Tuesday, June 29, 2010

anticipation

hmm... in anticipation of meeting india (and wendy!) this week i allowed myself to untie a bundle from my outside jars. it fit in a pint mason jar.
after about a month, it was nicely cooked. i love the sheen of the composting (rotting) plants.
eucalyptus and black hollyhock blossoms. the same eucalyptus i bought last winter (there's more)
wet, and just unbound, silk.
the final, rinsed, dried and ready to wear scarf is dark, autumnal earthy, and wonderful.

please go over to inleaf and see wonderful pictures lotta took of her shakerag workshop with india. i've tried ecoprinting on paper, and lotta shows some beautiful samples. i must try more! very, very cool.

see the green plastic barrel? that was my manure bucket for years. it then held tororo aoi root (japanese formation aid for papermaking) in the mill. this spring it became a home for bloodroot. in all this rain, it's a mini-bog. it's an old, around the place tool, that for some reason, i treasure. ugly; has served me well. 

7 comments:

aimee said...

that's what my hanji teacher said about some old tools around his mill, like a broken dipper that was ideal for dak pul (same as neri) b/c the broken plastic rim broke the mucilage so it didn't get all over the floor.

SO excited for your visit to toronto!!

Velma said...

i'm thrumming with glee, here. as you know.

Dianne said...

The silk is really beautiful.

Velma said...

i wish you could see it-it's better than the pic

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

when i saw the first photograph without
reading anything, my initial thought was
something got born.......
and as i continued looking, i started
crying. just like i cry watching human
babies born..

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

i was hoping it would be Wendy too. i can't
wait, and it isn't even me! can't imagine
this meeting.....

Cait Throop said...

I can feel that silk in my fingers! WOW, Velma!