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June 15, 2012

this was the day – the sun is shining- the bees are busy

and I’m making traditional rice paste resist

formed into donuts and steamed for 60 minutes

beaten, with the addition of salt and calcium hydroxide. it keeps for a few days and I’ve had successful results after freezing it.

while this was going on I got the indigo vat started, let it rest







and then a test dip – only one dip – it looks good



the indigo seedlings are growing, they have been in the greenhouse as our weather has been cool


the seeds I planted directly in the ground are not doing so well and something is eating them – Canadian bugs don’t know they are not suppose to like indigo!

and now to skein cotton in preparation for scouring and dyeing


6 Comments leave one →
  1. June 16, 2012 4:37 am

    of all my tools, i have very special love for my swift. wooden like yours, it seems a mystery and mastery of engineering. i once saw a whale bone swift, sublime!


  2. June 16, 2012 4:21 am

    ome tasty dougnuts:)


  3. June 16, 2012 2:00 am

    How exciting to have your new indigo vat up and ready, I’m looking forward to seeing how the resist paste works out, good luck.


  4. June 15, 2012 5:00 pm

    everything is looking fantastic! the indigo pot looks so healthy, and the depth of color after one dip is marvelous. georgia insects don’t know the difference between native grasses and mulberry tree leaves, they’ll eat everything not tied down.


  5. Judi bushby permalink
    June 15, 2012 3:56 pm

    Looks like you have been very busy. Rice paste resist looks just
    Ike what we were using in Fujino


    • June 15, 2012 4:07 pm

      Judi – it is more than possible that it is but I forgot to ask Bryan how he made his resist. I may thin it just a little when I use it


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