I hemmed all the waffle weave cloths by machine, which meant that they actually got hemmed in record time. I had tried several different treadlings for the hems, but after trying them all, I preferred to just weave the hems in waffle weave. They seem to look and act the nicest in the finished towels and are pretty easy to hem.
The two cloths I did with purple cottolin weft, were folded into bunny shapes. I used them to hold hand poured vanilla scented candles. They are votives and now I'm thinking that I should have put them in votive holders, to make sure the kids burn them safely. This one isn't waffle weave, but an inadvertent birdseye twill, because I set the treadles in correctly for the pattern I was using. I even tested and checked it, so I really wasn't paying attention that day as I was halfway through the towel when I noticed it.
I carved this block of spring flowers. I was thinking about a friend who loves snails, so I added a little snail to the picture. My son's girlfriend thought they were pretty neat and suggest I sell these on Etsy. I thought that was a rather nice compliment.
I planted some more Japanese Indigo seed, these ones are destined for the garden, whereas the first batch was grown early, in order to try to produce my own seed. I also planted some woad seed. I used old seed and only a few germinated. I took some of that seed and soaked it overnight, and a few more germinated. I soaked some seed overnight, layered it in paper towels and set it in a plastic bag, like that grade school science experiment with beans. A few more seeds germinated. Then I found the last remaining seeds that a friend gave me more recently. I soaked those over night and planted them. So far, none of these last batch have germinated. But... (happy smile here ) so far enough of the old seed has germinated, using all those extreme methods, that I should have enough to play around with woad pigment later this summer, if I can keep them alive. I think I have 20 seedlings so far. If the fresher woad germinates, then I'll have a safety net as well.
I have fresh Madder seed if anyone needs any. It's from last fall.