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Kamloops, BC – Saori Peace Banner

This past weekend I was invited to Kamloops, BC with my Saori loom for the weaving of a Peace Banner for the 10th anniversary of a Women’s Retreat with the Tk’emlups Indian Band.

It was great to be there and to meet all the women. Many of them came to try out Saori weaving and add to the Peace Banner (some came many times!).

KIB Peace Banner

Linda came on Sunday morning and said that she had an idea/dream in the night and wanted to weave the year 2011 into the banner. She said she kept thinking about it all night and so came to try it out. We talked about different ways to create this and she chose her colours and wove in ‘2011’.

KIB Peace Banner

KIB Peace Banner

KIB Peace Banner

I think it turned out great!

KIB Peace Banner

The banner will stay at the centre to be a memory of the weekend – it ended up being about 14 feet long!

KIB Peace Banner

Thanks for the invite – I really enjoyed it!

Happy Weaving,
Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com

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Peace Felt

I have been weaving Peace Banners for four years now and thoroughly enjoy it. It is always a collaborative event. Here is one that was completed on International Peace Day (Sept. 21) in 2007…

Peace Banner

This year, I read about Peace Felt and decided to participate. We were given the name of a person who would send us a package and also the name of a different person to send to. The peace would be passed in a circle.

I received my beautiful Peace Felt rug in the mail from Arizona…

Peace Felt

Of course, the cats had to check it out…

Peace Felt

I also received some wonderful hand looms called “Wee Walnut Weavers” and a lucet – all handmade by Kristi.

I sent off my package to Maryland. I made a bag with local Salt Spring wool from the Gulf Islands Spinning Mill. It is crocheted and then felted. I call it “Serenity”.

Peace Felt

Peace Felt

And so the circle of peace continues…

Peace to all,
Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com

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Peace Felt

I came across this recently and have decided to participate:

Peace Felt

It will be another way to express peace and share it with others. I’m not sure what I’ll do yet, but I’m thinking that I will weave something and felt it – perhaps embellish it as well. More information here.

If you are interested in participating, the deadline for registration is August 1, 2010 and pieces will be sent in September to coincide with International Peace Day, September 21.

I will post photos in September of the piece that I complete and the one that I receive.

Let me know if you decide to participate.

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

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A new Peace Banner

A new Peace Banner was created in Grand Forks over the summer and fall months. It is a beautiful banner made of cloth strips in the ‘rag rug’ type of weaving.

Grand Forks Peace Banner
photo from Joybilee Farm (see blog link)

“The Boundary Spinners and Weavers guild presented a Peace Banner to the Grand Forks Art Gallery today, as part of a celebration of International Spinning and Weaving Week. The completed banner is 32 inches wide and 34 feet long.

You can see the pictures and more information on Chris’s blog, as well as an explanation of the concept — inspired by the Peace Banners being done on Salt Spring by Terri Bibby.”

It is so wonderful for me to see the Peace Weaving growing in other communities. The threads of our stories and lives and wishes for peace continue to be woven together…

Happy Weaving,
Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com
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Saori Weaving Classes, Workshops, Retreats (and Photography Retreats too)

Now that fall has arrived, it’s like my new year. Getting back to classes, schedules and of course getting new school supplies – which now includes buying more fibre!!

I am starting to plan out class times and workshops for this fall. A new workshop that I will be offering, along with Kim Cowley-Adam is “Saori Clothing Design”. We will be holding this at Knotty by Nature in Victoria, BC on Saturday, October 17.

I am also hoping to have more people come for retreats here at the cottage and studio on Salt Spring Island. I love having people come and immerse themselves in Saori and the island life.

Our cottage …

Honeysuckle Cottage

… is a true home away from home. A one-bedroom cottage with a full kitchen, living room/dining room, movies, library, bathroom and even a washer and dryer for longer stays and lots of “island peace & tranquility”. Oh, and we do have high-speed internet for those times you just need to be connected.

