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Saori weaving in New Zealand

I had my first SAORI interview recently and it is now posted on Crafternoon Tea with GrannyG – here is the link to the podcast episode. GrannyG talks about Christmas, New Year’s, her craft projects including a knitalong that is just starting, baking cinnamon buns and then the Saori interview!

I was initially nervous about the interview, but GrannyG was so easy to talk to – it really was like sitting down to tea with her. I’m looking forward to meeting her in person!

I am going to be giving a Saori workshop in New Zealand on February 12 & 13 in conjunction with Majacraft. Glynis from Majacraft has the details of location and times and is taking registrations. You can contact her by email here.

I’m very excited to be able to do this workshop. A Saori loom, some books, etc. have been shipped to New Zealand in preparation!

In other news, as I mentioned in my last post, I have discovered BeSweet yarns. They have posted a blog entry about me (thank you!) and also about Saori weaving. Here is the post called “Weave another little piece of my heart”.

Thanks everyone – I’m always happy to let more people know about Saori weaving.

Happy Weaving,
Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com

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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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Announcing new SAORI studios in California!

I want to let you know about two new Saori Studios that have just opened recently in California.

Saori Santa Cruz – Jill Sanders

Saori Santa Cruz

Saori Berkeley – Lynn Harris

Saori Berkeley

Jill and Lynn have both been to Salt Spring to explore Saori weaving and I am very pleased that they have both taken the steps to open their own studios. It means more opportunities for more people to learn about Saori weaving! Yay!

Another announcement – Lynn Harris (Saori Berkeley) and Marie Suzaki (from the Saori head office in Japan, now living in Victoria – watch for more details on what Marie is doing soon….) are going to participate with me in a presentation to the Salt Spring Weaver’s Guild as part of a series called “Designing Women” on October 28. In the morning we will be presenting ideas on SAORI clothing design – this session is free. In the afternoon there will be a workshop for participants to make ‘Su-chan’s Hat’ – a hat made with no cutting and no sewing – it will be completed during the afternoon workshop! (Last I heard the workshop is already full!)

Many exciting things!

Also, Saori Global has a new page listing all of the Canadian and US Saori studios for easy reference. You can find it here for those of you in other areas of North America. If you need more information about Saori in other areas of the world, please contact me.

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

Kimono Art in Kyoto

We had a wonderful opportunity while in Kyoto to visit the home and studio of Mr. Yamamoto – a kimono artist.

We were invited in for tea and to see some of his amazing work. Here, a kimono painted with trees of the 4 seasons…

Kimono Art in Kyoto

After tea and treats and visiting, Mr. Yamamoto asked if I’d like to try on one of his kimonos! I was so surprised and honoured but at first said “Oh no – they are works of art!”, but he really wanted us to try them on and so we did. