Archive for November, 2009

from the field – NYC: a little story about zippers


On a recent Thursday as I sat with the Fixer’s Collective at Proteus Gowanus in Brooklyn New York, I tried in vain to repair a broken zipper on a wallet.  A zipper which had broken much too easily, in my opinion.  As a repeatedly attempted to get those little teeth to interlock without success, I of course became increasingly frustrated and began to ruminate on the origins and evils of zippers.

They almost seem designed to break, don’t they?  What’s wrong with the traditional buttons, hooks and loops, tried and true fastening methods which have worked for centuries?  With absolutely no supporting evidence, just conjecture, I concluded that only industrialization could have made possible the invention and mass production of such an unreliable and infuriating device as the zipper.

“How’s it going, Theresa?” inquired one of my fellow fixers, and look of concern upon his face.  “Ah!”  I cried.  “Zippers are a post-industrial menace!”  And then thought it rather catchy, if I do say so myself.  And so it, well…stuck!!


Written by Theresa B


Production Memo: Save your wallet, wallet.


November Production Memo:  Save your wallet, wallet instructions!

Winter is approaching, and besides the cold weather, comes the multitude of holiday gift giving sales, and gimmicks to get you to spend your hard earned cash!  This holiday season, Frau Fiber is recommending saving your wallet, by producing 99% reclaimed wallets, an ideal gift to remind your friends and family to not spend this holiday season!

So come together, make wallets, make cookies, crochet a blanket, and do something useful with your leisure time!

Become a chapter of one, and use the blog to see instructions, or check out the following chapters for meeting information.

Chapters will be meeting at the following locations:


Chicago Chapter-

Sunday November 15, 12 – 4 PM, Mess Hall,

6932 North Glenwood Ave, Chicago IL

Los Angeles Chapter –

Sunday Nov 15, 3-7 PM, email for directions to the new location.

Lancaster PA Chapter – your wallet wallet patch











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sorry for the size of this, happy to email you the PDF upon request.