Sloe News Day 07 . 23 . 21

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Unfinished Business

There’s never a dull week in the worlds of craft and fashion. This #SloeNewsDay is full-to-bursting with new books, classes, hellos, goodbyes, and a couple long reads for your weekend. 

The theme of the week for me is “unfinished projects.” Last week we launched subscriptions (a huge thank you to everyone who has subscribed already!) and we’re putting the final touches on our plans for Sloe’s official launch in August. That includes a few updates to the Sloe website. Some you’ll see, others you’ll just have to *feel* and take our word for.

Getting Sloe to this point has been one of the most challenging and rewarding things I’ve worked on in years. It’s also one big, ongoing, unfinished project. By nature, it will only be “finished” when we decide to stop publishing. Staring that fact right in the face can be terrifying. I’m a completionist, finishing something is one of the main ways I feel grounded. But hearing the enthusiastic responses of readers and contributors during the last few weeks has made it clear that we’re onto something. I’m ready for the challenge. It’s so gratifying to be making a place that celebrates the parts of fashion and craft I love most and to have others not only agree but ask, “how can I help?”. I know this is the start of something great!

If you’re interested in writing for Sloe, or have a product/event/design you want to be included in an upcoming issue, our submissions page is open.

In smaller unfinished projects: I’m hoping to finally wrap up a sweater I started this spring. It’s been sitting on the sidelines, waiting for me to fix the neck and finish the sleeves. I designed it on the needles, so it needs a few revisions. I’m going to try and finally finish it this week so I can check off something on my list.

What about you? Any unfinished projects in the works?

-Julie, Sloe Co-founder


  • 10 Sustainable Fashion Terms To Familiarize Yourself With [No Kill]
  • Garment Worker Ranks as 7th Deadliest Job During Pandemic [Heddels]
  • Vox’s All-Consuming series isn’t focused on fashion, but you’ll appreciate these thoughtful reflections on American consumer culture all the same. [Vox]
  • Blackbird Fabrics team members Paige & Wendy have been sewing the cutest matching outfits all summer long. [One / Two / Three]
  • The Craft Industry Alliance has announced a collaborative with h+h to bring the magic of the h+h Cologne show to the Americas [h+h Americas]
  • Fiberworld started this week and goes through the weekend [Fiberworld]
  • Botanica Yarn Fest has announced dates for their digital, sustainable yarn show. They’re now accepting vendor and presenter applications, too. [Botanica Yarn Festival]
  • Tunisian crochet designer Toni Lipsey has announced her first book. [TL Yarn Crafts]
  • Qing Fibre has released their first collection of patterns this week. [Instagram]
  • Kiyomi and Sachiko Burgin’s newly announced knitting book, Moon & Turtle, is now available for pre-order. [Pom Pom Quarterly]
  • Knitwear designer Leila Raven has found a new home at Making [Instagram] and the Making app has launched classes. [Making App]
  • Lorna’s Laces and Mrs. Crosby are calling it quits [Lorna’s Laces], but creative director Amanda has already launched her next project [LLYarn Co.]
  • PayPal is changing it’s fee structure. Ravelry has more about the change and how you might want to update your Business account to avoid the worst of it [Ravelry]

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