Purple and Blue

Not for lack of work, I have not been posting. Instead I meet you all in person and that is truly delightful.

An Array of Purples


Today I write only to introduce one of you to the purples I have in stock. I have been making 2 new design of the “little dipper.” One is a framed circle of some special print I like, or think you will. DSC_8566The other is to take the fabric and extend it above and below the front zipper. I don’t have a picture of this as I write, but I’ll take one later and show you. This second design pattern looks really smart and I can’t believe I haven’t thought of it before.

Today I introduce you to some purples I have on hand. Do you like them?

Linen on my mind


Ready to Chop wood in this comfortable dress!

Ready to Chop wood in this comfortable dress!

ta! da! backI was talking to some folks at Swiftwaters. Not suprisingly we were talking about summer dresses. My friends didn’t exactly challenge me, but they did inspire me.

Glenna suggested a place to buy linen and I was off. This particular color is called “otter.” It is a 7 oz linen. softened.

7 oz. linen is a solid weight for linen. You can see here how the wrinkles fall away, the drape is fantastic and the texture lushious.

I’ve made the dress in a few more colors since then (blue, copper, grass greeen) I have more linen in black and you will see that soon. Look to my etsy store to purchase it https://www.etsy.com/shop/SarahWinterClothwork, or, if you are in town come to Swiftwaters Artisans or the Coventry Farmers market.


Windham Grows a New Carrot

GROW Windham is a collaboration of community partners dedicated to promoting healthy food in the Windham region through support of community gardens, food projects, and food- and garden-based youth programming and engagement.

The Windham Grows Team

The Windham Grows Team

And Now they have 2 new vegetables in their repetoir.

Windham Grows A New Carrot in the Garden

Windham Grows A New Carrot in the Garden

Fools Rush in Where Brave Jalapenas Dare Not Go

Fools Rush in Where Brave Jalapenas Dare Not Go

After much thinking and fabric shopping and imagination stretches, I finished the two new costumes for Grow Windham. Look for them at the Willimantic Farmers Market, on the pavillion Saturdays

Welcome Summer. Clothworks Returns to Market

Summer is Dressed in Linen

Summer is Dressed in Linen

After a one year hiatus, we are back at the Coventry Farmers Market. Our booth is on the back side of the field, so we have the luxury of more shade. When you find the sun is too much for your weary head, come try on a hat.

crfm booth 2014 hats  WEWB

I Love my Job


I have been walking around town today, rantomscooting Mark calls it. I went out to Breakfast at Grammas in Mansfield, I went to the Co-op, walked back over the footbridge. Whenever I saw someone I knew I shared my great pleasure in just having completed these dresses.

They are part of a set of five dresses and two dashikis that I made for Echo Uganda. I love these dresses. I was surprised how the fabric blends with the grasses. The badminton batik on the little girls dresses is a crazy big pattern. Not something we tend to wear in the US. And look how fantastic it looks on these 2T and 4T dresses.

It is a great priveldge to be able to make my living with my hands and my mind. Continue reading

Juki Runs Free


I live with Juki. She is my mechanized horse, my old dog. Days spent with her make for many a story. Like any loyal pal, her understanding of me is deep. And I try to return the trust that she places in me.


I was going through an old photo album and found these pictures of Juki and me on the day we closed the Store on Church Street.

I thought I would share some of the feelings of that day with you.


Its been four years since we closed the storefront. Juki and I still work together. Still making a connection over work and creativity. Good friends, Juki and I.


US Moves Closer to a Sane Hemp Agriculture Policy


January 31, 2013  Washington, DC – U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell made the following statement today regarding industrialized hemp and its impact on Kentucky:

“After long discussions with Senator Rand Paul and Commissioner James Comer on the economic benefits of industrialized hemp, I am convinced that allowing its production will be a positive development for Kentucky’s farm families and economy. Commissioner Comer has assured me that his office is committed to pursuing industrialized hemp production in a way that does not compromise Kentucky law enforcement’s marijuana eradication efforts or in any way promote illegal drug use. The utilization of hemp to produce everything from clothing to paper is real and if there is a capacity to center a new domestic industry in Kentucky that will create jobs in these difficult economic times that sounds like a good thing to me.”


