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May 03, 2008


Thanks for the link to my blog! What a nice surprise as I came to visit you via Spirit Cloth Quilting. I like the thoughtfulness and depth of your writing, best wishes to you in figuring out what form you want your new postings to take.

I would like two blogs since the slow craft posts are the ones I stop by for...but only if you feel comfortable doing two. I'd rather not lose you to burn out!

yes i am with you on the shallow comment thing, but sometimes i feel that it is the only way people connect. sometimes i think it should be the artists responsibility to try to pull the dialog in a bit. i have been thinking about blogger responsibility lately.
2 blogs sounds ok if you can handle it.

Tried to email this to you, but not working:
An interesting take on art vs craft's dead horse, and a show i wish i could see.

How about "ReadThread" then? or Re(a)dThread? :}

Sorry to hear about the snarkies from someone you contacted-----some of them it seems just take for granted that you admire them, and don't have to thank you in any form for your adulation....

As for criticisms rather than kudos when commenting, i'd rather say nothing, having been through some wars when i first started blogging--some were phenomenally nasty (kept private, but STILL)---i also stop commenting when "me too it's beautiful" love is all there is--- after 23 compliments what can you say that means anything? And i certainly stop commenting when the person keeps doing the same thing over and over and over and everyone STILL does the me too thing......growth please?

Hmm, someone must have peed in my cornflakes this morning. Apologies!
I enjoy reading you and hope you will keep it as one blog.

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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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