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Changes coming to the SAORI Salt Spring Studio!

As of November this year, my teaching studio will be moved into Honeysuckle Cottage! This means there will be more space for weaving, a sewing room, a bathroom and full kitchen. We will still be in the woods, with a beautiful deck to enjoy.

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Honeysuckle Cottage – soon to be the SAORI Salt Spring Studio space

The current studio space on the property will be converted into a SAORI “store” where you will find an array of warps, yarns, books, equipment and woven items for sale on display. You’ll also be able to try out the “specialty” looms in the store including the WX90 (a 36” SAORI loom), a 4-harness loom and the Piccolo loom.

For those coming on retreat (which of course I will still be hosting) there is a B&B next door to us at Bloom Organic (at the Blue Horse Gallery) with 2 different suites available. The neighbour on the other side is Bird’s Hill Cottage and their B&B will accommodate up to 5 people. Both are a short walk from the studio, so you’ll still be able to wander over to the studio anytime. As with all my retreats the studio will be open early and late (8 am  to 8 pm) for extra weaving time.

Other accommodations in the area include Angel Cottage, Magnolia Petal, Quarrystone Inn, Soul Reflection B&B and many more. You can also find many listings and availability on the accommodations website at www.saltspringaccommodation.ca.

I’m looking forward to this new adventure and to seeing you here on the island!

 

To book a workshop or retreat, please have a look at my calendar here and information on classes and retreats.

(See my entire Autumn 2018 newsletter here).

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SAORI Salt Spring at The Workshop @ Pacifica

 

This past weekend I took 6 new looms over to The Workshop @ Pacifica in Brentwood Bay, Victoria.

 

We have set up a wonderful, waterfront workshop space to be a home for these looms.

The Workshop @ Pacifica in Brentwood Bay

 

I will be offering classes and workshops and we are also working on some drop-in times and loom rentals so that people in the Victoria area can continue on their SAORI weaving journey.

 

Paddling, of course, is also an option at special club member rates. Take some time to paddle at lunch or after your weaving or bring a friend who wants to get out on the water while you weave.

You can also enjoy a paddle

 

The Workshop @ Pacifica is focussing on creativity, health and balance. SAORI weaving will be part of this sharing. I’m so excited!

You can follow The Workshop @ Pacifica on Facebook to see photos, new course offerings and more.

Out on the deck enjoying the sun and water

 

Please see my Workshop page for times and classes.

Registration for all workshops at Pacifica are through me, so please call or email me.

Happy Weaving,
Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com

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SAORI Weaving Retreat

This past week has been busy in the studio. Susan was here for a weaving retreat, Jen and her family for a warping workshop, Tara to work on her commission piece and another visitor to the studio as well.

Susan spent the week “Exploring with all her might”, trying new things and looking out through eyes that shine.

Weaving loosely, mountains, clasped weft and more…

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Inlay and colour explorations…

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After the warping workshop we had a red warp on the loom and so Susan made a ‘mini Peace Banner’ full of fun and experimentation with all different fibres…

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She didn’t think that she would ever make clothing with her weaving, but left thinking about her own line of SAORI clothes, plus some beautiful cloth for a first top…

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It was fun to get to know Susan and spend time in the SAORI Studio with her…

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Until next time….

Happy Weaving,
Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com

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Mother-Daughter Retreat

Last month kind of whizzed by … but, there were many highlights, one of them being a Mother and Daughter who came to visit and have a SAORI retreat together.

Suzanne had contacted me about a retreat and I found out that she has woven with Mihoko at SAORI Worcester, Yukako at Loop of the Loom and Laura at SAORI Studio LA! So, I was so happy that she added SAORI Salt Spring to her SAORI thread…

We had so much fun. Suzanne made three different warps – the first had mixed textures and was a very wide warp – she wanted to try both of these things. The results are so beautiful…

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It was her mom’s first time weaving. I always love seeing the process of discovery – of mixing colours and textures and exploring SAORI. More beautiful results…

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and she enjoyed it!

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She has done a lot of sewing and tailoring and so tried her hand at the SAORI way…

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Judy (who is an amazing felter) was able to join us one morning and she finished a weaving she had been working on using lots of her felting supplies. We have been talking about how SAORI and felting might mix together in interesting ways! You can see more of her wonderful work on her website

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Then Suzanne made another warp …

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wove a bit of it…

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and took the rest home with her to weave.

My favourite way to spend a few days!!

