Sunday, November 28, 2010

Found: Cloth

This is a cloth that probably has a long and alarmingly sad human story attached to it.

We live near two homeless shelters, and in the spaces in between residents from both carve out little spaces to sit, visit, sometimes sleep, drink, whatever else someone wants some privacy to do. As a consequence there are spaces we walk everyday 'littered' with textiles: old clothes, blankets, hats, mittens, scarves, tarpaulins. The guy who lives here regularly brings things home to wash and then send to Goodwill (or wear if we can use them). In fact, there is a sweat shirt in the washer as we speak.

This morning I found this cloth draped across a pile of steel rails along the train tracks. I inspected it, passed it by. It is rusted, moldy and dirty and has been part of a very hard life. But then I hurried back. It is also a textile with dozens of shades of red, green, brown and black, a textile I can use.

All this stuff I'm learning in Jude Hill's class is really sinking in.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

A Stitch in Time...

All the sewing I'm doing right now made me want to share this little artifact. It is hard to read, but the tube reads 'Superior Quality Mending Skein'.

Being of a certain generation remote from the time when things could be fixed, I barely understood what this was when I found it at the Mission Store. I then realized that I also didn't actually understand what 'a stitch in time saves nine' even means (meant?). So now I feel smarter, and like I've had a little glimpse into the daily life of people living in another time.

And Happy Thanksgiving to you!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

making cloth from scraps of cloth....

This is a diversion from the post I need to get to about City Farming, but it is on the way. In the mean time, I have the great delight to be taking an on-line class with Jude Hill of Spirit Cloth, and just now pinned my first new cloth together!

Every scrap of this fabric is a fragment of something that was scavenged- from the garbage, from the pile of old sheets that were in the garage when we bought the house, from the side of the road- dyed with marigolds (thanks to Deb G. at Bee Creative), Glossy Buckthorn berries and our own raspberries.

I'm feeling so happy to give all this old, worn, forgotten and given-up-on fabric a new life. I can already tell that this will be 'mendable', as well, extending it's use value. Sewing later.....

Monday, November 8, 2010

For Grace from Windthread- a link about sustainability

The video in this November 5, 2010 post from 'No Impact Man', titled 'To Hell With Sustainability' came across my desk this weekend. It is a rewarding and inspiring few minutes, and I hope will find an interested audience with Grace from Windthread (who seems to have lots of extra reasons to be hopeful for the future these days!)

I hope No Impact Man doesn't mind me posting this link...