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A Canadian Thanksgiving Weekend

We had a beautiful day last Sunday. The weather was great and so we went for a walk at a new trail we recently discovered. This trail goes up Mt. Erskine on Salt Spring Island – the only other trail that I knew was 1 1/2 hours up – very steep and difficult for me, especially the coming down part.

Trail to Mt. Erskine

This one was much easier and we still got to the top for a great view.

Trail to Mt. Erskine

On top of Mt. Erskine

Of course I had to wear my newest Saori mobius scarf!

On top of Mt. Erskine with Mobius Scarf

Happy Weaving,

Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com

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Ruckle Park and Weaving an Earth Banner

On Sunday I went down to Ruckle Park on Salt Spring Island for “Ruckle Park Days”. The weather was beautiful and it was a marvelous day.

The 4Hers were there with their animals…

4H animals

of many sorts…

There were nails to be pounded

logs to be sawed

butter to be churned

sheep to be herded

Sheep Herding

wool to spin and to weave

and an Earth Banner to create….

Saori Weaving

and music…

And the Saori Earth Banner is almost finished!

Saori weaving - earth banner

Oh, I love this community!

Happy Weaving,

Terri

My website: www.saltspringweaving.com

Thanks to Alan for the great photos!

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Dear Deer

Today we had a weird weather day. Bright sun, dark clouds, hail, thunder and snow, then sun again and it all melted.

When we looked outside our window we saw these two, oh so delightful, dear deer – probably wondering what was going on…
Deer

They have been around a lot lately and I love seeing them and know that they are around – even if it does mean fencing our garden and orchard!

Last night I went to our local “Green Drinks” gathering to talk about sustainability and also to a meeting about a soil removal bylaw. These deer are another reminder to me about our environment and how important it is to look after it. Our local government mandate through the Islands Trust is to “Preserve & Protect” and I hope that it is carefully considered each time a decision is made about further development and major changes to our island environment.
Happy Earth Day,

Terri

My website: www.saltspringweaving.com

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Dreaming of Arbutus (and a beautiful sunset)

Well, I continue on my ‘Dreaming of Arbutus’ weaving – back to the freeform Saori weaving and exploring….

Dreaming of Arbutus - Saori weaving

using ‘grouped weft’ where you weave back and forth in the same shed many times (just hooking the edge thread so that it doesn’t pull back out)

Dreaming of Arbutus - Saori weaving

and some unspun fleece as weft for some texture – and green yarn brought in as interlocking weft….

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On the weekend, we had some beautiful weather and went down to Southey Point and watched a beautiful and colourful sunset ….. maybe it will inspire another weaving!!

Sunset on Salt Spring Island, BC

Happy Weaving,

Terri

My website: www.saltspringweaving.com

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By the light of the moon

Last night was a full lunar eclipse…..

Lunar Eclipse - Feb 20 2008

Wow – what a sight! We went down by the water to watch it. It really made me think about nature, connections, the earth, the sky, the sun and of course…the moon. I had so many thoughts, but they quieted down finally…so that I could listen….

AWESOME and very inspiring!

Terri

My website: www.saltspringweaving.com

Springtime on Salt Spring

Spring has sprung on Salt Spring Island!!

Springtime on Salt Spring

Springtime on Salt Spring

Hooray!

Happy Weaving,

Terri

My website: www.saltspringweaving.com

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Weaving a Tapestry of Faith

This past week in some schools in BC there was a celebration with a theme of ‘Weaving a Tapestry of Faith’.

Weaving a Tapestry of Faith (click on images)

I was invited by a K-7 school on Vancouver Island, BC to bring my Saori loom and have the students weave a ‘Tapestry’ for their school. I love the metaphor of weaving and the philosophy of Saori weaving for projects like this. Each student chose their own yarns in whatever colour (or colours) they wanted and they had a chance to weave part of the banner. At the school assembly we talked about ‘weaving faith into everyday life’…
Saori Banner

In Saori weaving, there are no mistakes, so each student learned to weave and did their weaving in their own way. On Friday, at a school assembly, the banner was taken off the loom after being woven by 122 students, some staff members, the principals and a visiting Bishop.

Saori Banner

The banner was held up for all to see. The students were pointing out the section that they completed and were excited to see the completed banner.

Saori Banner

The finished banner is over 20 feet long and full of colour! It will stay at the school for the students to remember the week of weaving and the theme of ‘Weaving Faith into Everyday Life’ and ‘Weaving a Tapestry of Faith’.

Thank you to the principals, staff, teachers and the students! What a wonderful celebration!

Happy Weaving,

Terri

My website: www.saltspringweaving.com

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Handspun yarn and the Saori philosophy

In January, I went to Distaff Day (distaff – wikipedia definition) in Duncan. There were about 75 people of all ages spinning, knitting & weaving, a great potluck of food and a show & tell of things people had worked on in the past year. A wonderful get-together.

So, I took my spinning wheel (an Ashford traditional) and some roving and tried my hand at spinning. I took a spinning class many years ago and have only done a bit of spinning. The last time before this was 2 years ago at this same event.

In Saori weaving, you are a weaver as soon as you start. Why then do I keep saying ‘oh, I’m not a spinner’ ‘I’m not really a spinner’ and so on. My yarn looks very ‘handspun’ indeed! In writing these past posts about Saori weaving and the philosophy, it dawned on me that I have not been looking at my spinning in the same way.

Here is my handspun from Distaff day (on a beautiful arbutus tree):

Handspun wool Handspun wool (click on images)

So, perhaps I am a Saori spinner? I certainly had fun spinning. I am very excited about using my handspun to do some weaving too. I actually have a narrow warp on my Saori loom that has some arbutus-like colours…..so I’ll be back with some photos of my combination of Saori weaving & Saori spinning!

Happy Weaving (and Spinning),

Terri

My website: www.saltspringweaving.com

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Saori Weaving – What we remember …

When weaving Saori style and ‘being in the moment‘ with our weaving, we are making choices and weaving in a way that is pleasing to us.

SAORI Weaving

I have often found that when the weaving is done and it is unrolled from the cloth beam that people are surprised by what was woven and what the whole piece looks like.

Comments like ‘I thought I put in more brown’, or ‘oh, I had forgotten that I did that bit of blue’ and so on. The longer the period of time has elapsed, the more this varies and so how we remember the past weaving, may not be what it actually is.
Weaving for Peace - SAORI Weaving

So, again, in relating this to my everyday life – how do we remember the past? As it really is? Many details forgotten? How does it all fit together – and isn’t it beautiful when you see the whole thing together?

Happy Weaving,
Terri

My website: www.saltspringweaving.com

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Saori Weaving – Being in the Moment

Often when I am talking about the principles of Saori weaving, people see how they relate to life and an approach to living, not only to weaving.

Something that I heard the other day struck me. When people are weaving in the Saori way, they are creating the cloth as they go, the design has not yet been planned. When the warp is advanced and the cloth rolls around the front beam, they can no longer see what has been woven. We were talking about ‘being in the moment’ – the only part of the weaving that you can see is the part in front of you.

SAORI Weaving
The part that has already been woven is rolled up on the cloth beam. Yes, you could unroll it and take a look at it and use that to decide how to continue, or you could just weave whatever you wanted to in the moment. The warp still on the loom stretches out in front of you and you get a chance to create, to change your mind and there are endless possibilities.

How wonderful to then take that Saori practice into life. The ability to ‘be in the moment’ – the past is there, but rolled up and you cannot see it unless you choose to. The future is yet to be discovered and there are endless possibilities.

Happy Weaving,

Terri

My website: www.saltspringweaving.com