The Slow Death of Vintage Skills

http://imperfectlyhappy.com/the-slow-death-of-vintage-skills/

This author begins by exploring why a particular scene in a show has remained on her mind for an entire day, the scene is a woman being told that her bobbin lace in antiquated.

“Skills like knitting, sewing, cooking from scratch, canning, gardening and, yes, making bobbin lace seems to belong to a bygone era”

From there this author begins to explore how education began, at the mother’s knee with the children involved in all aspects of everyday life to one extent or another.  Food preparation has fallen by the wayside, including canning, baking bread from scratch, etc.  Sewing, knitting, crochet, embroidery, etc. this author laments not learning these skills when she was younger at her grandmother’s knee.  Gardening gets a mention also.

“BUT!  I see a revival!!!  Homeschoolers.  Backyard Farmers.  Crafters.  Survivalists.
Homesteaders.  These movements are growing and beginning to cross paths.  They are cool, hipsters, conservatives and hippies.  This “vintage revivalism” is gaining momentum.”

As people get more involved in understanding the health impact, and economic impact, of their choices in life they begin to go back to what was old.  I am really hoping that these skills are seen as valuable since Olean Public Library will be holding classes on them over the summer!

The Monk Who Saves Manuscripts from ISIS

https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2017/02/the-monk-who-saves-manuscripts-from-isis/517611/

A 59 year old Benedictine monk is roaming around the middle east trying to save Christian and Islamic writings.  He is working on training teams of locals to photograph the pages of manuscripts before they are destroyed, or lost, or stolen.  Many locals are reluctant to let in outsiders and are afraid that their cultural treasures will be stolen.  The monk never touches the manuscript but pays locals to do the digitization work, this keeps the locals employed, active in the preservation, and from being overly wary.

Restoration is extremely costly, if something is destroyed without being photographed then it is truly lost.  Often these methods are seen as the only way to preserve their heritage.

  • This is a good post, detailing some of the preservation efforts being done in war torn countries.  It is good to see that people are trying to maintain access to cultures of the past*

How to Use a Bead Loom: 10 Things You Must Know

http://www.interweave.com/article/beading/how-use-bead-loom-10-things-you-must-know/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_campaign=bd-tho-nl-170329-BeadingonaLoom&utm_content=932281_EDT_BD170329&utm_medium=email

  • Have all of the materials and tools you need on hand
  • warping the loom
  • adding the first row of beads
  • making sure that the tension is accurate
  • ending and adding threads
  • weaving in tails
  • removing the pieces
  • finishing techniques
  • etc.

Essentially this article is just a list of things that will be taught in a beading loom class that will be offered through interweave.

How I Use Evernote to Keep My Entire Life Organized

http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/how-evernote-keeps-my-entire-life-organized-240088

This is one persons utilization of Evernote to keep their life organized.

  • A master list of everything that they have to do in their life. Work, personal, etc.  They still maintain  a daily list, but this is their overarching document.
  • Create a packing list for trips, if you travel often have a master list like warm places packing, cold places packing, leisure, family, etc.
  • Keep a list of long term goals, even adding photos etc, to make it more visually interesting.
  • Scan important papers, receipts, business cards, etc.
  • Use evernote e-mail address to subscribe to newsletters so they don’t clutter up your inbox
  • Clip web pages to read later
  • Make digital post it notes so that brainstorms are not lost later and work is not interrupted
  • Pick meals from a master list of favorite recipes
  • Keep a running grocery list

*The first few items seem silly, I can use any word/pages document even the notes function of my phone/ipad for making, keeping and maintaining master lists.  Scanning important documents, okay that might be useful.  Clipping web pages to read later, I do that with instapaper but it is a useful function of evernote.  Make digital post it notes, that can be useful if you have evernote integrated into your work computer.  Picking meals from a master list, this is a great tip, I think I’ll make one on pages.  Keep a running grocery list?  Again that’s what I have Notes for on my phone, and why is syncs up to my ipad.  On a more practical note I was just checking why I stopped using evernote and here it is: Sync across 2 devices  If I want to sync my notes on more than 2 devices I have to pay evernote $35 per year.  (the ‘evernote e-mail’ thing also requires the ‘Plus’ subscription.) Admittedly $35 per year is not that much in digital terms, but when you can do barely more than my already included with purchase, or free apps then why should I pay you $35 a year?  Let alone the $70 subscription where you can scan and digitaze the business cards.  No wonder this author uses Evernote for everything you have to justify $70 a year somehow.*  Just my 2 cents.

Abby Franquemont’s 3 Tips for Spinning Large Projects

http://www.interweave.com/article/spinning/3-tips-spinning-large-projects/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_campaign=spd-tsa-nl-170329-3-tips-spinning-large-projects&utm_content=932418_EDT_SPD170329&utm_medium=email

These are fairly common sense ideas, until you try to put them into practice.  1, have what you need at hand (she then elaborates that you don’t want to stop in the middle of everything to prep more fiber)  2, do a warm up spin, this sounds much like all of the advice to sample, sample, sample, etc.  If you are spinning for a project however, this is a good time to figure out how long it will take you to spin this fiber.  3, The last tip is to take frequent breaks.  This sounds counter productive until you consider how quickly you can become fatigued or bored doing the same thing over and over.  This would lead to inconsistency, which means that you have not only wasted your time but probably the fiber as well.

Very good tips to keep in mind when you are planning a project.

How the Invention of Paper Changed the World

http://www.bbc.com/news/the-reporters-38892687

I do love how this type of article causes one to rethink what they ‘know’ about history.

“Actually, you can quibble with Gutenberg’s place in history. The movable type press was originally developed in China. ”

It is a fascinating study to take a few minutes of your day and look around, see how many paper products you use every day.  It is equally as interesting to realize that though computers are still on the rise, paper has not gone away.  The idea of a paperless office is certainly fascinating, but I have to agree with this author when they say it might be coming, but it certainly is not here yet.

A good read for a brief history of paper, paper making, and printing.

‘Back to the Future’ Inspires Solar Nanotech-Powered Clothing

https://today.ucf.edu/back-future-inspires-solar-nanotech-powered-clothing/

This is a really neat article that reminds me, we are truly living in an age of innovation.  Everything from Stainless Steel fiber for spinning yarn to copper filaments to weave with technology is becoming such a part of every day life.  I love that old things and new things are interacting and interlacing in such amazing ways to create brand new things.

This article talks about a copper filament that is being created that can be woven into fabric.  Even more exciting this filament captures solar energy and can store it like a battery.  The future might include charging your cell phone by walking down the street on a sunny day.  Perhaps even charging your car, or making money as you take a walk and release the stored energy back into the grid.

These are fascinating times!  Thanks to all of the researchers that work hard to create these amazing innovations!