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September 11, 2009


Elaine, I appreceiate the time you take to write this informative blog. Thank you so much.

Another interesting post, I'd not realised this was the origin of your red thread title. It made me go back and read the post. I also re-read the one on slow cloth, which speaks to me so much in connection to my Japanese embroidery. It inspired me to share the details on my blog, and I've linked back to your original slow clothpost, I hope some people come and read it and get inspired.

meant to add-check out this book:

i disagree with your statement that everything has already been done before (with fiber anyway).
it's part of why i make my pleated silk shibori ribbon-as far as i know- it hasn't been done before-kind of a statement on the idea that there are no new ideas.
who knows what lies ahead?
i love the the red thread story.
can't wait to get together in Houston-

i have always liked the history in linen. it is my favorite fabric because of its weight in time.

I really love your blog, your posts are always so thoughtful and inspiring. The concept of the red thread is beautiful, and instructive.

Thank you so much for publishing this blog!

That the red thread is about connections, and this Japanese legend, are a surprise and revelation for me. Long ago, I made a print called White Lace, Red Threads. It now has a new depth of meaning for me, thanks to you!

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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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