It was about a year ago that I first heard the term ‘slow cloth’. To me it means intentional stitching done purposely by hand to create a piece of cloth. And it is a slow process, hence ‘slow cloth.’
In addition to ‘slow cloth’ I possess other new terms: story cloth and spirit cloth, courtesy of Jude Hill and her online blog and classes. See http://spiritcloth.typepad.com/
She has given me a whole new understanding of sewing and stitching. I always hated the standard embroidery with a hoop thing that all young girls were supposed to do, but in tossing out the hoop and stitching outside the lines, so to speak, I have discovered layered fabric and embroidery as an art form.
I love the unlimited, free form of it all. I love building up a piece of fabric layer by layer. I love the feel of old fabric. I can work on it a lot or I can work on it a little, as much as the arthritis in my hands allow. I could make a lot of cloth, but that’s not what it’s about. Mostly it’s about a little cloth and loving it.