There was more work involved than imagined. It was a non-stop 14-16 hour a day two month slog of administration work. It's over. July 31st.
It took an entire extra month......Hallelujah.
All the homework boxes have been mailed and the workshop members are all ready to start their trips to Japan in late September. (Even a non-yogi can hear them stitching away at the prep homework across planet.)
The house is ready months in advance. Instead of going to the airport and getting out of Japan for a few weeks I will be spending the time at quiet quiet home and working on my own projects........heaven.
Many of you know I keep the doors open and the coffee ready. I've been replying with, 'I'm busy.' to good friends and foes alike the past few months. The lotus are blooming at the front door today. Pickled plums are drying in the sun. The tadpoles in the pond have sprouted legs and are almost ready to head to the forest. Heaven.
The investment of time and concentration wasn't worth it.
I took a pair of shears and ziiiiiip.....had all the threads off the loom in less than five minutes. Considering the time it had taken me to set up the loom and weed the mulberry field, feed the silkworms and reel the silk and dye it all...it was a pretty crazy thing to do.
Having been so busy the past few years something was lost.
That slow progression of related project one after another.
If you start a project with the criteria: "I should use up that thread" and "I haven't woven a kimono in years." There are too many wrong turns just waiting.
That whole project was off on the wrong foot. Rather than stumble through it, it was better to swallow some pride and take the loses with a deep breath.
The episode was a good bucket of cold water reality. Don't start an extremely time consuming project unless you feel right about it. All the colours and textures of the project and your own mind better be chosen carefully and harmoniously.
Hand spun silk... back strap looms. The thread-making process and the weaving itself take much much much longer than using reeled thread on a regular loom.
There are some precious cocoons left upstairs from last summer and the recent cocoons from two months ago.
So day after day the cocoons are being boiled and de-bugged and a pile of silk floss and hand-spun thread is appearing. Some of this years silk is already being woven.