Yesterday was a beautiful day.
Seems different here. OR. Since we moved, I feel different. Is it the place? Or just the course of events. After all, the world seems to have turned upside down just shortly after moving in. I can almost mark my calendar with it. Add to it all that has generally happened. The things that life brings. Funny how we find reasons for things. When there aren't really any, except change. Funny how we notice some changes and not others. Depends on how small our world is I guess, and then in relative terms, how big we might seem in it. How we filter the big through our own sense of self.
I have been distracted by so many things. This is a very late first cut from the small amount of indigo I am growing this year. The leaves were tired, and I was reminded that the color often fades when leaves get old. These plants reseeded in the planter box on the deck. There is more down in the garden, planted late but doing well in the heat.
For fresh leaf, I have begun to lean toward the salt method. Because I am very driven to over-tint a lot of cloth here. A fresh coat of turquoise over previously dyed or even commercial cloth. It is easy and fulfilling to alter the color in such a way, kneading the juice from fresh leaves into the old cloth. The one on the left I just used to mop up the leftover juice in the bowl, just a hint of blue.
For the fresh indigo I like the salt method best too but I went with the blender so I could use the leaves in the fermented vat. I still want to try making ink…sooner or later. 🙂 So many things to try!
And the days fly by
The middle two cloths, I could get lost in the forest of them.
i love how new colors form
Ohhhhh these different indigo’s……………love them!
They are just swell!!!
I love learning, but in all honesty, I’m not always very good at the applying/doing. However, I am leaning strongly toward learning to dye and actually doing it. Just because I have a lot of commercial fabric and I like the idea of some of it being overdyed to be more coordinated.
Over dye is my favorite…
Meant to say as “I characterize” but like that my typo removed the “I”
Keyboards…they can give us new eyes
Heard author of Thinking Fast and Slow on podcast saying how much “noise” there is. That we think we are more rational and consistent than we really are. We humans. I’ve been wondering about that as a characterize my actions or thoughts over the course of a day. Leaning feels like an attitude of rest to me. Learning’s work.
We all need something to lean towards…
Humans are so sure, it’s mind boggling…
leaning forward (noticing) ‘n leaning back (considering) are both learning postures. together they form a rocking motion. you rock, jude! x
Rock on, I say….
Am not sure if I’m leaning, or listing slightly to port, ya know? Feeling a little overwhelmed by the world again…
I need to knead my indigo and salt, just breathe.
it helps… a simple exercise in slow change
I love seeing real indigo leaves. Thanks for showing those.
If I can lean, I can sway, if I sway, I can learn.
They are a bit stressed from this weird weather…
So good to see you leaning into the changes of these surreal days swirling around our beautiful broken world. Am trying to make sense of all the things in this house after living here for nearly 13 years… will need to live to at least 100 to honour all the leather, cloth, glass, silver, copper, shells, feathers, grape vine tendrils, beads., stones, etc that have gathered over the last 35 years since I moved to Sydney… remembering the wild days when I moved fast and light with whatever I could fit in a taxi to the train station…
The man here is still like that, I think we packed one box.
except the motorcycle
As always you got beautiful results from your indigo! 💙🙌🏻
I kneaded for at least a half hour until color finally arrived.
“Funny how we find reasons for things. When there aren’t really any, except change. Funny how we notice some changes and not others. Depends on how small our world is I guess, and then in relative terms, how big we might seem in it. How we filter the big through our own sense of self.”
I love this. Thank you for writing and sewing your thoughts and showing us both of these endeavors. Enjoy this day, megan
another beautiful day here…
seems to me that leaning rooted into change is a lesson to be learned
L is for leaning and learning then, such similar words. Maybe the r is for remember
I like this; leaning/learning/remembering
Love the cloths on the line.
Are those indigo leaves from this year? Mine are not even the size of my little finger.
And always enchanted by the magic of fringe.
Thank you for sharing
Yes, just cut…