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India Flint Workshop – Eco Dyeing

 

I just got back from a trip to California where I took a 3-day workshop with India Flint.

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Magic, alchemy, fun and LOTS of information! I LOVED the workshop! I haven’t done a lot of dyeing before (though I also learned Bengala Dyeing this past summer) or stitching – so this was a whole new adventure.

We went exploring the streets and railway tracks of Loomis and found many treasures.

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We rolled them up in cloth, put them into a dye pot…

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added water and other materials, boiled it up and waited…

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Then…..the magic! Opening the bundles to see what happened…

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After 3 dyepots we had 9 squares of fabric that we stitched together…

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Then cut!! Then stitched onto a backing and stitched some more….

I find myself now looking at leaves in a new way – their shapes, their colours and wondering what they may become in a dyepot.

I learned so much from India, including a different way at looking at things and thinking about things. Thank you!!

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Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com

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Bengala Dye Workshops on Salt Spring Island

I was so happy to have Dan & Chiaki O’Brien from SAORI Studio FUN in Minnesota come to give some Bengala Dye workshops. Since I last saw them in 2008 at their studio, we wanted to have them visit Salt Spring Island. It finally happened!

And what FABULOUS workshops! So much fun and laughter, experimentation and play. And gorgeous colours that are so easy to use and very eco-friendly.

Dan & Chiaki - Bengala Dye workshop outdoors at SAORI Salt Spring

Dan & Chiaki – Bengala Dye workshop outdoors at SAORI Salt Spring

Wetting and pre-fixing the cloth.

Wetting and pre-fixing the cloth.

Hands in bowls, eco-friendly dyes

Hands in bowls, eco-friendly dyes

Firebird shawl

Firebird shawl

This will be made into a t-shirt or skirt with her aunt.

This will be made into a t-shirt or skirt with her aunt.

Chopstick pattern

Chopstick pattern

T-shirt design

T-shirt design

Skeins of yarn

Skeins of yarn

Three t-shirts dyed

Three t-shirts dyed

Beautiful shawl

Beautiful shawl

Lotus root clamp - and lots of laughter

Lotus root clamp – and lots of laughter

So many photos – hope they give you an idea of the workshops!

Thank you so much Dan & Chiaki – we were all so inspired!

Happy Weaving (and dyeing!)
Terri

Thank you also to Roly Poly Rice Balls and the Rawsome Cafe for wonderful food for our lunch!

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com

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A quick trip…

I just got back from a quick trip to Edmonton for my mom’s St. Patrick’s Day birthday! It was great to spend some time with my parents and also to see Tom & Tanya.

My mom and I wove a scarf together for her birthday…

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It was definitely winter in Alberta. A lot of the snow had melted and the roads were dry when I arrived, but by the time I left…

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I think it snowed every day! Good thing I keep my warm winter coat there.

While I was in Edmonton I wove a springtime daffodil scarf…

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The warp is a bright green and yellow cotton that I purchased when I was in Argentina quite a few years ago…

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When I was winding the warp, I tried to keep the colours together a bit to get an Ikat effect…

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Back home last night – sunset from the ferry…

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Happy Weaving,
Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com

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Life is what happens…

…when you are making other plans. This was so true today!

I thought I had it all planned out. A SAORI class this morning – “Learning to warp the SAORI way”, a trip into town to visit the Salt Spring Market opening day and get a gluten free treat for Easter from the Laughing Daughter’s bakery stand, lunch at Bruce’s Kitchen, a walk in Burgoyne Bay, and so on….

The SAORI class happened – which was great! Then for one reason and another we were delayed going in to town and so when we got there Laughing Daughter’s had just sold out. Sigh and disappointment. So, off to Bruce’s Kitchen for lunch. It was busy there, as usual on a Saturday. The people in line in front of me ordered the last bowl of veggie chili. Sigh again. Plans foiled.

So, off we went to Barb’s Buns to have lunch there and I was just hoping that they would still have some gluten free bread left. They did! I had a wonderful veggie split pea soup and a gf grilled cheese sandwich. Yum.

By this time we decided it was too late to go down to Burgoyne Bay and so thought why don’t we just go walk along the harbour in town – the sun was shining and it was a warm and sunny day. So, we walked along by Grace Point Square and then out to Grace Point itself. A quiet sunny place. We sat and enjoyed looking out at the water…

Grace Point Salt Spring Island

the boats, the sea planes,…

Grace Point Salt Spring Island

the ducks and all.

Grace Point Salt Spring Island

 

Then I heard a ‘blow’! That sounded bigger than a seal! I looked up and there, coming into the harbour was a pod of Orcas!!

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Wow!! Amazing….in the 8 years we’ve been here I’ve never seen the whales come in to the harbour. What a treat – I couldn’t have planned this!

