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A weekend at Pacifica and an upcoming SAORI Kai

For a year now, I’ve been teaching workshops at the beautiful Pacifica Paddle location in Brentwood Bay on Vancouver Island. It is so wonderful to have my looms and supplies there at a ‘satellite studio’ and just come over on the ferry to share SAORI weaving.

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Here is a sampling from this weekend.

We arrived on Saturday morning and the weather was a bit misty…

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One of the first weavings was in all whites. Stunning!

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Then more colour, a lot more colour, crept into the next one.

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Some rugs were woven with local wool and alpaca roving. This one for a lucky kitty!

handwoven cat mat

The following day we had a full workshop including members of the Victoria Weaver’s Guild – they were interested in seeing what SAORI was all about and trying the looms out, learning about the philosophy and letting go…

We tried some ripple weave,

ripple weave

feather plying,

feather plying

And lots of colour and texture.

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Marilee was learning to make warps with Kenzo’s new warping tools. It’s kind of like making your own pre-wound warp. Quick and easy to do – and it can all be beamed and threaded right at the table. Or you can use the loom.

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A wonderful weekend again.

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Thanks to Peter & Sandra for making these workshops possible at their workshop location. And to all who come out. You can always go out for a paddle while you are there – or bring a partner or friend who would like to get out on the water.

You can also enjoy a paddle

Next month there is a workshop on Saturday, March 12 from 10-3 and then a mini-workshop on Sunday, March 13 from 10-12. We will be joined by a special guest – Stacey Piwinski from Boston – who will be the Artist-in-Residence at SAORI Salt Spring that week! Come and meet Stacey and see some of her works from her recent exhibit.

Stacey Piwinski, Artist in Residence

PLUS a SAORI Kai on Sunday, March 13 from 1-3. Please come out, bring your weaving, your questions and share in the joy of SAORI. All are welcome.

Happy Weaving,
Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com, see some updates on my Gallery page here.

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Ruffle Vest

When I was in Japan last May I had a chance to try Kenzo Jo’s special stretchy yarn. I had used stretchy yarn in the weft before, but never in the warp. This yarn is stretched and starched so that you can wind it into a warp like any other fibre. Once you wash the piece, the starch comes out and the yarn contracts making for a fabulous effect.

In this piece, I put this yarn every 5 (or so) threads just in the centre section.

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Here is the result before washing…

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and after…

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So exciting to see the changes!

Then, it stayed in my studio until a few days before the SAORI Kai this past weekend. I needed something new to wear and so it was time for this piece to become a garment. I wanted to feature the ruffles and so I made it into a vest, using the ruffles as a collar, the back yoke and as a feature at the bottom of the back of the vest.

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This was so simple to make as it is just two pieces. One piece is the entire front – from the bottom at one side, up and around the back becoming the collar and yoke, and then back down the other side. The back is a piece cut off and sewn to the yoke and the two sides. I sewed this all by hand. After I made it, I realized that it is similar in design to the vest in the Beginner’s Clothing Design book called the Rocket Vest (design #9).

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I added a few of “Bob’s Buttons” to finish it off (the morning of the kai!)…

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The vest is very lightweight, but warm as all the fibre is a very soft wool from SAORI Japan.

Happy Weaving,
Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com

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Artist in Residence Month

February this year is an Artist in Residence month for me. The last time I did this was May 2013 – you can read about my adventures from that year here. I felt it was time to do it again. For those that didn’t read my blog then, it was a time for me to focus on my weaving as an Artist in Residence – in my own residence and studio.

So this year’s residence started with a SAORI Kai over in Victoria at Knotty by Nature. What a great way to start out – sharing our SAORI stories and inspiration. Some new and visiting people were there which added to the Kai. Thanks to all who came!!

Lynn showing the back of her vest and it's construction

Lynn showing the back of her vest and it’s construction

As I start on this next Artist in Residence (AiR), I’ve been wondering what my focus will be.

