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The Nettle Dress

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The Nettle Dress

We sleep, but the loom of life never stops, and the pattern which was weaving when the sun went down is weaving when it comes up in the morning.

– Henry Ward Beecher –

The Nettle Dress

Over the course of seven years Allan Brown makes a dress by hand from foraged nettles. In the process, as he experiences the loss of two loved ones, he weaves his love into the fabric that he is creating. He spends seven summers harvesting the nettle and seven winters spinning it into fabric to make a dress for his daughter. The thread he creates carries his grief and his love, so that the cloth represents all of the love he has put into it. The nettles are free, foragable and renewable. As Allan transforms the nettles he himself is transformed by the healing power of nature and slow crafting. { read more }

Be The Change

Slow down and take time to create something with your hands – a handmade card, a complicated recipe, whatever nurtures you – and then share your creation with a loved one.

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