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January 2020 – A new decade

Happy New Year!

I’ve just sent out a newsletter with events happening at the studio and in Victoria in 2020.  You can read it here.

It includes information and registration for SAORI weaving workshops and retreats with SAORI Salt Spring.

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SAORI Clothing Design – A vest conversion

Two years ago I made a long, simple vest out of some fabric that I had woven. The vest was 3 strips of fabric sewn together with spaces left for the armholes and slits left in the bottom section. It could be worn two ways and I wrote about it here.

Here it is flat:

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And here was the finished piece:

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I liked it a lot … BUT I didn’t wear it.

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One day a couple of weeks ago, I had an idea. Inspired by Lynn’s Squid family, it occurred to me that the fabric could easily be made into a squid tunic / dress. All I had to do was sew up the seams completely, where I had left them open. Fold it, with one corner at the top – sew it up and cut a couple of new armholes.

And, ta da, it became a squid 🙂 that can be worn either way – the cowl at the front and it looks like a dress…

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The cowl at the back, which becomes a collar and then it looks more like a tunic…

Details…

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AND now I’ve been wearing it a LOT!

It’s good to listen to the cloth…

Happy Weaving,
Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com

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PS…I’m posting much more often on my Facebook page and Instagram account, so you can keep up with happenings there. Or you can join my mailing list here.

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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

 

Pillows

 

This week Tara and I worked on some pillows that she was making for a commission.

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She was delivering them yesterday. I think that they turned out really well!

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I always love Tara’s colour choices.

Happy Weaving,
Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com

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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:

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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

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Saori Weaving Workshops – March

This past month I have had many different Saori weaving workshops. I am back to doing monthly classes at Knotty by Nature in Victoria – one Saturday per month – the next one is April 30. (Knotty by Nature’s April newsletter is here).

Here are some photos from the March workshop:

Saori weaving at Knotty by Nature

More photos of this piece can be found here

Saori weaving at Knotty by Nature

Saori weaving at Knotty by Nature

Saori weaving at Knotty by Nature

Saori weaving at Knotty by Nature

Saori weaving at Knotty by Nature

I absolutely love sharing Saori with others and seeing their fabulous and unique creations. These classes are for anyone and everyone – no weaving experience is necessary. Others who have woven or taken other Saori classes before are also very welcome to come and explore new things, new ideas and be inspired as we learn from each other.

Happy Weaving,
Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com

Be Sweet Yarns

For Christmas I received some new yarns – yay!! One of them is a yarn from BeSweet – a very cool company with wonderful and unique yarns – perfect for Saori weaving!

Be Sweet was founded on the principle of being kind to others.

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The other yarn is called a Ten-Ten – it is from River City Yarns and is 10 different colours and textures of yarns of 10 feet each.

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Now of course, Ms. Snickers has to get in on the act when yarn is involved. She promptly laid down across the yarns and shook her head – “Nooooo….you’re not taking these yarns for your weaving!!”

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Well, she could have been right. Whenever I get new yarns and especially some really lovely yarns, I tend to hang on to them for that ‘something special’. I have a stash of those kind of yarns waiting for a particular project. Anyone else do this?

This time, I decided to just start weaving with them. I have a warp made from natural coloured yarns that I made for the Saori loom that was at Windflower Moon. Unfortunately for Salt Spring and visitors, they just closed their doors at the end of the year because the building is being torn down. So, the loom and the remaining warp came back to the studio.

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The good news is that it is perfect for these new yarns – Autumn Avenue in the Special Knobby yarn, Sari Silk Nubs (also from BeSweet) and the 10 x 10.

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Happy Weaving,
Terri

Note: I have now made arrangements to carry the BeSweet yarns at the studio, so let me know if you are interested – I have some of the different types for sale.

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com

I’ve got the blues…

…on my loom again! I so love the colour blue and here it is again on my loom!

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The warp is cotton and the weft is silks and bamboo – at least so far…

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These are so much the colours of the island! Not sure yet what this will become – perhaps a coat? a vest? a skirt?

Stay tuned…

Happy Weaving,
Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com

Waterfall Update

My “waterfall” weaving is done and sent off to New York City for the exhibit! Loop of the Loom will send some photos of the opening in March.

Here are a selection of photos from the finished banner…

Lots of water blues – fun to weave – all 22 feet of it!

Happy Weaving,
Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com

Saori weaving with children

I have had many children enjoy Saori weaving at my studio, workshops and community events.

This year, I have two girls (6 years old) who have been coming to weave since September as part of their homeschooling. We have had such fun trying different things and weaving together.

They just made some great t-shirts with Saori weaving…

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Stars – made with gold sparkle yarn…

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Butterflies coming out of a pocket…

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And a close-up …

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The girls did the weaving and helped with the sewing. The little trail from the butterfly is “the path the butterfly took” and was sewn on with one of the fancy stitches on my sewing machine.

They have also done many other weavings in the past months. They started on the children’s loom, but are now using the full-size SX60 looms.

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Saori Weaving

Happy Weaving,

Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com

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