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December 06, 2008


Thank you for all the lovely comments . . .

Marja-Leena, take good care of yourself. Your blog is stunning. I did printmaking in college, and miss it; such a wonderful art.

Jude - Hi there. I picked up the new Quilting Arts today and was thrilled to see your work, and look forward to reading the article.

Paula - okay, I am officially turning over the glass-half-empty crown to you. I appreciate your wise words, though. I'm familiar with the difference between readership and page views, and also the shortcomings of beaches and men, but I can tell you that if I were with my own personal Prince Charming on a beautiful beach, and sand and sunburn were our biggest problems, I'd feel like a very lucky woman indeed.

Hi Heather - thanks always for your comments. These dreams are hard to let go of on winter mornings, indeed. Hope all of yours are good.

What a wonderful post Robyn. I, too, have a hard time releasing dreams, as I always seem to have really vivid ones, which is sometimes not so good when they are bad dreams.

But finding joy - you have so eloquently voiced what it has taken me a while to find, and what I must constantly remember to re-find on the bad days. I will definitely check out your links and I love the quote about joyfully participating in sorrows of life.

dont confuse readership with page views - on my blog i get hundereds of hits on a couple of posts/pages - people searching for a particular thing and going again - but readers are the ones who stay with you, read it all, comment occasionally ;). write what interests you, not for readers, and the readership will grow (or not - but i dont care either way)
and as for beaches with turquoise waters and white sands - be warned - they arent that great in reality - the sun glares of the sand and gives you a raging headache and very bad sunburn...and the virile man will have sand in his boardshorts and be whinging about it.

Now I cannot even remember how I got to your blog. Interesting reading -- keep it up.

acceptance of whatever is how i have overcome many sadnesses. i just focus on something else. and it is never readership. highly misleading. having a craft is a good source of conversation, even if it is with yourself. has to start there anyway.

Inspiring words, especially in these times. I'm struggling with some health issues too, which have recently prevented me from doing my art. It takes a bit more effort these days to feel grateful and have joy, but yes, it's good to be awake. Thanks for this!

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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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