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March 20, 2010


Dear Elaine,

I discovered your blog and am thoroughly enjoying it!
I got to the post where you had thought about not continuing the blog and a wonderful comment arrived that changed your mind! What an important moment for us all!
I’m just learning about Slow Cloth. I admit that I thought it
was a project at first, being attracted to the expression of the artist.
As I read more, along with your encouragement, I’m understanding
the concept.
What a beautiful celebration of community this brings.
- I was reminded that at one time I was interested in fabric weaving when the talk of book collections came up within the Slow Cloth group.
- Someone brought up another topic which lent itself to a beautiful quote.
- I applaud the process shared, whether it be a Blog , book or magazine!

There’s really no end to Slow Cloth! I can only see the movement growing as more and more people say, “that’s me” or “that’s how I approach my work”!

Bless you for voicing your hopes and prayers for health reform. I hope that those who wish, for some partisan-only reason, to oppose everything that Obama is trying to do for our country will not be allowed to succeed. When I read the comments by your Canadian and British readers, I feel even more appalled that our country is so far behind in healthcare reform. I watched the YouTube video from Dee Mallon above, and it is beyond sad that none of these protesters knows what is in the bill!

Your mandala is exquisite. I found you through Mendofleur. I love your honest, forthright voice. Happy Spring to you!! xo Kari

Hi Lainie,
I was shocked and amazed at the passage of health care reform bill, which we now hear will be challenged as 'unconstitutional'... it is hard to understand why people are going to such extremes, and that there seems to be a dearth of moral outrage about being the only First World country with such crap health care... (actually, as someone with a law degree, I think the constitutional challenge might be interesting -- ). I HATE the way the Republicans seem to have no platform but obstruction these days, and the Tea Party folk just scare the shit out of me. I mean, truly. Anyway, I insert a link here, from a dollmaking guy with a sense of humor -- it is one of the funniest jabs at Palin I've ever read (although he stole it from someone else -- with attribution):

Oh, and I like the idea of wishing your readers well by hoping they find "whatever joy is around"...

Thanks for the links, Elaine.
I'm looking forward to Jane Dunnewold's new book. Happy spring.

Thanks for the links ... I love Christine's blog, would not have found it without you.

We moan quite a lot about the National Health service here in the UK but really we are very lucky not to have to worry about getting care if we are ill.
As for a womans right to choose, I simply do not understand this. It is just not an issue in UK politics, no one would even think about suggesting it was anyones choice but our own.
I do hope something good comes of all this and hope that common sense prevails.

Beautiful mandala.

My sincere sympathies on the health care vote. We are SO fortunate in Canada.

Whats amazing, as a friend of mine said, is that the people voting against it probably have friends and relatives who are deeply affected by the health care mess. They are unconscionable. And the bill does so little, compared to what we really need -- yet theyre so entrenched in making Obama fail. Anyway. Obamas speech to the Democratic Caucus today was pretty incredible. I am hopeful.
And yes, the Joni song! hadnt listened to it in ages. A great album.

One of my favorite Joni Mitchell lyrics. thanks for taking me there. And Yes, let's raise collective windhorse for the health care passage.

I couldn't agree more...and have my fingers crossed as well (and I called my state rep. and urged him to pass the bill), so we will see.

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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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