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August 02, 2008


I thought it was 3 exclamation points per lifetime. I found your blog though Jackie's. And I agree that she is quite wonderful.

I just found your blog and I read your Crafts 2.0 post. Hooray! (Exclamation point well deserved.)

I started sewing in the old days of 4-H when construction quality was of utmost importance, and my love of textiles has continued for 30-some years since. I am glad to see people become interested in the craft arts again, but worry that they are degrading it with poor quality and haste and in the process are degrading the public's perception of the craft arts as mere craft.

It is refreshing to find a textiles-related blog that is not all about showing off the sixteen two dimensional (excepting some buttons and frayed edge "embelishments") dolls that you whipped out all in one night. That is not textiles, craft, nor art. Thank you for providing an alternative.

oh god. I am so in love with exclamation points. Can only hope I have not been driving you insane at the email level ...

Well, I for one appreciate your punctuation rant; honestly, exclamation points have to be one of the most overused punctuation marks around these days.

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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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