Stopping the shopping // Norway

Participants of the Sewing Rebellion are invited to emancipate themselves from the global garment industry by learning how to alter, mend and make their own garments and accessories! Hosted by Frau Fiber, textile worker and activist. Frau Fiber distributes her knowledge of the garment industry, pattern making and sewing, encouraging the reuse, renovation and recycling of existing garments and textiles in the creation of unique items tailored to individual tastes and body shapes. source

Rereading the above made me look around the internet to see if other have stopped shopping.

In Norway the journalist and writer Irina Lee has stopped shopping for a year and is quoted saying:

Jeg er et lettere, lykkeligere og rikere menneske i dag, enn jeg var for ett år siden. Alt takket være Stop shop, forklarer Lee. (I am a lighter, happier and more rich today than i was one year ago. This is thanks to “Stop shop”, Lee explains.) source, my translation.

Lee has started a group on Facebook to encourage and help people stopping the shopping. The group had over 800 members in january 2013.

Also Jenny Skavlan, a norwegian fashion blogger, who joined the “Stop shop”-wave reports increasing creativity after joining. Skavlan has written a list with 5 tips (in norwegian) to people who “stop shop”:

  1. Mend your clothes
  2. Clean your clothes more gently (and perhaps more seldom)
  3. Decorate with perls and the like
  4. Sew with thick garnments that does not fray (leather, and the like)
  5. Borrow clothes from family and friends

More norwegians blogging about their “stop shop” 2013.

Preparing wool

How to prepare wool to be used as stopping:

Rinse

Get wool from a local farmer nearby you. Clean the wool from scrapping and part chunks. Rinse the wool from the sweat of the animal by soaking and very gently tugging it in water not warmer than 40 ‘C. This treatment leaves a great amount of wool grease in the wool. Dry. Finish by fluffing it up by parting all chunks of wool with your hands.

Wash

Wash wool if too smelly or dirty by gently soaking and very gently tugging it in soap water not warmer than 40 ‘C. Make sure the wool is only soaked for a short while.