Happy Weaving,
Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com

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SAORI Studio Weaving

This past week I had two people come to visit the studio to try out SAORI weaving for the first time. I always love watching the process of discovery…

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And then their response to revealing their first SAORI weaving…

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Another day, another palette …

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More weavers join in …

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and create a warp in greens – inspired by springtime in the Devonian Botanic Garden in Alberta…

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and explore…

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I think everyone had fun – I know I sure did 🙂

Happy Weaving,
Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com
and on Facebook: www.facebook.com/saorisaltspring

SAORI Workshop & SAORI Kai in Victoria

Just to let you know about my upcoming SAORI Weaving Workshop at the new location of Knotty by Nature. Knotty by Nature has moved to 1704 Lillian Road in the community of Fairfield in Victoria, BC. They have a new main floor workshop area and I’m looking forward to the class.

The workshop will be on Saturday, February 25 from 10-3:30.

And on Sunday, February 26 from 1-3 pm is a SAORI Kai – an informal gathering to share your weaving, ideas, questions and more.

Hope to see you there!

Happy Weaving,
Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com
Sept 21 – 30 : 2012 International SAORI Weaving Conference ~ SAORI on Salt Spring

Happy New Year!

I’m going to be taking a bit of a break from blogging – just until February. Planning is in progress for the upcoming 2012 International SAORI Weaving Conference – Saori on Salt Spring for September 2012 – and more about it will be posted in February.

I’ve also got workshops coming up in Victoria, Arizona and Powell River – see my workshop page for more info. Weaving retreats can be set up with your schedule in mind, but I am also planning some Saori Weaving Retreat weekends – in March, May & June. These retreats will be open to 4 people with a stay at our B&B – Honeysuckle Cottage – or arrangements made for nearby B&B’s.

Lots of weaving in store for 2012.

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Happy Weaving & Happy New Year,
Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com

Upcoming SAORI Weaving Workshops

I want to let you know about some upcoming workshops I have in the Vancouver Island area. These workshops are open to anyone interested in learning more about SAORI weaving – whether you have ever woven before or not, tried SAORI or not. SAORI has no ‘levels’ of classes, everyone comes together and learns from each other and there is always something new to try.

October 1 at Knotty by Nature in Victoria, BC

October 14 & 15 a special SAORI 2-day immersion class at Studio G Art in Duncan, BC

October 29 at Knotty by Nature in Victoria, BC

We are also going to have another SAORI Kai (gathering) in Victoria. This is an informal event to share your ideas, questions, have a show and tell of things you have created, etc. All welcome. There is a small fee to cover the use of the classroom space at Knotty by Nature.

October 30 – a SAORI Kai (gathering) at Knotty by Nature in Victoria, BC

November 26 at Knotty by Nature in Victoria, BC

Feel free to also drop by the Salt Spring Fall Fair on September 17 & 18 or Fairfield Fair – a community festival in the Fairfield Community in Victoria, BC on September 24. There will be a SAORI loom to try out at both of these events.

And of course there are always opportunities to come to the SAORI Salt Spring studio for a workshop or a retreat with a B&B option.

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Happy Weaving,
Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com

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Saori Weaving in Hawaii

It’s always so inspiring to meet with other Saori weavers and this was certainly no exception! I just got back from 5 days in Hawaii where I attended a Saori workshop hosted at the University of Hawaii by VSA Hawaii-Pacific and Saori no Mori.

There were four people from Saori no Mori – Kenzo Jo and his son Naoto and also two women – Masako and Michiko who have been weaving for many years.

The workshop was two very full days and we learned so much! Making new yarns, using the bobbin winder as a spinning wheel…

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Kenzo demonstrating

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Michiko helping mom

and the effects of different spinning and thicknesses after weaving it…

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New techniques of weaving…

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We also saw many great samples from Japan…comb reed effect…

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clothing…

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Saori in Hawaii

We also had a clothing workshop the second day. We learned many shortcuts and ways to make things easier to sew, various seam techniques and then we did lots of origami paper folding for the different designs…

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And we had such great time meeting people, and being inspired!

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Kenzo and mom

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Mom, Terri and Masako

Hawaii itself was a beautiful, warm, sunny setting and it was so fabulous to be able to make the trip with my mom…

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And yesterday back home to Salt Spring Island and different beaches…

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…island peace and tranquility

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Happy Weaving,
Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com

Saori Workshops in Victoria

I have been teaching Saori weaving workshops in Victoria, BC at a wonderful new store on Government Street called Knotty by Nature.

The workshops are held once or twice per month at the store in a great workshop space. There is even an organic bakery next door for coffee or lunch (Cascadia bakery).

So here are some photos from the latest workshop last weekend…

And some of the finished weavings….

Wow! I’m always amazed when everyone starts with the same choices of yarns and materials and each weaving ends up looking so different and unique! That’s part of the Saori way….

Happy Weaving,
Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com