Foamcore Looms 2 – Easy Weaving

The foamcore looms are easy to make and inexpensive. I bought a piece of foamcore board for about $3 and it made over 10 little looms. It is great for projects for groups, for children, for demonstrations, and so on….
Foamcore loom front of loom Foamcore loom back of loom

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The loom can be cut to any size depending on what you want to weave. Slits are cut along the top at evenly spaced intervals. These looms (shown) are threaded with a black cotton yarn. I have started in the middle of the back and looped the yarn around, securing it in the slots, and then finished by tying it in the middle of the back. The weaving is done on the front of the loom – using a tapestry needle.

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Foamcore Looms 1 – Easy Weaving

Since mentioning foamcore looms in my November 21st entry about the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre in Vancouver, BC, a few people have asked me about the looms. So, I am writing a series of blogs about the looms and how to make them, some things that you can make on them and some step-by-step instructions.

Here is a picture of the pile of looms that I had on my ferry trip over to Vancouver…

Foamcore looms - easy weaving Foamcore looms
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It was a dramatic early morning trip over…

Ferry Trip from Long Harbour to Tsawwassen

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SAORI Weaving Book

There is a wonderful book available on SAORI weaving. It has the fascinating history and Zen philosophy of Saori, techniques of warping and weaving, and instructions on how to make clothes from Saori weaving along with some beautiful colour pictures.

SAORI Weaving Book

“Self Discovery Through Free Weaving” was reviewed by Jane Patrick in the September/October 2005 issue of Handwoven magazine. Please let me know if you would like to order a copy for yourself or your guild.
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Walking for Peace

I just read an incredible story about a man, Jean Béliveau, who is walking “around the planet to promote “Peace and non-violence to the profit of the children of the world”.”

WOW! He started on August 18th 2000 and is still walking – for 6 more years!

Now that is dedication to something he believes in! His website has some wonderful pictures of his journey and the children, as well as a map of where he has walked and his future plans.

I read a small article in Canadian Living magazine – and I’m wondering – why doesn’t something like this make the news???

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Many woven scarves

Now that Christmas has passed and gifts have been given, I can post some more pictures of scarves that were woven at my studio in December by students……

Blue Scarves Blue Scarves

Cat in the Hat Scarf “Cat in the Hat” Scarf

Green Scarves Green Scarves

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Yarn resources …..

Some more great sources of yarn that I have been using ……

Right here on Salt Spring Island –
The Gulf Islands Spinning Mill
Jane Stafford Textiles

In Revelstoke –
Talisman Fibre & Trading

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Weaving a Banner for Peace – article published

I wrote an article for “Fibre Focus” – The Ontario Handweavers and Spinners magazine – on my “Weaving a Banner for Peace” project this past summer. The magazine has just been published and I am so excited. I haven’t received my copy yet – but look forward to getting it soon.

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Endless possibilities …

SAORI weaving is all about endless possibilities, peace and self expression. A while ago, someone told me about a place in the U.S. that is called “Endless Possibilities”. Here, they take donated clothing that cannot be sold at their Thrift store and turn it into strips of cloth for weaving….endless possibilities.

They sell these items to then help raise more money to run their crisis line (Hotline is the a 24 hours a day crisis center for domestic violence, sexual assault and HIV/AIDs management). But not only that – it has become a place for people to drop-in, learn to weave and a community centre of possibilities….

What a great idea – Endless Possibilities

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SAORI Weaving for Christmas

Here is a beautiful SAORI Christmas table runner woven recently at my studio….

SAORI Christmas Table Runner and another, seen here as a scarf…. SAORI Christmas Table Runner

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Local suppliers – beautiful silk yarns

Here on Salt Spring Island, we are lucky to have a wonderful supplier of gorgeous silk yarns …..

Treenway Silk Yarns - Salt Spring Island, BC Treenway Silks

You can order any of their wonderful products by mail….but what a feast for the eyes to go by the shop and see all the beautiful colours!!

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