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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…

Saori in Hawaii
Kenzo demonstrating

Saori in Hawaii
Michiko helping mom

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

Saori in Hawaii

New techniques of weaving…

Saori in Hawaii

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

Saori in Hawaii

clothing…

Saori in Hawaii

Saori in Hawaii

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…

Saori in Hawaii

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

Saori in Hawaii
Kenzo and mom

Saori in Hawaii
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…

Saori in Hawaii

Saori in Hawaii

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

Salt Spring Island

…island peace and tranquility

Salt Spring Island

Happy Weaving,
Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com

6 replies
  1. lynn
    lynn says:

    It looks like an amazing workshop. Can’t wait to have another Saori Kai and hear all about it. Maybe another clothing workshop too…..

  2. terri
    terri says:

    It was paradise Chris – and inspiration for sure! Felt so lucky to be able to go…

    Gotta get weaving!

    Happy Weaving,
    Terri

  3. terri
    terri says:

    Yes, I’d love to have another Saori Kai – I’ll talk to Marie & Stephanie and see if we can find a suitable date. Many new ideas for clothing design – I’ll create some and see what we can plan….

    Happy Weaving,
    Terri

  4. karen
    karen says:

    I liked the mosaic aspects of this post: the new ideas (a bobbin winder/spinning wheel – ?! and new weaving techniques), the origami design clothing, your Mom, Hawaii/Saltspring beaches/climate. And another Saori Kai sounds like a great idea.

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