The first day at home, I was unloading my van and organizing the studio after taking 6 looms and material, etc. over to Victoria. As I was doing that I was thinking about my AiR and also thinking back to Loomsday and what warps were still on my looms. One was my ‘Christmas warp’…

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This was a warp I put on before Christmas thinking that someone might like to weave something in Christmas colours – or that I might. One person did a weaving, but then there was still lots of warp left. I wondered – how can I weave this so that it doesn’t look like ‘Christmas’?

I looked at my bobbin tray – full of partial bobbins from my recent workshops…

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…and wondered what colours & textures would change the look of the warp? And so I started to weave…

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We’ll see where this goes.

It’s interesting that I have this feeling as I start out that I have to clear all my previous warps before I start on some new things. Making space perhaps for new ideas. I also wound some new warps yesterday – so I’ll just let this process unfold and see if it becomes clear.

During this month I have a workshop in White Rock and another in Victoria at Pacifica Paddle in Brentwood Bay – great chances to share SAORI weaving. I also have people coming to the studio to learn, to share. This is what I love – sharing SAORI!

Other thoughts for the month are to try some new fibres in the studio:

Some great recycled linens from Give a Darn Yarn that arrived last week…

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Some beautiful rovings from Ashford and of course some of the SAORI Yarn Sets that came just before Christmas.

And some new yarns that I’m hoping arrive soon from New Zealand from Black Hills Yarn which I will be carrying in my shop!

Fun!

I’ll keep posting my explorations….

Happy Weaving,
Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com

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SAORI Kai II – Wrap up

Thank you so much to Doneal, Noreen, Gabriella, Judi, Lynn and Tanya for sending in photos of their SAORI weaving! I love seeing what people are creating and hearing the background and thoughts behind a piece. Thanks also to everyone who ‘liked’ a post on Facebook or commented on the posts on the blog.

So, I thought I’d show my latest piece to wrap things up – the “Memories of Peru” red weaving.

I have it hanging over a large mirror in our hallway right now for Christmas. I’ve tried multiple times to take photos of it – tricky with the mirror. The weaving is 12 feet long and drapes across the top and down both sides of the mirror as you come in the front door.

Here it is in sections draped on a chair so you can see it better.

Memories of Peru - SAORI Weaving

I loved working on this red weaving – such a warm colour and I really was thinking alot about Peru – one place I’d love to go!! Nice for Christmas too 🙂

There’s a section in here that I call ‘red road’ which is kind of a pathway and journey section of the weaving.

Memories of Peru - SAORI Weaving

After Christmas it may be destined for some clothes or it may stay as a wall hanging of sorts. We’ll see.

Now, I’m back to a blue warp – surprise!!

Blue Warp - SAORI Weaving

So – here are all the SAORI Kai posts…

Linking the SAORI Kai (II):
SAORI Kai II – Waiting for Chocolate…
SAORI Kai II – Re-claimed, Re-purposed & Re-styled
SAORI Kai II – Oh Christmas Tree!
SAORI Kai II – A First Tapestry
SAORI Kai II – Dragonflies & Spirals Oh My!
SAORI Kai II – Winter White
SAORI Kai II – Invitation

Happy Weaving,
Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com

SAORI Salt Spring

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SAORI Kai II – Waiting for Chocolate…

So, I heard from Tanya yesterday that she was going to send in some photos of her current work in progress – so I thought I’d wait for it. She calls her piece “Chocolate Mint” – and that sounded worth waiting for…..

Tanya says:

Here are some pictures of the chocolate weaving I am working on. This warp has been waiting to be used for a while and was originally intended to be for some pillow covers. But the dark chocolate brown made me change my mind.

Chocolate Mint Weaving

It’s mostly alpaca, cotton, silk and bamboo, with a few odds and ends thrown in. It’s very lush and soft and I look forward to wearing the resulting clothing. The warp had a bit of green and teal/blue in it that come through and I’ve used a teeny bit of green also in the weft here and there.

Chocolate Mint Weaving

Chocolate Mint Weaving

Weaving in front of the fire in Jasper was really lovely.

