Oh that's so true. I would be able to weave blankets or rugs. Stuff that was pretty much finished and set as it came off the loom but I know I couldn't cut fabric I'd put so much time and love into. I would be so worried I'd mess it up and it would be wasted. I'd just end up with a pile of beautiful handwoven fabric
I often get stuck on big projects that i knit or crochet for myself. I have come to realise I get worried that it won't be as wonderful as I picture in my mind so I get right to the point of finishing and then chicken out.
As I type I realise that I finish other people's stuff and make sure it is up to scratch but not my own. Hmmmphh I think I've spent far too long putting every one else first and on the odd occasion I think I should have beautiful things as well I'm only giving it lip service. Until it's finished I could still pull it out and make it into something else for someone else. Gosh I'm bad. Must get out some unfinished project and finish it for me!!
I think the jacket looks perfect in your beautiful soft fabric. Please update the thread with the finished item I would love to see it
Your cloth is beautiful. I only wish I could touch it to feel the softness.
Your post reminded me of when I used to work in potteries. We ran a workshop and invited a Columbian pottery to lead a session and she decided to make small ocarina flutes shaped like animals. The people in the workshop were a mixture of potters, non potters and children.
She showed us how she made the animal flutes. The heads were made hollow. The potters said but if you do that it will explode in the kiln. She said it's not a problem..
She had different kinds of clay which had varying shrinkage rates from 13 to 25%. She enclosed one type of clay within another which had a higher shrinkage rate meaning as it fired it would shrink more than the other clay section and so squeeze it and break itself or the other section depending which was stronger. The potters said but it will break. She said it's not a problem.
She embedded clay shapes and joined pieces not as a standard potter would using scoring, slip and creation of suction but by adding tiny clay nails to the shape and nail holes on the other pieces and putting them together. The potters said but but but...... She said it's not a problem.
When the pieces fired .... This is a true story... All the ocarinas made by experienced potters (who made them believing the Columbian potter was crazy/stupid/wrong, it will never work) exploded in the kiln. All the other ones, made by people who just followed the instructions and did so without question, came out of the kiln in one piece. They didn't put limitations on their work or put obstacles in their paths.
The only people losing out in the weaving situation are the people who say it can't be done. Exploring the world and how to do things as a child would is far more rewarding and a far richer world to live in.
How very exciting. If you haven't seen the YouTube videos they are really interesting. Lots of info on no dig beds, although i haven't got the method down. Really interesting stuff on picking salad and herb bags and the technique used to wash them ready for packing. Really inspiring to see how much can be achieved in such a small amount of land and lots of info on his composting system which is vital with the amount of produce grown. Charles has a lovely soft voice too, so nice to listen to almost like being read a bedtime story 😁
Any advice for compacted clay soils and rainy climates?
Thanks Jocelyn for posting about the videos I hadn't seen the 3rd one which was a fantastic, thought provoking and balanced piece.
So great he (Daniel?) had taken the time to look at the other side of the equation and had pointed out the obvious - that the people in the forum can string thoughts and words together. It seems he can see the care we have in this community.
Todd Parr wrote:
do you do this just like sauerkraut? I've made that a couple times, but just put cabbage and salt in a crock, weighted it down and waited Is this the same or do you add other ingredients? I would love to try it.
Here's a recipe we've had that was really lovely with lots of garlic and ginger yumminess with none of the usual prevailing weather conditions
Jerusalem Artichoke Pickle
1½ pounds Jerusalem artichokes, broken into nodes, thoroughly scrubbed, and cut into ½-inch dice
1 teaspoon ground dried turmeric
1 ounces garlic (about 8 cloves), chopped
½ ounce fresh ginger, minced (about 1 ½ tablespoons)
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
2 teaspoons pickling salt
2 teaspoons sugar
1½ cups water
Toss together the diced Jerusalem artichokes, the turmeric, the garlic, the ginger, and the cumin. Pack the mixture into a jar with a capacity of at least 6 cups. Dissolve the salt and sugar in the water. Pour the brine over the Jerusalem artichokes; it will not cover them at first. Add a brine bag (a gallon freezer-weight plastic bag containing 1 tablespoon salt dissolved in 3 cups water) or another suitable weight.
