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Saori tour of Japan with Saori Worcester

In 2007, I went with Mihoko on a Saori Tour of Japan. It was a wonderful trip and we got to visit many Saori studios as well as see many sites in Japan. The people that we met were so welcoming and I loved the trip – it was great to be there with someone from Japan who could do all the translations, knew the places to go and did all the organizing! When I went, I thought it was a once-in-a-lifetime trip, but people kept saying “When you come back to Japan….” and I thought no, this is my only trip. After the third time I heard that I started to believe it.

Japan Tour

In 2010 I did return to Japan for another SAORI experience. You can read more about it here and here and even here, here and here. We were there for Misao Jo’s 97th birthday celebration!

I would highly recommend this upcoming trip to anyone who can make it. I recently heard from Mihoko and Nat that they are still accepting people for the tour even at this late date.

Here is the info:

The 4th Saori Improvisational Hand-Weaving Study & Friendship Tour of Japan is from June 23-Thursday, July 7 with Saori Worcester. More information here (where you will also see some photos of me on the trip!) Please contact them directly if you are interested.

Japan Tour

Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about Japan – not just because of the earthquake and tsunami, but because I want to plan another trip for more SAORI – soon!

Saori Studio

Happy Weaving and Happy Travels,
Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com

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Salt Spring Fibreshed

Through Chris at Joybilee Farm and the Fibershed blog I have learned about Fibersheds – or should I say Fibresheds in Canada.

A fabulous idea! Since I moved to Salt Spring Island, I have been thinking about ideas like this – with all the sheep here (and alpacas, llamas, etc.), spinners, weavers, dyers, clothing makers as well as the Gulf Islands Spinning Mill there is a great potential. Add to that everyone within a 150 mile (more or less) radius and there is a lot of products and a lot of talent! The idea of a Fibreshed has brought it all together for me.

The 150 miles would include everything from Salt Spring Island almost to Penticton, Vancouver, Hope, Merritt, the Whistler area, most of Vancouver Island (perhaps all if we extend it north a bit), down to Seattle and Tacoma, the Olympic Peninsula…wow!

Wouldn’t it be great to bring that all together and create a collaborative group to share, learn and produce local products? How about connecting that with the Transition Town movement and Transition Salt Spring? Transition Victoria and others?

Salt Spring Sheep
Here are those Salt Spring sheep again….
Sheep herding

Interested in joining me to explore this idea? I’m going to set up an email list and start putting ideas together. Please contact me with your ideas and let me know if you want to be on the list. Chris (at Joybilee Farm) is also setting up a Fibreshed in the Grand Forks area (southern interior of BC) and surrounds, so you can also contact her here.

Happy Weaving (and spinning, dying, knitting, sewing, shearing, …..)
Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com

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Hankering for Yarn -> Tottie Talks Crafts

I know that some of you are also readers of my dear friend Noreen’s blog – which was, up until yesterday “Hankering for Yarn”.

I just want to let you know that she hasn’t stopped blogging, you can still read about her wonderful fibre discoveries and creations over on Tottie Talks Crafts.

She has great ideas, great tutorials, patterns and more. She has also published a wonderful new book called “The Woven Bag”. You can buy it here on Amazon or order it through your favourite local bookstore.

Happy Weaving,
Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com

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Scarves with a Purpose

Sharron Hatelt on Quadra Island has been working on a project this year called W.A.R.P., Weavers in Action Revival Project.

Some aspects of the project will be free handwoven scarves and blankets based on self-assessed need, blankets and shawls for auction at community fundraisers, as well as public weaving to encourage and enlighten folks about this wonderful craft.

WARP Scarves
photo by Sharron Hatelt

Here are some posts from her blog about the progress:
April Scarves
May Scarves
Community Market
W.A.R.P. Update
June Scarves
July Scarves
W.A.R.P. Report
Community Thanksgiving

In total

we raised over $2,000 for charity, and passed out 87 scarves, 18 baby sweaters, and two dozen other knitted items.

Wow – that is so great. Not only that but they were at the market doing much of the weaving showing people what it was all about.

Congratulations!

and Happy Weaving,
Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com
Saori Salt Spring Studio

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Salt Spring Fashionistas!

Inspired by this Storm Cloud Shawlette and Project Spectrum – North, I decided to use up the green yarn I had leftover from making the shawl for my mom’s St. Patrick’s Day birthday.

Shawlette

The next week at my weaving class I brought out Petra (my model) to see if I could get some photos of the shawlette.

The “Fashionistas” in my Saori Weaving Class wanted to help and to see how many ways they could put the shawl on Petra…

Fashionistas

Fashionistas

Fashionistas

Fashionistas

Fashionistas

Fashionistas

Fashionistas

Fashionistas

Or on themselves…

Fashionistas

Great ideas! I can’t wait to see some of their Saori clothing design!

Happy Weaving,
Terri
My website www.saorisaltspring.com
Saori Salt Spring - Saori Weaving

Project Spectrum – PS4 (North)

Project Spectrum is currently focusing on:

NORTH (March/April)
Color: Green
Material: Stones/Gems/Rocks
Season: Winter
Element: Earth

Some Salt Spring Island photos of inspiration for me …

PS4 - North

I decided to knit a ‘verona-style’ shawl (as described by Lolly – Lolly Knits). It is a cross between a scarf and a shawl and can be worn in different ways.

Ms. Snickers inspects the finished shawl…

PS4 - North

Another way to wear it. I love how the colours reflect the mossy colours of the background

PS4 - North

I have enjoyed this simple knitting, while travelling on the ferry, while watching TV, while waiting or just to relax. A simple stockinette stitch – knit one row, purl one row …

Happy Knitting, Weaving, and whatever else you might be doing for Project Spectrum….
Terri

Shhh…don’t tell my mom – it’s her belated birthday present!

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com
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Socktoberfest update

Back in October I decided to try knitting a pair of sox in celebration of Socktoberfest…

Socktoberfest blog entry…

Well Socktober changed into November and then December (Sockember perhaps) and finally on Christmas Eve my socks are finished and ready to be “hung by the chimney with care”….

Socktoberfest

Socktoberfest

I had been hoping that I would really love knitting sox as there are many people I’d like to make them for – it hasn’t happened yet.  My next try will be to learn to knit both sox at the same time on the circular needles.  Then at least I’d be done them both at the same time!

Any suggestions?

In the meantime,
Happy Weaving, Knitting, Spinning, etc. and Happy Holidays,

Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com

Salt Spring Saori Studio

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Socktoberfest Update

Well – one sock done! One more to go.

Socktoberfest

I hear that people get hooked on knitting socks…well I haven’t yet. I think I have second sock syndrome (SSS) – having happily finished the first sock, realizing that I have to do the whole thing over again…LOL! I wonder if I will have the pair done by the end of the month??

So Happy Socktoberfest!

Socktoberfest (Note: you can find Socktoberfest on Flickr or Ravelry)

Anyone else out there making socks for Socktober?

Happy Weaving (& knitting),

Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com