Orcas Salt Spring Island
(orca photos by Alan Bibby – click for larger view)

I was even able to get a bit of video…

After that amazing display, we wandered off for a latte at the Treehouse Cafe

Tree House Cafe Salt Spring Island

got some new Tibetan prayer flags from Rainbow Road Trading and stopped at The Fishery to pick up something for dinner…

The Fishery Salt Spring Island

And home again after a wonderful day!

Happy Easter weekend!

Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com

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Announcing…

I am very excited to announce that SAORI Salt Spring will be hosting the

2012 International SAORI Weaving Conference ~ SAORI on Salt Spring

This conference is being co-sponsored by Saorinomori / Sakaiseikisangyco Co. Ltd. of Japan and the US-Canada Association of SAORI Weaving and will be held on Salt Spring Island, British Columbia, Canada (map).

Kenzo Jo and others from Japan will be attending and presenting some of the workshops. Studio owners and weavers from across North America will also be attending and presenting workshops and we are hoping that you can come too.

SAVE THE DATES!

September 21, 22 & 23 – will be the main conference featuring an exhibit, a fashion show, workshops, a chance to showcase your SAORI weaving and learn from each other through sharing ideas and inspiration.

September 24-30 – will be post conference workshops featuring day-long workshops on SAORI weaving, designing clothing and more

Details are being worked on and more information will be posted as it is available.

Salt Spring Island is beautiful in the fall, the Salt Spring Market is on and there is much to do and to see.

Happy Weaving,
Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com

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Bowls

Inspired by a link (which I will post when I find it again) sent to me by Chris (of Rawsome Coaching) I decided to crochet some bowls. I had a big skein of wool that I bought when I was in New Zealand and so I asked Tom if he would wind it into a ball for me…

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…he uses a nostepinne and his hand was a blur (see this video for step-by-step instructions). This nostepinne was made by our good friends Noreen & Jim over at Crone-Findlay Creations.

I love to crochet while travelling or sitting and waiting for something. I don’t use a pattern, so each bowl is a different shape and size. Here is one bowl after crocheting…

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…and a close up…

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Another one after felting in the washing machine and formed over a bowl to dry…

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…and a close-up…

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Since these photos, I have washed them once more and will run through a third time as I’d like to get them thicker and not showing the stitches so much….adventures in felting!

Happy Weaving, crocheting, knitting, spinning and all things fibre!
Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com

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Spinning at the beach

On Mother’s Day we went for a walk down to a nearby beach…

Salt Spring Beach Walk

…and I took along my spindle once again.

Salt Spring Beach Walk

Happy Weaving (and Spinning),
Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com

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A Vancouver trip

I had a quick trip to Vancouver this week for a SAORI workshop at a women’s centre in the downtown eastside. It was great to be there and to meet the women. They enjoyed the weaving and created two banners that will be displayed at the centre. Sorry I couldn’t take any photos – but perhaps once they install the banners, I can get a photo of that.

Thanks to Felix for organizing the workshop and to Anik for helping out!

After the workshop, I got a chance to stop in at MelonHeadKnitwear‘s studio to pick up one of her Project 355 yarns that she spun. Wow – gorgeous yarns – a whole wall full of them. I bought number 232 – Gentle Tides! And then there were two bonus yarns – Storm and Robin’s nest! Love the yarns, love the names, loved being at the studio! I also got to meet Kristen, who was knitting away on a sock – using the two circular needle method – I’d love to learn how to do that!

I can’t believe that I didn’t take any photos of the studio – too much to talk about and share I guess. More talk about a Fibreshed too!

A late ferry home to Salt Spring Island.

Happy Weaving,
Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com

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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…

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Kenzo demonstrating

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Michiko helping mom

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

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New techniques of weaving…

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

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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…

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

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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

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New Zealand Saori Weaving Workshop

Well, my trip to New Zealand was fantastic! I met so many people, had beautiful summer weather, saw wonderful beaches, forest, farmland, etc. etc. etc. and had so much fun!

I was so happy to be able to introduce Saori weaving to some people in NZ. I ended up with just 5 people in the workshop – they were all so enthusiastic and tried out many different things.

Saori weaving in New Zealand

Saori weaving in New Zealand

Saori weaving in New Zealand

Saori weaving in New Zealand

Saori weaving in New Zealand

I cannot thank Glynis (and Owen) of Majacraft enough for all they did to make the workshop possible!

Saori weaving in New Zealand

I was invited to speak at the Tauranga Weavers and Spinner guild the day following the workshop and when I asked the 40 or so people there if they had heard of Saori weaving – most hadn’t – so I had about an hour to do a Show and Tell – of some Saori weaving, the Saori loom, the philosophy, etc. At the end of the presentation there were a lot of people who wished they had taken the workshop. Perhaps an opportunity to do another workshop in the future!

Saori weaving in New Zealand

Saori weaving in New Zealand

I will do some posts also with some of the beautiful New Zealand scenes and some of our experiences there – here are just a few to get started…

New Zealand

New Zealand

New Zealand

Happy Weaving,
Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com