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all in blue

March 20, 2013

Spring has sprung and the birds are singing!

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I am struggling to prepare a “slide show’ for the Victoria Weaver’s and Spinners Guild

it requires reducing 2000 images to approximately 150

meanwhile I am re-visiting the Japanese Textile Workshop

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one of two indigo vats outside Bryan’s front door

equipment spinning 003

reeling home grown silk cocoons

Lis' workshop photos 476

designing and cutting traditional paper stencils

Japan 2012 107

shibori and indigo

wonderful memories

19 Comments leave one →
  1. Bryan permalink
    March 24, 2013 10:03 am

    Jean, I am blushing..I have plenty of indigo seeds. Should I send them off to you?


    • March 24, 2013 10:17 am

      Bryan -if you have time and think about it before the Spring class arrives I would appreciate a few seeds. I will plant the local ones, the ones I froze from last year and your new ones – separately and see what happens. If you bring seeds with you in Oct. I will make small pkg. for the workshop. Keep on blushing, it would be more interesting if you just turned blue!


  2. lagriccia permalink
    March 22, 2013 1:19 am

    Oh, I wish we could have the same workshop here!


    • March 22, 2013 6:56 am

      Blandina – it all just came together because Bryan will be teaching at Maiwa Handprints in Vancouver. I’m hoping I can keep the workshop fun and not too busy, busy! In less than 48 hour the class is full.


  3. March 21, 2013 10:05 am

    How wonderful Jean, I bet you and Bryan will have a wonderful time, as will all the participants. I’m looking forward to seeing lots of pictures and detailed reports from the weekend. Will Bryan have enough time to explore old haunts?


    • March 21, 2013 10:24 am

      Lis – the workshop was Bryan’s idea, have to say I am more than a little nervous. I will occasionally put an update on the blog. He will be really busy (even for Bryan!) in Vancouver but hope we will have time/energy for a side trip on the Island.


  4. Judith permalink
    March 21, 2013 9:42 am

    Jean, could you tell me where I can purchase Japanese Indigo seeds in BC?
    Not having much luck searching on line.


    • March 21, 2013 10:37 am

      Judith – the seed I planted last year were ones from Bryan that I brought back from Japan. They were late being planted and I didn’t get any seed. What I am planting this year is from someone who reads my blog and also some from last year that I froze just to experiment with. I have never been able to buy commercial ones in B.C. Richter’s Seeds in Ontario at one time had them in their catalogue but they are not polygonum tinctoria or dyers knotweed which is the species that grows here. I hope to have seeds for next year and you could get in touch with me then. Sorry to not be much help.


      • Judith permalink
        March 22, 2013 8:16 am

        Thanks Jean
        I’ll keep searching! Don’t be nervous about Bryans workshop.
        I’m sure you will be oversold. If I didn’t have a family committment that
        weekend I would be there! This is the best workshop ever with both
        of you together!


      • March 22, 2013 8:58 am

        Judith – sorry about the seeds but if I come across any info I’ll let you know.


    • March 24, 2013 10:12 am

      Judith, where do you live in BC? I’m sure I can get my seed not used back and send you some from 2012. If you live up island [Vancouver Island], I have already sent some up there and could perhaps set up a contact with her. Susan


  5. March 21, 2013 3:05 am

    oh my.


  6. March 20, 2013 3:16 pm

    do you want a cheque now, Jean?
    are your indigo seeds up yet?


    • March 20, 2013 4:51 pm

      Susan – I will send an email regarding payment. I have a seedling heating mat which works well so haven’t planted the seeds yet as I don’t want them tall and gangly before it is warm enough to plant out.


      • March 24, 2013 10:08 am

        indigo report – I checked in at the farm yesterday and Diane said the seed had a really good germination rate. Up about 2″ already and she is going to pot them up. yeaaa


      • March 24, 2013 10:21 am

        Susan – I am going to get my seeds started this week. I will send an email to Judith and tell her to get in touch with you. Thanks 🙂


  7. March 20, 2013 11:24 am

    ooo, so tempting!!


    • March 20, 2013 11:33 am

      Aimee – the workshop was Bryan’s idea, I just invited him to come and relax for a couple days.


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