And now for something completely different …

So, after returning from a New Zealand springtime and the richness of the blues and greens and so inspired by so many beautiful places, I went to my studio to weave. There on the loom was an autumn coloured warp that I had made before I left.

 

Surprisingly, it called to me and I ended up weaving in totally different colours for me…

 

 

I thought I’d make a mobius scarf – and so wove the ends in to make the loop…

 

And finished weaving (still need to finish the ends and wash it)…

 

Also, yesterday – 3 huge boxes arrived from Japan with my long-awaited yarn sets. I’m working on uploading them into my Etsy shop. Beautiful colours – here is the blue-green one 🙂

 

And today, Christmas Eve, we went for a walk in the woods – it was a warm, sunny day.

 

Happy Weaving & Happy Holidays to all,
Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com

More photos on Instagram

 

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Weaving Connections

As many of you know already I had an extended trip to New Zealand recently. It was wonderful to reconnect with family and friends there and also to enjoy some springtime weather while winter was approaching on Salt Spring Island.

 

Another thing that I was able to do while I was in New Zealand was to connect with a few weavers and other textile people.

We ended up unexpectedly going through Ashburton – the home of Ashford – spinning wheels, fibres, rigid heddle looms and more. We were lucky enough to get a personal tour of the factory by Richard Ashford himself! There was also a fibre retreat happening there and I got to stop in and see what they were up to. A great stop…and of course I bought some yarn.

 

I was also introduced here to Black Hills Fibre – beautiful naturally coloured fibres!

Next, we went through Hokitika, home to a Sock Knitting Machine museum and a small mill. We had a bit of a look there, bought some yarn 🙂

We were driving in the Nelson area and came across a weaver’s shop and stopped in for a look. A great collaboration between a woodworker and weaver – Joint Works Studio – in Ruby Bay. I bought a little loom, and a beautiful scarf woven by the late Anne Field (the weaver’s mother!).

 

 

 

Next stop, Nelson – to visit Meg in Nelson – writer of the blog Unravelling! What a treat to meet her – we had a look at her studio and looms, talked about the SAORI philosophy (she had been to a workshop with Kaz in Australia), and had so many laughs 🙂 Thanks Meg – so great to meet you!!

 

We also stopped by WOW The World of Wearable Art Museum – didn’t have a chance to go through it, but had a look at the shop and the catalogue. Wow indeed, some crazy wearable art!

 

Then on the North Island we visited with Louise Cook – who has just opened the first SAORI studio in New Zealand – WeaveYourself. Back in 2011, I taught a 2-day SAORI workshop at Majacraft (thanks to Glynis & Owen!). Louise was in the class and bought the SAORI loom that I had shipped there for the workshop. After weaving SAORI style for some time, Louise went to Japan to learn more. She has now opened her studio. Welcome to the SAORI Global network Louise!

 

Up on the Coromandel Peninsula we drove past a sign that said “Textiles”. Of course we had to turn around and go back to check out the shop. This shop was the home of Raewyn Penrose – a felter. We talked about felting and weaving and our shared love of textiles and we exchanged cards. By the time I got to my next stop I had an email from Raewyn and her husband Ian. It turns out that they have been talking with Fiona Duthie from Salt Spring about workshops in New Zealand. Small world.

On returning home, I learned about another SAORI connection that I wanted to share with you. Loop of the Loom in New York has partnered with SAORI Hiroba (a non-profit arm of SAORI in Japan that works a lot with people with disabilities) to launch a Kickstarter campaign. They plan to pair a weaver from Japan with a New York designer to create some unique one-of-a-kind clothing designs. They are still working to reach their goal – I’ve pledged to help – any small amount adds up quickly!

 

I love all these weaving and fibre connections!

And now, back to my home studio, inspired…

Happy Weaving,
Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com

Tuesdays with Tara

I wanted to share some of Tara’s weaving with you. Tara has been weaving at SAORI Salt Spring and at home for 4+ years. She takes to heart Misao-sensei’s message of “Weave Every Day”.

