sometimes the time after a show is my favorite time. the busy preparation time is over, the workshops given, information imparted, items sold, people met, much talking, boxes returned, unpacked, put away. and best of all, bills paid for the coming month from proceeds of the show.
this is the time when i can “live in the shadow of the wind”. a small space in time of seeming protection from outside forces.
i am working still, of course. but more at my own pace. and moving at one’s own pace, one can linger here and there. wonder about a thing or two. even plant a few seeds between dyepots.
last year i had saved some tomato seeds from a plant that grew along the driveway. it was particularly productive with an early , moderately sized flavorful crop. i dried them on a piece of paper toweling just because it seemed practical at the time. now that i am planting them, i just had to snip the paper towel into bits and plant it right along with the attached seeds.
and the cores of the ribbon rolls i had been saving worked great. also planted were えだまめ、ししと、おちゃ、みずな。(that would be edamame (soybeans),shishito (sweet peppers great for grilling),mizuna (greens),and tea.)
i am working at reviewing some of my offerings and changing up a few things. trying out some new ideas on arashi. stitching lots of silk. dyeing indigo. the vat continues and yesterday i started a new indigo fermentation soup. i’ve decided to leave the madder alone for now. too many things going on in one small workspace leads to confusion and mediocrity. i have enough going on at the moment. but the madder out back along the fence continues to grow…madly!
i do want to say thank you to all the wonderful folks who came out to the Sew Expo show in Puyallup. i was very pleasantly surprised by this show. it is a bit different from the other shows i have been doing in that many of the attendees are garment sewers. i like that. there were even some young middle schoolers who were learning to sew for themselves (thanks to the 4H programs there) and were eager to show me their projects. i noticed that some of the items that didn’t sell at the houston show were the first to go at this show! interesting. i was pleased because i really do want to make more of those items and next year i will be tailoring my fare to suit this customer even more.
now- i’m off to do some work on the Japan Silk Study Tour and to get to work on a boatload of silk shibori ribbon. the wind’s shadow is fading fast…