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March 06, 2010


Not at all, Helen! Your comments and thoughts are always welcome; dont worry about commas.

Yee gads! Sorry for any errors in comments on slow cloth. I tend to put commas and semi-colons when my thoughts change or I take a breath. I always hope no one is a teacher or editor, I lost on this one. Hope my punctuation never got in the way of the points I was making.

Mmmm. I didn't know that and now will take that into consideration when I am "judging" people by their punctuation!!!

Hi Dee - I share your pet peeve - it is incredibly annoying. I am not sure why the Typepad software eliminates the apostrophes, though I suspect it is because I use a Mac.

I have a pet peeve about the misuse of apostrophes -- esp. with the word "it's" -- It's amazing how often even professional print gets it wrong... this 'streamlining' is not a step in the right direction!

I'm very picky about grammar too! That seems like a cool feature - hopefully they'll work out the kinks!

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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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