The next day the brine should cover the Jerusalem artichokes. If it doesn’t, add more brine mixed in the same proportions.
Wait several days before tasting the pickle. I found it perfect after a week: The brine was sour, and the Jerusalem artichokes pleasantly, mildly spicy and still crunchy.
When the pickle has fermented enough to suit your taste, store the jar in the refrigerator. Keep the Jerusalem artichokes weighted so they won’t take on a grayish cast.
Bill Crim wrote:
A "Fuck the Fouches" sentiment and mean-spirited limericks don't do anything but stir up an us-vs-them bitterness that doesn't have to happen.
There are hundreds of comments on the YouTube video saying mean and pointed things about Paul including ones suggesting he is trying to run a kind of sinister cult. When I last saw it I think there were nearly 700 comments slapping the Fouchs on the back to Paul's detriment with less than 30 ( a guesstimate) opposed to the post or asking for clarification of their claims.
On this thread there are currently 61 posts. Some of which include comments which are not favourable to the Fouchs but are a response to a situation they brought in to the public arena. These comments do not balance out the landslide of comments on their video.
For my part I did make a comment which may have been taken to be nasty by some but its intention was to make Paul laugh which I was pleased to see it did. I hazard a guess the comments you were referring to (Bill) were made with the same intention.
Having watched some of the Kickstarter for the PDC it was evident to me that Paul was absent at times . He appeared stressed and had a lot of stuff to deal with. I might also add the atmosphere has now changed and the ATC seems to be a much better environment for all. I don't think he does this stuff for the good of his health. He does it because he loves and enjoys the subject matter. It is for this reason that so many people are part of the forum. His strong character has helped spread the word and is perhaps even a part of how the Fouchs became interested themselves.
No I'm not some kind of Paul groupie....(gosh Paul I think I might cheerfully strangle you myself 😁). He doesn't take prisoners or suffer fools gladly and it is his "house" so he does get to make the rules. He clearly states these things as most people will know from reading or listening to his stuff BUT he is doing it. He got off his bum and made it all happen. Maybe not in the way some people might like or approve of but for that Paul gets my gratitude and respect.
So if at a time when people are giving him shit, I can, in the tiniest of ways, make him laugh then mea culpa. I'll go sit on the naughty step with Paul ... wearing my t-shirt 😀
My advice is
Divide your music into 3 piles.
There's the A pile - these are the tunes you can play - the feel good I know how to do this pile. Play these regularly. They make you feel good. I can play my instrument. This pile will get bigger and bigger. It's your repertoire. Things you could play with friends. The tunes can be really simple but it's important to see that this pile are things you can play.
The B pile - these are the ones you are working on improving. Your aim is to convert these to A tunes. Try not to have loads of tunes in this pile so you don't get bogged down.
The C pile - ones you'd like to play - aspirational tunes. You can have really difficult stuff in here but it is worth having some realistic goals in here too so that you can see the tune going from C aspirational to B in progress and then to A I can play it!!
By dividing up your tunes you make the actual progress easy to see and keep the feel good vibe going.
Try to play for fifteen minutes every day. It's not much to ask. Not much of a commitment so you can succeed and meet that goal really easily. Stop if you're not enjoying it and try again tomorrow. Chances are that what will happen is that you'll still be playing 40 minutes later.
I saw the video and jeez do they like to use the word integrity as do so many others who commented to congratulate them on how full of it they are.....integrity that is
If they seriously thought their kids were in danger, they would have just left immediately. That would have shown integrity. They could have explained why they left early in their videos and it would be understandable. But what they actually did is to put it kindly 'strange'. But it will get them someYouTube views which appears to be the driver in this scenario and it also got them an unsubscribe from me.
They arrived with Nick knowing virtually nothing about Permaculture and they left 2 weeks later full of themselves and apparently knowing far more than Paul himself. So one positive Paul can take from this is that the teaching was obviously top notch!