Chocolate Mint Weaving

Weaving, chocolate, being in Jasper, by a fire – sounds like a wonderful time – and the inspiration is certainly coming through the weaving. This is really wonderful Tanya – I look forward to seeing the finished piece and what it will become! Of course there was chocolate to eat before you could use the ribbons…..yum…..I’ll bet this will inspire some others!

Linking the SAORI Kai (II):
SAORI Kai II – Re-claimed, Re-purposed & Re-styled
SAORI Kai II – Oh Christmas Tree!
SAORI Kai II – A First Tapestry
SAORI Kai II – Dragonflies & Spirals Oh My!
SAORI Kai II – Winter White
SAORI Kai II – Invitation

Happy Weaving,
Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com

SAORI Salt Spring

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SAORI Kai II – Re-claimed, Re-purposed & Re-styled

Welcome to the SAORI Kai Lynn – I always love seeing your clothing!

Lynn says:

This is a top that I made quite some time ago. I love the design, so simple with just 2 pieces sewn together with the top one a bit longer – folded to make the sleeves. The bottom is folded around to make the front. The fabric is cotton with bits of treasures here and there. But, I didn’t wear it much as I didn’t like the way it hung on me. A little too small.

Then a few weeks ago I was cleaning up my studio, emptying baskets, rearranging yarns and finding some of the first SAORI weavings I did years ago. I found a narrow strip of dark red, purple, a touch of yellow and blue. It just jumped out at me! I looked at it for a few days, thinking of how I could incorporate it into something I could wear.

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There was my neglected blue and red shrug, sitting forlornly waiting to be decorated for Christmas. It is the perfect collar! Now it fits, hangs beautifully and keeps my neck warm.

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I love the way SAORI has become such an integrated part of my everyday life. The way I cook, the way I garden and the way I create.

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Thank you for having the SAORI Kai Terri. I am always so inspired by seeing what others create.

Thanks for being part of the Kai Lynn! I love how you are so often re-using, re-purposing and re-designing things to work for you. You have often said that you want to be able to wear the things you make and so the designs have to work for you. I’m so glad that you found a way for this one to work for you – when I saw it the other day it looked like a whole new top!

Linking the SAORI Kai (II):
SAORI Kai II – Oh Christmas Tree!
SAORI Kai II – A First Tapestry
SAORI Kai II – Dragonflies & Spirals Oh My!
SAORI Kai II – Winter White
SAORI Kai II – Invitation

Happy Weaving,
Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com

SAORI Salt Spring

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SAORI Kai II – Oh Christmas Tree!

Judi started SAORI weaving in September and I have seen some of her work on Ravelry. I love these trees and am so glad that she is sharing them in the SAORI Kai!

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Judi says:

When I first heard about Saori weaving I was intrigued. I ordered a book from Terri, and when it came I read it cover to cover. I was speechless.

After knitting for 45 years I had, over the last few years, had a niggling suspicion that all I was doing was the fibre equivalent of paint-by-numbers. I didn’t feel creative; just productive. I had played a bit with a rigid heddle loom, but it was to try traditional techniques which didn’t speak to my inner artist either.

After reading the book over and over, it was as though the curtain had been lifted. The Saori philosophy was just what I had been seeking. Then, this past September, I spent a few days on Saltspring in Terri’s studio and my fate was sealed. A loom arrived at my house shortly after I got home, and hardly a day has gone by since that I haven’t sat at it and woven. I have made scarves, fabric yardage (some of which has been used in construction and some of which is waiting. Not sure what for, but it is waiting.) and my favourite so far, wall hangings.

These Christmas trees grew quickly, with no overall plan, from somewhere in my heart, and I suspect that there are many more little “pieces” waiting to emerge. I love that there are no Weaving Police, and that many of the traditional techniques I taught myself can be used nicely in Saori. I am so enjoying playing with fibre and texture and colour, and I love that everything I make is one-of-a-kind. When I weave, the Saori philosophy is never far from my mind, and I find it incredibly exhilarating, like walking on a beach in a big storm; wind and rain in my face and hair.

I am home.

