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Weekend Reading: The purpose of fashion, textile design, and the power of stress


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We’ve had quite a week around here. After an incredible snowbound weekend, my workload this week has left me feeling a bit frayed at the edges. Lucky for me, the whole team is heading out of town for a work-cation next week. Can’t wait to get some of that desert sun, and I’m even more excited to talk about the reason for the trip in a week or two.

In the meantime, enjoy some of these great reads this weekend:

[image: some carnations from the grocery store, from my instagram feed]

Sarai Mitnick   —   Founder

Sarai started Colette back in 2009. She believes the primary role of a business should be to help people. She loves good books, sewing with wool, her charming cats, working in her garden, and eating salsa.

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Great links as always! Enjoy the desert :)


Your links are one of the posts I look forward to each week. They are engaging, diverse and thought-provoking. Thank you!


Thank you for putting my thoughts into words!

Denise Dooley

I just bookmarked your page, so I can read all the articles on vacation next week.


I really liked Rena Tom’s post about keeping the why in mind throughout the creative process. I’m not the type of seamstress to whip something up in a day. Okay, maybe I did that once this New Year’s Day, but overall, that’s not the type of seamstress I am. I like the process of chipping away at a project piecemeal. I feel that at each step, I’m able to concentrate, learn, be in the moment, and in the end, learn. But even I get frustrated at my slow pace, especially when other bloggers post what they’ve made so frequently. When I get these feelings, I not only remember the seamstress I am and the seamstress I want to be, but why I’m doing – my purpose. Holding onto that helps me produce a beautiful garment.


I love these rounds up each week – really good food for thought and always at least 3 I’m intrigued by and click through. Thank you for sourcing such great articles for those of us who don’t always have the time to find them on our own!


This has become a Sunday night ritual for me. Your picks for weekend reading are always so interesting and really good. Thank you.


I am so happy to hear that.


I look forward to these every week, thank you for finding such thought-provoking articles! A thought I had reading the one about materialism: I think making comparisons goes right in hand with it. Whether it’s STUFF or SKILLS (ahem…in the sewing world!) it’s so easy to get caught up in comparisons. It really can eat you from the inside.


This video on stress completely changed my approach to it. We cannot always avoid stress but we can change our approach toward it, tame it vs. fighting it:

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