You can weave at the studio for a few hours or a few days. No weaving experience is necessary – just come in and enjoy playing with colour, fibre and texture in new ways as you discover weaving and discover yourself in the Saori way.

Saori Loom

Alan also does photography retreats, so whether you want to learn about the camera you have, get recommendations on cameras to purchase, learn how to download and adjust, email or print images, he is very knowledgeable. The photo retreats are also very flexible based on how much time you want to spend and what you want to learn. He has taken many of the photos for my blog and website as well as being a professional photographer and documentary filmmaker.

Here is one of his images from a local bronze foundry and more can be found here.

Bronze Foundry

Please contact me to find out more or visit my website at www.saorisaltspring.com.

Happy Weaving,
Terri

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Earth Loom – continued

Yesterday I finished warping up my Earth Loom. I put 16 warp threads on it for the 16 mysteries of Lakota understanding. The warp is a Linen Rug warp – I hope it will stand up to the elements well.

Earth Loom - warped

So then I wondered what will I weave with?

Well right there was my answer – some dried fern branches, some green ones too, a bit of cedar …

Earth Loom - close-up

What else? I found an arbutus branch, put in some handspun wool (sheep live outside, this should be fine), and some salal …

There will be more to come. I hope that others will weave some found objects into it too. I think I might need to get some seaweed and driftwood to weave the earth and sea together.

Looking up …

Earth and Sky

and the view from above …

And my first post with some background on the Earth Loom can be found here.

Happy Weaving,
Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com

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An Earth Loom

My cousins were here when I received my Journey Loom from Weaving A Life. It was fun to put it together and do my first weaving on it. I love that it is so portable that I can take it hiking with me. I also love my portable Saori loom which goes many places, but it is not portable enough to weave on in my car or on the ferry or on the hilltop!

I LOVE the Earth Loom in the book and my cousin had the idea to build one for me! Wow – thanks so much. It was just put up this weekend and I have started to warp it. I hope that many people will contribute the the weaving once it is ready to go.

Earth Loom

I have set it up on our turn-around, under the arbutus tree and at the intersection to the Saori Salt Spring Studio and Honeysuckle Cottage.

I think that this type of loom will be great for weaving peace and nature in many places. You can find out more information about Earth Looms here.

Watch for more photos to come as the warping and weaving progresses…

Happy Weaving,
Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com
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Don’t Let it all Unravel

Here is a great video, with a great message that I think is worth sharing…

Someone did a lot of knitting (& unraveling) to make this possible.

In peace,

Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com

Saori Salt Spring Studio

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Weaving a Way to Wellness

This week there was a conference in Edmonton – the First International Women’s Shelter Conference. Over 800 people from many different countries attended.

One of the sessions was ‘Weaving a Way to Wellness‘ – which focussed on SAORI weaving and how the philosophy and practice of Saori weaving can be very therapeutic. Cathie Cameron from Canadian Mental Health in Nanaimo has a pilot project working with people through Saori weaving to gain skills in business, learn Saori weaving, make and sell items, but most of all ‘Weave their way to wellness’.

I also offer Saori weaving to women in shelters as a way to open discussions about wellness & creativity and just for the joy of weaving something for themselves.

Weaving a Way to Wellness

Cathie and I enjoyed having the opportunity to talk to about 100 people about Saori weaving. There were many questions and comments after the presentation.

During the conference we had a Saori loom warped up with a rainbow warp and all the people attending were invited to add some weaving to a Peace Banner. This banner was presented at the closing dinner to the Alberta Council of Women’s Shelters, the organizing agency, as a commemoration of the conference. They will be displaying it in their office this year, along with the names of the 162 people who did the weaving. It will travel to the next conference.

Weaving a Way to Wellness

A local Edmonton news article on the banner – here.

The conference was an amazing opportunity to connect with people all over the world working to end domestic violence and to support those people who have been living with it.

Terri

My website: www.saltspringweaving.com