I like your home a lot 🙂

More photos of the trees:

SAORI Weaving - Trees

SAORI Weaving - Trees

Wonderful!

If you are part of Ravelry, you can see more of Judi’s work on her project page here.

Linking the SAORI Kai (II):
SAORI Kai II – A First Tapestry
SAORI Kai II – Dragonflies & Spirals Oh My!
SAORI Kai II – Winter White
SAORI Kai II – Invitation

Happy Weaving,
Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com

SAORI Salt Spring

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Virtual SAORI Kai II – A First Tapestry

Gabriella wrote to me recently saying:

I’m sending you a photo of my first project as promised – I’m already almost done the second one and just loving it.

I asked her if she’d like to be part of the SAORI Kai with her first piece and she agreed. I think that you’ll agree that this is an amazing weaving!

SAORI Weaving

She wrote about her experience:

I came to stay for two nights at Honeysuckle Cottage. During my stay I did a bit of exploring and came across Terri’s studio & then ran into Terri who sat me down at a loom. That was the first time I’d ever tried weaving. I had a sense then that this wouldn’t be the last time and, sure enough, I had the opportunity to return later in the year, to spend more time learning how to weave. I said to friends, “this will either confirm that I want to do this or it’ll get it out of my system.” Two months later my Saori loom was delivered to my house and within a few days I’d completed my first tapestry. I’m working on my third tapestry now and looking forward to seeing where my weaving explorations are going to take me!

A close-up:

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I love the beads, the curving lines, the colours!

Welcome to the world of SAORI Weaving Gabriella! Can’t wait to see what else you create…

Linking the SAORI Kai (II):
SAORI Kai II – Dragonflies & Spirals Oh My!
SAORI Kai – Post 1 – Winter White
SAORI Kai – Invitation

Happy Weaving,
Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com

SAORI Weaving - Salt Spring Island

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Virtual SAORI Kai II – Dragonflies & Spirals Oh My!

Noreen is a designer of many things, bringing dreams and wonderful creations to life. She is a woman of many talents including knitting, crocheting, spinning, weaving and more. One of her loves is small looms – of which she has many – including a SAORI loom.

Noreen wrote to me:

I love dragonflies- they have a way of making me stop and feel wonder and awe at the beauty of nature and life in general.

It is no surprise to me that so many people who are engaged in healing find that the dragonfly, and it’s spiral path, symbolizes the healing journey.

I have been feeling the need for some dragonfly energy in my life, and so, I have woven a Saori prayer shawl or healing wrap that is an invocation to the dance of the dragonfly.

Dragonfly shawl

Dragonfly shawl

Here is the link to my blog post that has more of pictures of the dragonfly wrap.

Dragonfly shawl

How beautiful – some of my very favourite things – dragonflies, spirals and of course SAORI weaving! When I read what Noreen wrote it’s no wonder I’m drawn to these things 🙂

More info on Noreen’s work:
Website: www.crone-findlay.com
Blog: tottietalkscrafts.com
YouTube video tutorials: www.youtube.com/user/NoreenCroneFindlay
Facebook: facebook.com/NoreenCroneFindlayDesigns

Linking the SAORI Kai (II):
SAORI Kai – Post 1 – Winter White
SAORI Kai – Invitation

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com

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Virtual SAORI Kai II – Winter White

Doneal has written in with the first post for the Virtual SAORI Kai II. Earlier this year Doneal ventured from spinning into weaving when she purchased one of the new SAORI WX-60 looms. She has been using her handspun and other yarns in her weaving.

Recently she used the SAORI White Wool warp and she says:

Here is the first thing I did on the prewound wool warp..it was
fun..especially mixing all kinds of yarns..used some handspun and some fat
stuff..but found that the warp was so delicate I didn’t want to use a lot of
my heavier yarns..

I was surprised at the drape..maybe it was because of the skinny yarns in the warp but its really comfortable to wear..light but warm..

Beautiful! I really like the way it drapes too, the colours look so soft and the open areas of weaving really add to it.

Thanks Doneal.

Happy Weaving,
Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com

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