A few weeks ago, I decided to look for some like-minded people who would like to be part of a Sewing Circle.  In searching for a good description of what I might want to put together, I ran across this decription of “Slow Cloth” on Elaine Lipson’s blog http://lainie.typepad.com/ named “Red Thread Studio.”

10 Qualities of Slow Cloth, by Elaine Lipson

  • 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.

These 10 principles may be a good foundation for forming some sort of textile/fiber arts group.  More to come…

 

“Morning Meditation” detail, made in Spring 2011, A. Ramsey

 

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