Saturday, 31 December 2016

100 Day Indigo Leaf Fermentation and the Friends who Drop by to Mix the Compost.

It amazes me that the fermenting indigo leaves reach 50 degrees plus centigrade in only a few hours after mixing the leaves. 30 days of the 100 day fermentation have passed. The ammonia indigo smell is intoxicatingly beautiful.  (Momo & Geiger don't agree.) Every few days we fluff up the leaves and the temperature plummets and after covering the leaves with the straw mats it starts to ferment again.











Shunji was here from Amsterdam. One year has passed since he moved there. It was great to catch up.

It takes time to twist all the fringes on a full sized blanket. Once I finished them I put the blanket in a hot bath and washed it for an hour by hand. It filled/fulled out beautifully. The indigo stopped rubbing off and now I can play warm jedi for the rest of the winter.



Shunji wanted to visit Mixer and Jun and he found a gorgeous up-cycled Jedi sweater. The recycling Force is building!



Mixer hand-stitched/sashikoed the multi-functional band around my neck. It took her a week. Jeeeeeeesh....Thank you Mixer. It will be an honour to wear it a dozen different ways and think of/thank you each time.

She loves the red sashiko thread..."We have blood flowing through us just like these stitches."







I didn't manage to put up a Christmas tree this year but did put up the Japanese pine branches at the front door today to welcome the new year. Three hours left of 2016.  Wishing everyone finds peace and helps create some in our crazy world in 2017.







12 comments:

  1. Wishing you s very Happy New Year full of love, laughter, creativity and some surprises

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    1. Thanks Judi, I'll see you soon enough. Yuwa is so excited to be going to meet you.

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  2. Happy New Year, Bryan! I'm constantly amazed by your breadth of creativity.

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  3. Wishing you a happy, healthy and prosperous new year. I love your new scarf!

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  4. Wishing you and Hiro a very Happy New Year. It's really interesting to read about the indigo. I look forward to reading more.

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  5. Beautiful textiles- and to wash the blanket for an hour! You don't do anything by halves. The neckband is so interesting, what an intricate pattern, with the best red thread. The subtle pine branch display is perfect, sometimes these smaller gestures are more pleasing.
    Claudia Fisk

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    1. The shadow was like an artery and the blood capillaries.

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  6. all the best Bryan, a lot of nice works like this beautifull blanket, a lot of posts to read!!! and much love in 2017 :-) Anne

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  7. a lovely way to begin the new year...steaming indigo, friends, and a little pine bough.

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  8. Dear Bryan,
    Happy 2017 with lots of creative and joyfull moments. Love the jedy blanket and Mixer's red sashiko strip. Wonder how she manages to keep the stitches random whilst achieving a kind of natural pattern.S

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    1. Sure stitches until she bumps into an edge and does the pool table technique...

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  9. A very happy new year Brian! I really love to read about the indigo-processes on your farm and to see the beautiful textiles!
    Hope to see it all in real some day!

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