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The Temple of Pleasant Fabrics

The TPF was born one unforgettable night in an AOL chat room in October 1997, brainchild of Lolly and Arriande and an unknown third party...Then Arri (a.k.a. yours truly, Tess the Midnight Muse webmistress) created a folder in the AOL Pagan Message Boards, and just look what happened:


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Subj: Welcome!
Date: 97-10-17 04:08:20 EDT
From: Arriande

Welcome to the folder of The Temple of Pleasant Fabrics, often mistakenly referred to as the "Church of Satin." The appellation "Church of Satin" has been thrust upon us erroneously by our enemies, and in fact illustrates a profound misunderstanding of our central theology. Our purpose is to worship and commune with *several* types of fabric, not just one.

Initiation rites are secret, naturally, but include being caressed by fellow Temple members after being wrapped loosely in silk. For divination, we use the patterns in dotted-swiss and plaid flannel. The whisper of satin and the rustle of taffeta are mimicked with great effect in our chants and sacred songs, and our most moving ritual is The Holy Rite of Old Velvet in Candlelight.

Be warned that the TPF is not a "white light" or "snowy cotton" organization. If crossed, we will not hesitate to attack our enemies with the Hex of Burlap, the Polyester Bind, and the Curse of Bally Acrylic.

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Subj: Re:Welcome!
Date: 97-10-17 07:50:58 EDT
From: WindWeaver

Chuckle, a major contribution to the "weave" of truth, I applaud your efforts and willingly contribute to the "thread" of your belief, adding my "dyeing" influence to the "fold" of your temple and I bring the blessings of the "Great Horned Sheep" from your woolly brothers, and also the blessings of the "Many Horned Cashmere".

Many good and exotic "bolts" to you,

Marion Skydancer
Keeper of the Sacred Wooly Mammoth Peni

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Subj: Re:Welcome!
Date: 97-10-17 10:01:42 EDT
From: Raven00013

Ackkkkkk, get thee to a punnery!!!!!!!!!!! You should all be drawn and colored for this!!!!!!!!!!

<<Initiation rites are secret, naturally, but include being caressed by fellow Temple members after being wrapped loosely in silk.>>

Where do I sign up?

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Subj: Re:Welcome!
Date: 97-10-17 11:09:46 EDT
From: RSchroff

I have some concerns about whether I could fit within weave of your Temple

Although I get glimmers from Satin--well

sometimes I feel drawn to--to Linen.

Would this be incompatible?

Renee ( a concerned novice)

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Subj: Re:Welcome!
Date: 97-10-17 12:47:43 EDT
From: DRUIDGRL

I am concerned by the current trend I see withing the pagan community in our seeming migration towards using the flashier "synth" fabrics and are abandoning the traditional natural fibers. After all, we have all witnessed the tragedy of what happens when those durn synthetic sleeves are dragged across a sacred flame. Poof! Suddenly the ceremonial robes are turned into a smoking midriff tank top. And since we are on the subject, can anyone please tell me why sheep don't shrink in the rain?? Will someone please tell that priestess that horizontal stripes on her robe are just making her butt look HUGE??? A little fashion magick can go a long way. Where did I put those silver and gold lame mules?

::::clicking away on her stiletto heels to find the bubble gum pink nail polish to finish the her toe nails::::::

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Subj: Re:Welcome!
Date: 97-10-17 15:00:51 EDT
From: Chissy1

<< And since we are on the subject, can anyone please tell me why sheep don't shrink in the rain?? >>

<G> They would if you stuck them in a hot dryer!

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Subj: Re:Welcome!
Date: 97-10-17 16:01:35 EDT
From: Twinkelynn

Does anyone have a Spell for evoking love of doing laundry? E-mail me, quick!

(Twink~~Tongue firmly planted in cheek)

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Subj: Linen
Date: 97-10-17 17:47:47 EDT
From: Arriande

<<I have some concerns about whether I could fit within weave of your Temple ... Although I get glimmers from Satin--well sometimes I feel drawn to--to Linen. Would this be incompatible?

Renee ( a concerned novice)>>

Ultimately, communion with the Divine (and, by logical extension, the sensation of whether or not a Fabric is Pleasant) is highly personal and subjective. The pantheon of Pleasant Fabrics is broad and various, and we may pick and choose from among these Fabrics as we each see (or feel) fit. Certain unquestionably demonic fabrics, however -- regardless of the dubious suffering-is-pleasure approach -- will remain anathema in our Temple.

In short, enjoy your linen with a clear conscience. It is not an easy path you have chosen, but there are valuable lessons to be learned in the struggles you will undergo to keep things wrinkle-free.

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Subj: Re:Linen
Date: 97-10-17 17:53:40 EDT
From: RBCF Argus

I'm not sure I "cotton" to the idea behind this folder. It sounds like someone is trying to pull the wool over our eyes.

Argus, a dyed-in-the-wool traditionalist :::ducking:::

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Subj: Satin
Date: 97-10-17 19:37:18 EDT
From: BayouGodes

Finaly a place where my love for the Goddess and my passion for black satin is able to be expressed fully! Thank you Temple of Pleasant Fabrics.

  Blessings,
  Aradia.
Who likes the feel of black satin.Yummy!

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Subj: Re:Satin
Date: 97-10-17 21:33:12 EDT
From: Speedquail

the supreme deities of satinism are the fates, who spin, weave, and cut the weave of life, as well as any other deities associated with weaving and clothmaking. some sacred tools of satinism: the measuring stick - air - for analytically meting out the sacred fabric of life; the scissors: for cutting the weave into its appropriate pieces (related both to the practical realm of the worship of fabrics and to higher spiritual realities).

sewing the seeds of wisdom,
aase

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Subj: Re:Linen
Date: 97-10-17 22:03:45 EDT
From: RSchroff

<<In short, enjoy your linen with a clear conscience. It is not an easy path you have chosen, but there are valuable lessons to be learned in the struggles you will undergo to keep things wrinkle-free. >>

I Am Sew excited! Maybe this is my path..

maybe the pattern of my life will fit here!!!

At least i can iron linen. Last time I tried it with Satin it burnt!

But perhaps with experience I will master this art as well

Goddess willing

Sr Renee (Sr=Sewster)

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Subj: Re:Linen
Date: 97-10-17 23:14:40 EDT
From: Brbart1213

Aaarrrggghhhh! You are *all* a bunch of silly sew-and-sews! Love it!

Bright Bastings--uh--Blessings

Brother Bartholomew

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