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An Eye for Colour

This year our local weaver’s guild had their 3rd show of “Eye for Colour”. This year each weaver could partner up with any local artist to create something together or to complement each other. In previous years I participated, but this year was not able to. (My previous entries can be found here and here).

However, Lorrie (of Lorrie’s Locks, as I call them – if any of you have woven here you will know about these beautifully dyed locks of wool from her own sheep) and her husband entered their work. Lorrie is a spinner and weaver and came to the studio this spring to learn about SAORI weaving and clothing design in preparation for the show. She and Andy wanted to do something different and creative.

Their result is stunning! Andy does leather work and makes belts, bags and many other things and you can find him at the Salt Spring Market most Saturdays.

So here are some photos of their combined work:

Eye for Colour

And some details:

Eye for Colour

Eye for Colour

I love the use of the clasped weft and the pieces of Lorrie’s Locks in the weaving. The colour in the warp and how she used these asymmetrically is beautiful and subtle. Andy also ‘stepped outside the box’ to make an asymmetrical belt to go with the top.

Lorrie says: “You gave me the confidence to step well outside my bubble and do something I have always wanted to do, which is weave clothing for myself. A lot of what I ended up with wasn’t planned and happened when draping the dress form — just as you said it would! I’m just amazed by the process. “

Yay for the SAORI way!!

Happy Weaving,
Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com

Sewing SAORI

This past week at the studio, Tara & Eve came to visit. Tara brought with her metres and metres (yards and yards) of fabric. She had woven two of the purple pre-wound warps from SAORI Japan and they were gorgeous. She had metres of a blue/green weaving from a warp that we had made together another on the organic cotton warp and more! She is so amazing.

Last time she was here she said that she wanted to make pants – like she had seen in the “Self Discovery Through Free Weaving” book. I had never tried sewing these and so it is always interesting to ‘learn from each other’. She had a piece of woven fabric that turned out to be exactly the right length for what she had in mind.

Tara's SAORI pants

We also created a top, modeled by her mom Eve. Inspired by something I saw on the Saorinomori blog (click the “Older posts link” which is the first link at the bottom of the page on the left side to see more). One piece, no cutting…

Tara's SAORI pants

Tara's SAORI pants

Oh, and we sewed a catnip toy for her cat “Angel”….fun!

Happy Weaving,
Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com