Elsewhere: Slotober edition 3

Elsewhere: Slotober edition 3

The discussion around Slow Fashion October has gotten so meaty, and I just continue to be so inspired and in awe of it all, and so thankful to everyone who has contributed. This week’s links are genuinely important, taken on the whole, so I hope you’ll take some time with them. And also with the few things I’ve shared on the @slowfashionoctober feed, if not the entirety of the #slowfashionoctober hashtag this week. So much to think about—

– “The next time you’re about to buy something, ask yourself this: Where will this piece of clothing go after I no longer want it?<— If you read nothing else this weekend, please read this (And if you haven’t watched this beautiful and eye-opening video, do that next)

– “I’m slowly but surely drifting away from the idea that once the last loose end has been woven in, a garment is finished.”

– “One thing he talks about is taking time to fully have an experience, just focusing on what you’re doing instead of already planning the next thing you’re going to do after it. I want to do craft like that.

– “I like the idea of this shirt getting worn, loved and stitched as the years go by … growing better, stronger and more loved with each stitch and adventure.”

– “That’s what makes a good sweater great … knitting it for someone you love.”

– In the absence of my sashiko tutorial, I give you this looser one that posted on Design Sponge earlier this month: Three easy ways to mend fabric, inspired by Japanese textiles. (thx, ashima71) (I did manage to restock the sashiko thread, at least, so you can find all of the colors, minus navy, back in the webshop. Along with some other quality, handcrafted gems.)

– And speaking of not-quite-tutorials, upcycling, and hand-stitched denim, don’t miss Gridjunky’s notes on his drawstring bag

Happy weekend, everyone! I hope we’ll be seeing some of you at Fiber in the ’Boro!



Photos left to right: Design Sponge, Project Stash, Gridjunky

16 thoughts on “Elsewhere: Slotober edition 3

  1. I’m not sure this has been mentioned in the other posts, but some great uses for old cotton and linen clothes that can no longer be worn are mulching in the vegetable garden, tearing into strips for tomato ties and composting. I also just saw a (commercial) cover for a dog bed that you stuff with this type of old clothing, etc. that is no longer useful.

  2. So many great things to think about. I am reflecting on not being into the next project more than the one you are working on now. It’s not over till the fat lady blocks. And I must need to check out Fringe Supply more often because I didn’t even know you had mending thread.

  3. Very thought provoking articles and the video was very eye opening. I feel more relaxed after reading their thoughts and think I should slow down, think more, and enjoy the things that make me or someone I love happy.

    • I too feel calmer after reading this, and more aware of my own rampant consumerism… I really hadn’t thought about where my clothes go after I donate them.

  4. Thanks, Karen, for including me this week ~ I’ve been so inspired and love what you’ve done for our little part of the blogosphere! Mending is something I’ve been thinking a lot about and hope to perfect in the coming year.

  5. Thanks for these, Karen! One of the things I’ve been really thinking about is what happens now that my making is outpacing the rate at which items wear out/my tastes change. I don’t want to stop making, obviously, but neither do I want to accumulate more than I need, or end up with a wardrobe that feels stagnant… It’s such an interesting balance.

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  7. How do you recommend starting with Alabama Chanin without spending a mint? And I’m afraid that those items are attractive on thin, tall people when I’m 5’2 and weigh 150.
    Help please!

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