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Morning mist

On Saturday morning heading to the ferry we saw some beautiful mist with the sun coming through. Alan really wanted to stop for photos, but we didn’t want to miss the ferry – such is island life at times.

I took a few photos through the window as we were driving along …

Salt Spring Island Mist

Salt Spring Island Mist

and we did make one stop at St. Mary’s Lake …

Salt Spring Island Mist

Happy travels & happy weaving!
Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com

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Weaving on the beach

I loved our trip to Telegraph Cove for many reasons (see previous posts here and here). One, of course was the wildlife, another was being outdoors and camping, kayaking and being in nature, and another was that it was a chance to relax, read and weave on the beach!

Telegraph Cove

So, I was reading a book called Everyday Sacred by Sue Bender. In the book the image of the bowl is used many times and ‘what is in my bowl‘ is considered throughout the book. It was a great image to work with and I found many things that reminded me of bowls or the circular shape…

Telegraph Cove

Telegraph Cove

I wanted to be able to weave while I was on this trip and while the Saori looms are very portable, they don’t quite fit into a kayak. So, I took along my Journey Loom – a portable loom that comes into pieces and fits into a nice narrow bag – perfect for the hatch of a kayak.

Telegraph Cove

So, what better place to enjoy weaving than sitting on the beach watching for wildlife, enjoying the ocean and nature.

And, so what did I weave?

Telegraph Cove

Bowls…..small bowls…

Telegraph Cove

and larger bowls….

Telegraph Cove

Telegraph Cove

I used a linen warp and organic colour-grown cotton (no dyes used) for the weft – loved the colours and textures of both for this weaving.

The basis for these are also from the book that I got with the Journey Loom, called “Zati: The Art of Weaving a Life” – how appropriate!

I can’t say enough about this short, but magnificent trip!

And now back to some Saori weaving…..

Happy Weaving,
Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com

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More from Telegraph Cove

So, besides the amazing wildlife that we saw, we had such a great time. I spent some time reading and weaving on the beach…

Telegraph Cove

Alan was enjoying taking many photos…

Telegraph Cove

Mark was out fishing…

Telegraph Cove

(and we enjoyed some fish for dinner one night and breakfast another day!)

We saw some beautiful colours on the water from the sunset….

Telegraph Cove

Telegraph Cove

There was smoke in the air from some forest fires (not near us thankfully) which made the sun an amazing colour…

Telegraph Cove

The morning we left, it was very foggy when we got up – the fog was clearing by the time we left, but this photo to me is just so ‘West Coast’.

Telegraph Cove

Okay, so some people have asked me what was I weaving on the beach – stay tuned for my next post on ‘beach weaving’.

Happy Weaving,
Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com

Taking a walk…

This past Saturday was a beautiful sunny day and we went for a walk in Duck Creek Park.

Duck Creek

The sun was coming through the trees and lighting up the creek, the ferns and the moss – so beautiful.

Duck Creek

Of course, Alan was doing lots of photography…

Duck Creek

Duck Creek

And here is the creek. In the summer it is more of a trickle, but there is still a lot of water right now – the sounds of the birds and the rushing water. Ahh……

Duck Creek

And the continuing signs of spring are abundant. Here is the skunk cabbage –

Duck Creek  Duck Creek.

Then it was off to Cafe Talia for a Red Latte. A great day!

Well, hopefully I will have some weaving pictures to post this week too.

Happy Weaving,
Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com

Happy Holly-days

Holly berries
©2009 Alan Bibby

I hope that your days have been filled with all good things Merry & Bright!

Happy Weaving,
Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com

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Scarves with a Purpose

Sharron Hatelt on Quadra Island has been working on a project this year called W.A.R.P., Weavers in Action Revival Project.

Some aspects of the project will be free handwoven scarves and blankets based on self-assessed need, blankets and shawls for auction at community fundraisers, as well as public weaving to encourage and enlighten folks about this wonderful craft.

WARP Scarves
photo by Sharron Hatelt

Here are some posts from her blog about the progress:
April Scarves
May Scarves
Community Market
W.A.R.P. Update
June Scarves
July Scarves
W.A.R.P. Report
Community Thanksgiving

In total

we raised over $2,000 for charity, and passed out 87 scarves, 18 baby sweaters, and two dozen other knitted items.

Wow – that is so great. Not only that but they were at the market doing much of the weaving showing people what it was all about.

Congratulations!

and Happy Weaving,
Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com
Saori Salt Spring Studio

Merry Christmas

Kick up your heels…

Kick up your heels

and have a Merry Christmas!

(photos (c) by Alan Bibby)

Happy Weaving & Happy Holidays from snowy Salt Spring Island…

Salt Spring Island

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com

Salt Spring Saori Studio

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Jenny’s Chakra Cloth

Jenny wove this amazing Chakra cloth in just one week. She took all of the colours and textures she had for each of the chakra colours – red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet (same as the rainbow colours) and wove a section of each one. It is so amazing – I love it!

She brought it to the studio today and I just took some quick snapshots. They at least show some of the variation in the materials and colour – but I wish I had a great photo of the whole thing….

There are many things written about the chakras and meanings.  But since this is not my work, I won’t expand on them here.

Red -1st chakra

Chakra colours

Orange – 2nd chakra

Chakra colours

Yellow – 3rd chakra

Chakra colours

Green – 4th chakra

Chakra colours

Blue – 5th chakra, Indigo – 6th chakra

Chakra colours

Violet – 7th chakra

Chakra colours

My apologies for having some of these photos of the piece with the colours going the wrong way. I had to hang it from my rafters to be able to take the photos…so I would have liked it from Red at the bottom to the violet at the top…but I hope you get the idea!

It is great to see this. I have been doing rainbow warps for a lot of the Peace Banners and this shows the Rainbow or Chakra colours as the weft (on a black warp).

Wonderful!

Happy Weaving,

Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com

Saori Salt Spring Studio

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Spinning through Autumn

On a beautiful autumn day we went for a walk at Duck Creek….the colours were gorgeous!

Duck Creek in Autumn

When I saw the colours of the trees, the sunshine and the blue sky, I had this image in my mind of a small child, spinning with arms outstretched – under the tree, with the yellow leaves spinning under the bright blue sky – of course getting so dizzy and falling down in the grass and leaves!

I tried to capture this feeling with my camera…

Spinning through Autumn

in a couple of ways…

Spinning through Autumn

Happy Spinning 🙂 and Weaving,

Terri

My website: www.saltspringweaving.com

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Salt Spring Conservancy and Two Great Resources

Last night I went to a celebration of the Salt Spring Island Conservancy. Some great things have happened over the past year including the preservation of two approximately 18 acre parcels on the island ‘in perpetuity’. The focus of the night was Connecting Children & Nature and on celebrating successes and planning for the future.

The Children’s Earth Choir performed some wonderful songs (so adorable and heartfelt) and there was a talk by Dr. Bob Peart, a founding direction of The Land Conservancy, biologist and educator. He reminded us of the importance of getting our children (and ourselves) outside to play and to be outdoors – enjoying nature.

We also heard about an amazing project:
The Encyclopedia of Life – “an ambitious project to organize and make available via the Internet virtually all information about life present on Earth” – all about biodiversity.

Another new website, this one based in British Columbia is:
West Coast Climate Equity whose purpose is “to research and inform on the implications of climate change”. It is a wealth of information and links all about climate change and related topics, to inform and to generate discussions about solutions.

Terri

My website: www.saltspringweaving.com