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November 28, 2009


It is so nice to hear from you, and this makes my day in the most beautiful way. I am so glad I could play a small part in your generous gift. It makes me feel less useless in the world, and grateful for this lovely community. Have a wonderful holiday -- and thanks so much for coming by. Im feeling very far behind on blogging, but my vacation starts today so Ill have time to write new posts and respond to comments!

I'm catching up on my blog reading. Congratulations on our blogiversary! Because of you, I decided to donate a sewing machine to Women for Women International to honor my friends and family also, as well as teaching a woman to read for the faculty of my department. Merry Christmas!

Congratulations on your second blogiversary. Important blogs like your own need to continue and flourish, so I look forward to the coming year ahead and then to your third blogiversary!

As one of your regular readers, thank you for the gift. It is absolutely beautiful.

The two year mark. I can't imagine it since I've only just started myself. It has to feel like a real accomplishment. And what a wonderful way to celebrate it. You are generous, and you have a real effect in this world. I think of your blog as filled with many drops that spread in circles out and out to far beyond where you can see.

I do know of a woman artist who spends some months of each year in Mazatlan. Her blog is DyeMetotheMoon.blogspot.com She just wrote about giving 13 sewing machines to the local women in her community. She didn't bother going through an organization, just set it up herself. Might be interesting to talk to. Her email is Maryruzich@hotmail.com
Very glad you are committed to keeping this blog going. It fulfills an essential ingredient in my artistic appetite, sort of a mineral I can't get naturally or something!

time flies.

Elaine, I cannot believe it is only 2 years! I feel I have been reading your blog so much longer. Your words of wisdom about life and culture are so inspiring - I have bought books and magazines recommended by you, have tried stitching ideas and am always so very very inspired. Your articles really make me look so far in the world, not just in our own culture. It must be sometimes difficult to keep going on such a quality blog, but I hope you do for many more years. Sara.

Congrats! I continue to find your writing inspiring - I have pared down my blog browsing time in the last few months, but always make sure to visit you regularly.

Congratulations on your blogiversary and I'm thankful I found you. I think it's great that you are using your blog to promote the needlearts as a means to improving your life. It certainly has done that for me.

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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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