Alex White Plume of Standing Silent Nation

What a surprise! It has been a long battle to return the cultivation of Hemp to it’s former legal status in the US. Categorized as a narcotic in an apparent effort to promote Dupont (invention of Nylon 1935), this grass is still banned for agricultural use. Many hope to change this.

If you ever have the chance, watch Standing Silent Nation (http://www.standingsilentnation.com/) . The movie documents the efforts of the Soverign Nation of the Ogala Sioux to cultivate hemp.

Clothworks uses hemp as it’s primary fabric. The hemp is grown in either China or Eastern Europe (eg. Romania). We buy it un-dyed by the bolt in different weights and weaves. It has long been our goal to buy hemp grown in the US, perhaps even Connecticut. As Alex White Plume so aptly says:

We will survive.
We have always survived.
We’re Lakota.
We will survive this as well.

–Alex White Plume

Tri Gram Work Merges Cultures

ba qua in woods

In the Stillness of Snow

Ba Qua Trigram

Ba Qua Trigram

Using a wok cover, a steel washer and the reverse applique techniques of the Panamanian people I am making two banners that will be used to represent the martial arts steps in Ba gua. One is white with black., the other black with white.

Panamania Mola of a Tapir

Panamania Mola of a Tapir

Here is a thumbnail view of my process. First, I drew the image out on the reverse with wax crayon and chalk.Then I made a variation on a bound button hole by backing the shapes one by one with a sqare of fabric and stitching around the drawn lines. I carefully cut out the inside of the stitched shaped and clipped to my corners. I turned the backing square it to the reverse and pressed it flat. Then finally, I place a piece of the opposite color fabric behind the bound hole and stitched around.


Step one: Draw the shapes on the back with chalk

Mirror images can trip you up so the old adage: Measure Twice, Cut Once Look at some of these pictures and see if you can figure out how you would make such a wall hanging for your home or work.


Don’t get Confused! This is the front before turning the bound openings.


The white one still needs the yin-yan shape

Black Yin yang white yin yang




Thanks Greg! An Updated Website

I run a pretty small business. I try to keep it small enough for me to manage alone. And yet I welcome help from others with open arms.


Tim Pfeiffer’s Open Arms

Greg Svetz (svetz.net) is one of those silent others that contribute to the business from time to time. This month he offered his keen eye and computer expertise to update my website. What a gift that was!

Community is Intertwined

Greg Svetz: photo

Greg was able to rebuild the site with cleaner lines He maintained my Clothworks “look” and made me feel proud of the site. Check out his website to see some of his photographs.

Thanks Greg!

And thanks to Mr, Pfeiffer of Virginia for the great painting of the Open Arms tree.



2 π R = C!


A Wide Sixty Inches of History

Never let it be said that math won’t come in handy through out your life. 2πR=C.

2 x π (3.14) x Radius = Circumference.

Hone it down a little and you get


π x Diameter (radius twice) = Circumference. In other words a rug 60″ wide has a circumference of 188″. Or as I learned this month, the circumference of one man’s jacket!

Like many of the things our parents, grandparents and great grandparents did as a matter of course in their daily lives -bread making, crop farming, live stock butchering – Rug Braiding is a lot of work. It requires strong hands and agile fingers. And time.

I started this rug just last month. Now I can look at the completed rug as I write. I can’t begin to tell you the pleasure I took in making this. Starting with my neighbor passing on her mother’s unfinished project I added many hours of contemplative cutting, braiding and joining.

Mrs. Bliss had left me with almost enough wool to complete the rug. I used her old skirts and pants all wool from a time now gone. I used some of my own wool scraps, pieces not large enough to make a garment from. And yesterday for the last ring around, I went to Salvation Army and bought a camel colored wool suit jacket.

You might be interested in knowing that from that man’s jacket I cut 360 inches of two inch wide strips. It took the entire jacket to make a braid that would encircle the rug.