Thursday, January 19, 2006

In the news...

Just got back from weaving guild where someone brought in the fashion & style page from today's NY Times. Adjacent articles seem to be in strange juxtaposition.

First is The New Spinners: Yarn Is the Least of It. It's not really breaking news that the popularity of knitting is spilling over into handspinning. Yet there are at least three suggestions in the article that this recent wave of spinners don't ever intend to do anything with their yarn. Please, no...don't let that be true! I love spinning, but it really is all about the yarn. If handspinning is not about the yarn, then I shudder to think what the parallel to "funky furzy" yarn would be in the spinning world!

Of course Interweave people are quoted extensively, since there is only one spinning mag out there. Oh how I long for good technical, skill enhancing articles that used to be in Spin Off (Rita Buchanan where are you?!)

The Hands That Sew the Sequins talks about the diminishing numbers of skilled embroiders and their importance to French Haute Couture. I love the quote from Valerie Steele, the director and chief curator of the Museum of the Fashion Institute of Technology. "Fashion isn't necessarily about concept but about craftsmanship. You need the people to make the best ribbon, the best lace, the best hats. This is essential to keeping French fashion prestigious and creative."

In truth, I am more fiber artisan than fiber artist. There is something to be said for the skill required to execute the concept. Perfect stitches (embroidery or knitting); perfectly tensioned warp and and even beat; and yarn spun to meet the requirements for the next weaving or knitting project: That's what it's all about.

I'd love to know what others think about these two articles appearing together.

1 comment:

  1. My first thought when I read about the NYT spinning article was "oh no, don't dumb down spinning too!" I just hope that spinning requires too much coordination for those who can only knit garter stitch scarves on humongous needles.


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