February 2012 Memo to the People

New Strategies, Frau Fiber declares Feb 14, international love a textile worker day!

Frau Fiber and the national Chapter organizers spent the month of January reconsidering Sewing Rebellions current strategies of monthly area meetings.  We came to the conclusion they are not facilitating the knowledge disbursement in an adequate manner.  While the Sewing Rebellion continues its mission to emancipate people from the global garment trade, new strategies will be implementing.  In the future Frau will send out calls to action instigating experiences of commemoration of garment workers and generating opportunities to gather in public for sewing, mending, garment hacking and textile up-cycling.   You are also encouraged to develop your own actions in your own communities either as an individual or as a group and share these actions with Frau, so she can share it with the world!  It’s time to take the Sewing Rebellion to the streets!

With this in mind Frau Fiber would like to declare February 14, 2012 INTERNATIONAL LOVE A TEXTILE WORKER DAY.

Do you know someone who is skilled at using a sewing machine, tailors suits and dresses; hand sews, knits, crochets or weaves, either professionally or as a hobby.  If the answer is yes, let them know you appreciate their work by giving them a hand message.

The hand is one of the most useful structures in the human body and sets us apart from most other animals. With 19 bones in the hand and 14 small joints for movement and numerous muscles, ligaments and sheaths, a loving hand massage can help a garment worker recover from hours of unappreciated labor.

Here are ten simple steps for giving a textile worker’s gentle message to let them know you appreciate how hard they work.

1. Start with the person’s dominant hand, since that hand probably worked harder during their 18-hour shift.

2. Take the hand gently into yours and pour a few drops of lotion onto the top of the 

3. Rub the top of the hand gently with a circular motion using all four fingers, working from the large part of the hand up through the base of the fingers and then to the tips of the fingers.

4. Then with your thumb, apply a bit more pressure to the top of the hand, and massage the top of the hand with an up and down motion, working from the wrist area up through the base of the fingers and then out to the fingertips. Apply more lotion if the hand feels dry to the touch.

5. Turn the hand over and pour a few more drops of the lotion candle into the palm.

6. Begin working the palm by placing your thumb into the palm of the hand with your four fingers on the other side of the hand.

7. Gently press around the palm, and the thumb, and use your thumb in a circular motion – first in the palm, then around the base of each finger extending out to the tips.

8. From there, return to the palm, and continue the circular motion down the palm to the wrist. Do this on the entire palm.

9. Shake the hand slightly to check its state of relaxation. The hand should feel loose at the wrist and relaxed.

10. Start all over again on the other hand!


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