This article about Slow Cloth in Hand/Eye is one of those lovely thoughts you can thinking about, perhaps while envisioning some of the lovely clothes you've made the past, or have been handed down, mulling over the words, and then reshaping them to suit your sentiments.
Hand/Eye editor Keith Recker commented thus:
"Dear HAND/EYE readers,
"A confession: Inspired by Elaine Lipson's Slow Cloth article and the talented makers who energize the movement she writes about, I hand-sewed three pillows a couple of weeks ago. Two were gifts for a niece and nephew whose birthdays are near, and the last for my little daughter who rightly wouldn't accept being left out. Every appliqué was hand cut, every slow stitch accomplished with my own fingers, and every individual bead fixed into place with care. The experience changed my life.
"If you just rolled your eyes, I want you to leave your computer right now and MAKE something by hand. Return to read the rest of this email you are done.
"Even after several decades of looking at, selling, contemplating, tweaking, designing, collecting, sometimes coveting, and always appreciating and promoting the handmade (especially textiles), I was humbled by the act of making.
"Time stopped. Hours went by without my realizing it. A look at the clock always provoked a sense of surprise, sometimes joy, and once in a while sheer frustration.
"I slipped into some other state of being where our electronic "reality" lost its primacy. Who cared about email and texting: there was work to be done.
"Old skills buried away for years came out: I can draw. But frailties also had to be overcome: how in the world do embroiderers keep their stitches the same size? Ideas were great to get the ball rolling, but patience and consistency actually made the pillows.
"I ended my sewing marathon with a whole new appreciation for the skilled hands that make so much of what we live with. Do we savor the objects around us for their functionality, their beauty, their tender reminder of the human touch and the presence of faraway, unknown people in our lives? Or do we take them for granted?
"Honestly speaking, I know how I have to answer. Familiarity and routine dim our vision. In penance (it is Lent after all) I found myself, post pillow project, seeing my world differently for a couple of weeks. I am determined to find ways to open my eyes like that more often.
Have a great week,
Keith Recker email was posted with his permission.