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  • Every one of the pix of your woad-dying adventure makes me want to skip work, find and brew a giant vat of blue, and dye everything I can get my hands on…..

  • How exciting to know that they are growing indigo right here in Tennessee. Indigo is so much better than tobacco in so many ways.
    I didn’t notice those regional accents you mentioned though. They sounded normal to me.

  • Yes. I do want fries with that.

  • There is a group on Facebook, Paper threads, yarns and textiles, with Susan Byrd, that explores shifu. She’s a master of this and fun to communicate with.

    Worth joining if you can handle the beauty.

  • So many cool snippets. If I didn’t have Boards to study for I would head to NYC and tour textiles until I dropped. Kudos to Stony Creek for working the farm to jeans pipeline. Here in NC, we’ve both been blessed and burdened by tobacco. It hurts to see once productive land turned into subdivisions of nowhere with ugly cookie cutter houses. So good to see a true alternative!

  • I have done some natural dyeing, and Indigo is not only one of my favorites, but the most interesting (and fun!). I have one Indigo plant growing in a pot on my patio, and it looks nothing like plants in this story (different variety, obviously). The process to get it to dyeing stage is too long for me to even contemplate, but I have enjoyed watching this one plant thrive. It is so great to read that Stony Creek is turning tobacco fields into indigo ones! Do hope that they are super successful.

  • Yes, “spread to the edge!” It makes me think of this hyphenated word: “Full-assed.”

    Definition from Urban Dictionary: adj. meaning all-out; with every effort; complete.
    ‘Why live life half-assed when you can live it full-assed? ‘ ~ Shera Princess of Power August 17, 2003

  • I CANNOT WAIT for the world to see the reason for the headsets and all that typety-typety-typing. It’s so good. It’s all so, so very good.

  • Say Yes to fries! 🙂
    Wow, that Catherine Tutter project is amazing and beautiful on every level – so well conceived and executed. Love the snaps of participants spinning paper…who’d a thunk it would even be possible? Oh, I wonder if she used 100% rag paper – I bet she did – full circle, that. Did you look at the “map” of the finished wimpel at high resolution? It is SO beautiful! I just love this 🙂

  • OMG! A headset that “frees the hands for knitting” — but you sit there typing??? You have been assimilated! You are the Borg! (The Borg don’t wear chenille intarsia, you know.)