknowledges the rich diversity and multicultural history of textile art.
  • Teaching
    Slow Cloth honors its teachers and lineage even in its most contemporary expressions.
  • Materials
    Slow Cloth is thoughtful in its use of materials and respects their source.
  • Quality
    Slow Cloth artists, designers, crafters and artisans want to make things that last and are well-made.
  • Beauty
    It's in the eye of the beholder, yes, but it's in our nature to reach for beauty and create it where we can.
  • Community
    Slow Cloth supports community by sharing knowledge and respecting relationships.
  • Expression
    Slow Cloth is expressive of individuals and/or cultures. The human creative force is reflected and evident in the work.


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