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Blossom Festival

I have been wanting to go to Japan during Cherry Blossom season ever since I started Saori Weaving and made my first trip there. Last year I missed it by a couple of weeks. This year it is my prayers that I’m sending to Japan.

However, this weekend there is a Blossom Festival on Salt Spring Island!! How cool is that?? So, I’m going to participate and take my Saori loom with a ‘blossom’ warp on it and take a basketful of blossom-y yarns and invite people to weave.

Blossom Festival 2011

The banner, when completed, will be sent to Japan as I see it as a sign of new growth, rebuilding, collaboration and hope.

Cherry Blossom

This will happen on Sunday, April 10 at the Harbour House Hotel in Ganges on Salt Spring Island from Noon – 5pm. There are many other events happening too. Here is a pdf of the festival events.

If you are able, please come by and add some threads of hope and spring to the banner.

A friend of mine just sent this quote that I think is so appropriate – and so I’ve added it to this post:

Yoshida Kenko once said that “Blossoms are scattered by the wind and the wind cares nothing, but the blossoms of the heart no wind can touch.”

Happy Weaving,
Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com

Cherry blossom revisited

Back in the spring I started weaving some cloth inspired by Cherry Blossoms and made a Cherry Blossom Shrug (see previous posts here – 123).

Cherry Blossom

I had a piece of fabric left from making the shrug and so for my trip to Japan I made a top to go with the shrug…

Cherry Blossom

It can also be worn on it’s own…

Cherry Blossom

You might notice that the shrug has been restyled. This was a very simple modification – all I did was tie up some of the braided fringe – about half of the length of the front – so that the shrug is longer in the back. Much more wearable.

Cherry Blossom

This style can be made by sewing one simple seam – or two if you sew instead of tie the fringe. No cutting of the fabric required!!

Cherry Blossom

This photo shoot was done at our neighbours – The Blue Horse Gallery.

Cherry Blossom

Now I’m hoping that I can make a trip to Japan during Cherry Blossom season!

Happy Weaving,
Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com

Saori Salt Spring Studio

Cherry Blossom at sunset

I finished my first Cherry Blossom weaving a while ago, but was waiting for the stars to align a beautiful Salt Spring Island sunset to take some photos.

waiting

Finally, we had the day the time to go and enjoy the sunset. It helped that the next day I had to take it in to be on display for the ArtCraft show!

Salt Spring Island Sunset - Southey Point

Wow!

Well, before the sun set, Alan took some photos of the ‘Cherry Blossom Shrug’.

Now, more cherry blossom warp to work on, so more to come. I already have the next warp made for my Project Spectrum East – yellow ready to go.

Weave every day – that should do it!

Happy Weaving,
Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com

Cherry Blossom

Spring seemed slow to come this year, but when it did all the blossom trees were (and are) so beautiful to see. We were out one day and I was inspired by the many shades of pink and so I decided that my next Saori weaving would be a “Cherry Blossom” weaving.

Cherry Blossom

So, I set up my loom this past week with a shades of pink warp and have just started my weaving. I put on an 8-metre warp, so I’ll have lots to play with and many things to try. I hope to do my ‘weaving every day’ and see how it evolves.

Cherry Blossom Weaving

I’ll keep you posted.

Mosaic
Happy Weaving,
Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com
Saori Salt Spring