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January 3, 2020

well, here we are – day 3 of a bright, shiny new year

actually it is wet and windy – but one thing we can rely on is changeable weather

the question is – what am I going to do with the next 362 days

there is always cleaning, cooking, shopping and laundry but who wants to think about that

will I do another monthly textile challenge?

had to think very long and hard about committing to a fifth year

and finally – yes – 12 months of natural dyes, on cotton, wool and silk

getting organized winding skeins – cotton, which needs an extra tannin step in the mordanting

fine 2 ply commercial Merino and handspun silk, still unwound

and there is a mystery skein of rough handspun silk/flax blend – (I think) dyeing may tell me more


 a totally non-fibre commitment for the year, organize and label generations of family photos

at a certain age you realize that if it doesn’t get done the kids and grands won’t know names and places

so, to start, I made 2 dozen envelopes from a roll of newsprint that has been used over the years

for grand kids drawings, stamped and painted Christmas wrapping

  even unsuccessfully rolled between layers of warp on the back beam, it tore too easily

the start, the tip of the ice berg

a trip down memory lane, 4 generations of weddings

my Mom’s and my nursing graduation pictures

newborns and great grannies

this is going to take awhile and a few tears

it is all James’ fault, he wanted a picture of his childhood family dog

I’m determined, it’s time

12 Comments leave one →
  1. January 6, 2020 8:37 am

    I wish my grandparents had done this. Or better – that I had known they hadn’t, and had been closer (physically and emotionally) so we could have gone through them together.


    • January 6, 2020 10:40 am

      Dawn – I don’t think we understand or appreciate the need for family connections until we reach a certain age and then unfortunately, for many of us, it is almost too late. It takes time so we put it off, I’ll be 77 this year so now is the time. For the past 3 Christmases I’ve taken a dozen old photos to family gatherings and the grandkids (two 18 year olds and a 15 year old) are very interested so that is what has got me started. Internet searches have been helpful, when everything is organized I’ll pay for one of the ancestor search sites and see what is there. If you are interested I would encourage you to follow whatever leads you have, I wish I’d started earlier.

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      • January 8, 2020 1:13 am

        I got as far as scanning all my maternal grandparent’s photos, and sharing them with the family; my mum has all the originals – we started compiling them together, but she wanted to finish the project herself. My parents moved away from their families to ‘be away from our parents, and not have them interfere’ (true quote) which in turn meant that we only saw our relatives occasionally (They didn’t really think that thorough!) and I didn’t have much of a relationship with most of them. Still, what I can remember was great, and that’s what counts. Enjoy the memories they bring.


      • January 8, 2020 12:15 pm

        Dawn – everyone’s story is different – I was adopted and know something about both families – but it does complicate matters somewhat.

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      • January 9, 2020 1:33 am

        I can imagine.


      • January 9, 2020 9:09 am

        Dawn 🙂


  2. January 3, 2020 7:32 pm

    I need to deal with our family photos too. Probably won’t tackle it this year though. Good luck with your efforts!


  3. January 3, 2020 6:48 pm

    The older I get, the more convinced I am that no project is worth doing that does not have an strand of pain woven in somewhere amongst the bright and shiny threads. Those photos are calling your name, and you’re right, it’s almost a responsibility to future generations to put them in order. I shall look forward to seeing what else is on your mind for the coming year 🙂


    • January 4, 2020 9:06 am

      Kate – you are so right – “no pain, no gain”! I do feel a responsibility, who knows where computer photos will leave the next generations and even more responsible to past generations that they won’t be forgotten.


      • January 4, 2020 12:17 pm

        I think we may be the last generation to keep photos as prints and value them as considered captures of important moments. What you’re doing matters.


      • January 4, 2020 2:57 pm

        Kate – maybe a family member, in the future, will want to know names, dates and places while searching the internet. This will give them a start. The fashions in the early 1900’s are wonderful.

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