We work together at the studio to make warps to keep her weaving – she chooses the most amazing colours…

 

 

And the warps are always so lovely and inspiring…

 

And another …

 

She also uses some of the SAORI pre-wound warps and does beautiful weaving with them too. Here are her most recent pillows made with the blue-speckled warp…

 

A couple more things that she’s woven recently…two shawls…

 

And a belt…

 

And many other things including clothing. You can see more of her work in my previous posts here.

She has some of her SAORI weaving for sale at:

Knotty by Nature in Victoria
Bespoke in Victoria
Bark, Bath & Beyond in Victoria (where she has handwoven dog scarves)
Embellish in Duncan

Happy Weaving,
Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com

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SAORI in September

Fall has arrived, cooler weather and a bit of rain – but still beautiful days. The studio is busy with many weavers and a lot of inspiration.

Here is Jane who came to weave a scarf. She brought along some yarns she had chosen and started weaving – she was surprised when she stopped that it was much longer than she anticipated. Now she’s thinking it may become a vest – though it makes a pretty fantastic loooong scarf too!

 

Judy also came to the studio and did some weaving with some felt pieces from her nuno felting (judithdios.com – worth checking out!) along with some wonderful dyed silk hankies that are so soft and combined this all with some yarn from the studio and other bits and pieces – great colours and texture.

 

Roiane tried out SAORI for the first time and used some great bright colours, tried a bit of clasped weft and may come back to weave some more tomorrow!

 

Heidi is weaving a wonderful tapestry that started out with some waves…

 

…trees have now sprung up in the tapestry and it continues. It has been great to watch this develop!

More weavers coming tomorrow and then on Friday and Saturday too. Watch for more photos.

Happy Weaving,
Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com

 

Time flies!

It was in 2012 that I started to weave some fabric for our dining room chairs (I didn’t know how long it had been so I looked up my post here!). I used cottolin – a blend of cotton and linen for the weaving and colours that are in our living/dining room.

My original thought was to recover the chairs myself – but they needed rewebbing, new padding and the New Zealand wood was so hard that it was difficult to get the staples out and I would need special tools to get new staples back in.

So the fabric sat and waited….and waited…

Finally – just this past week – I took the chairs and fabric in to Kim at Blue Velvet Upholstery. She loved the fabric and the chairs and was happy to work with it and select the sections that would go on each chair.

 

I just picked them up and I love them!!

 

Finally! And Marzy approves too 🙂

 

Happy Weaving,
Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com

 

Weaving on Yellow

A while ago, Willow asked me to make a yellow warp for her to weave a small mat with denim strips that she had been cutting up…

 

She came and wove the mat and it turned out really well…

 

And, there was some warp left and so she came back to weave some more…

 

 

At the end of the warp, she started to shape the weaving, by cutting the warp threads at the back on each side and weaving them in as weft, making the weaving narrower each row…

 

I love it – so much texture and colour! She is going to hang it in the same room as the denim mat.

 

 

Inspiring!

Happy Weaving,
Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com

 

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Loom Dancer

With much anticipation and excitement, the Loom Dancer Weaving Odyssey on Salt Spring is now in full swing. Today is Salt Spring Market day and so all are off for a day of visiting artists and farmers at the market.

We’ve done so much already, starting with a tour of the SAORI Salt Spring studio in the woods…

 

A tour of Ewetopia Farm and Elf Leatherworks

 

and then off to the Gulf Islands Spinning mill, lunch at Seaside Kitchen and a tour of the wineries, brewery, cheese farms and more. A full day!

I was busy in the afternoon, with Alan, setting up the studio at Harbour House Hotel…

 

Yesterday, the weaving began…

 

And continued through the day. We even had visitors try it out…

 

And the weaving continues Sunday and Monday as well – but here is a small selection of the many beautiful colours and textures so far…

 

 

 

Lots more weaving and photos to come. Stay tuned to my Facebook page and Instagram also…

Happy Weaving,
Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com

 

SAORI in July

This month is wonderfully busy with SAORI weaving – classes, workshops, retreats and Zen Weaving Days. I just thought I’d share a few photos of warps and weavings being created lately – with many more to come!

