indigo. strengthens cloth i’ve read. it seems to. it adds to it. even the sheerest of it. like silk and cotton gauze. working on window cloths again…
but other things too need strengthening. our world seems to need it. it needs our protection. from ourselves. it’s a very big effort. but something we can all do even in our own small ways. we can continue to make, to create, to wonder, to teach the way. join forces in a mutual direction. i need it. strengthening, that is. i like what jude said here (or rather what her father said to her). and what grace says here. the indigo has to first break down before it can be of use. that thought stays with me as i dye at the vat. breaking down in order to recreate something. decomposing. this is a thought that has occupied many conversations around here over the years. i see the slow decay. some days i want to hurry it up, but like the natural indigo vat, it doesn’t rush. it is life and what is the rush?
here, black friday nonsense was turned to blue friday beauty( i dyed a few things in the natural vat). since the boys were young i’ve observed BND(and even extended it to the entire weekend at times). that means no grocery, no gas, no financial transactions at all. just for the practice of it. that means no selling either. it’s very peaceful and i look forward to it. it’s a good quiet time to get out the needle and thread and stitch up a few things.
but in the end, we do have to exist on the planet here in our daily lives so come tomorrow, we will be back at our work, paying bills, creating and making to pay those bills. but maybe a wee bit more wakeful.
tomorrow is a full moon. i’m stitching a little silk velvet moon onto a gift for a new baby in the family. it will be a light catcher for him. it leaves tomorrow and i’ll try to get a photo first.
**note: since i started this post (Sunday) this was in the news. so while stores were racking up sales at record pace, garment workers in Bangladesh were losing their lives working in sub par conditions making those very things we just have to have. or do we?