Monday, 3 February 2014

Indigo Memories

What a delightful afternoon I have had, one full of memories.  I have finally sorted out my Japanese Textile Study Tour "stuff" and incorporated it all into the rest of my sewing things.

When I returned from Japan (in April 2012), I put everything related to the Tour in a large "Curver" box on wheels:  fabric, my journal, souvenir pieces of packaging, fabric, threads, gifts from my Indigo Sisters, fabric, gifts from Bryan's neighbours and students, books, fabric, indigo seeds, CDs of everyone else's photographs…..

I have been delving into the box for various projects but the contents remained together under the heading "Japan 2012".  This afternoon I have sorted out the box and indulged in memories of the Tour and the wonderful people I met.  I have put the various books onto my bookshelf, I have put the threads in my threads drawer, I have stroked the fabrics and allocated them to various new boxes according to whether they are new fabrics, vintage or created by my own fair hands.  You get the idea.  

I have also started a little portable project with the remaining pieces of indigo dyed fabric from my boro cloth.  These little pieces will be stitched in sashiko thread as the mood takes me and will then become a book cover.  The Dorset button was made by one of my Indigo Sisters, Jean, and I will use it to fasten the book cover.  More memories every time I use it.


  1. What a lovely way to spend the afternoon :-) Your portable project looks very attractive and I shall look forward to seeing it transform with stitch.

  2. That is a great idea! Keep all things gathered in one place after a trip/event and then a year or two later not only the physical things but all the memories will come pouring out.

  3. Don't forget to include that Katazome piece we went half together. I'm going to make a boro piece one day too - Nice piece so far Lis - Hugs Nat

  4. Sounds like a great way to spend an afternoon!

  5. What a great way to use every last precious bit of indigo. I imagine it was a thrill to create some of those pieces yourself!

  6. Ongoing memories continue to give inspiration. I love all my bits and pieces and often get them out to remind me of the wonderful time we had. Gad a delightful little note from Bryan a few weeks ago. Just wonderful.


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