I think the photos will say it all…

 

This week is also the 2014 SAORI International Conference in Peachtree City, Georgia which many people will be enjoying over the next 6 days.

Happy Weaving,
Terri

PS – In case you missed it, you can find my latest newsletter here – and you can subscribe to the newsletters here.

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com

 

The Joy Coat – SAORI Connections coast-to-coast

HAPPY CANADA DAY!

I thought that this story would be a good celebration of Canada Day. It is a story of Coast-to-Coast SAORI connections. It also has a connection to Peachtree City, Georgia – as that is where the 2014 SAORI Conference is being held this month!

Susan Forsberg writes:

There is a SAORI Weaving page on Facebook that I frequent as a source of inspiration and community and one posting caught my heart. The cloth was attractive for the colours used and the texture of the weave. The photos were tantalizing as well as intriguing. I wondered how it was woven and kept looking to see what I could. The more I looked the more in love I was with the cloth. The weaver Janet Sponagle Hopper from Halifax called it Peach Tree City Cloth. As I was to find out later she wove it during the never ending winter on the East Coast and was intending it to go to the SAORI Conference in Peach Tree City in July 2014, the colourful weave uplifted her spirits during the cold winter. In the comments of other weavers to her post was the question about how it was woven. Janet’s answer was precise and clear as she gave her method of warping and weaving, which I printed out for future reference, as I said I was intrigued by the weave. Janet’s description of how she wound the warp and threaded it and then wove it opened new doors for me as I had not explored any of these areas in my own weaving. I kept examining the photos one after the other and the more I did the more I was in love with this cloth.

 

Finally I contacted Janet through a message and told her that I was ‘reaching for the moon’ and asked if she would part with this cloth and sell it to me and to my delight Janet said YES, I was so excited I nearly fell off my chair.

 

Soon after we talked on the telephone and got to know one another and connected on many levels and many things. Her mother in law lives in Victoria and hopefully we will get to meet on a future visit to British Columbia. A short while after that first phone call the package arrived with tissue carefully in the folds and all around it along with a lovely card saying that ‘it had been a pleasure to get to know me a bit across this vast country and to know that she had created something in the Peach Tree City cloth that brings me joy’ and that she would look forward to seeing my new garment.

 

Well I looked and looked and hugged that cloth, studied patterns for garments, and looked at the cloth some more and I loved the flow of the weaving. The more I enjoyed the cloth the more I didn’t want to cut it to pieces and reassemble it into a garment. I liked it just as it was woven and in the order that it had been woven. I made my choice to cut it once only in half. Then I hand stitched it together and made my “Joy Coat”, put it on took photos and sent them to Janet. Thankfully she was pleased with how I had chosen to create the my part. I am filled with the Joy of the Coat, and the joy of the cloth, and the joy of the SAORI Story we share coast to coast across Canada.

 

Thanks to Susan for the great story and to Janet for the photos of the cloth. This story was shared recently at the SAORI Kai in Victoria at Knotty by Nature. Great SAORI Connections!

Happy Weaving,
Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com

 

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SAORI Weaving @ Citizen Clothing

I was invited to share two SAORI workshops at Citizen Clothing in Victoria once again. I loaded up the van with 6 looms, yarn, roving, treasure, chairs, shuttles and all the rest….

and headed to Victoria. On Saturday we had a SAORI Kai at Knotty by Nature (more on that in another post) and then Sunday was the workshop day. Metka brought snacks and we set up for the day…

 

 

Some people had taken my previous class and some hadn’t woven before – but all created some wonderful SAORI weaving. 13 new weavings in all!!

So much inspiration…

 

 

Each one so different. I so love sharing SAORI!!

Thanks again to Metka for organizing the workshop and setting everything up and to Patrick for the use of the great space. And of course to all the weavers who came to play!

Happy Weaving,
Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com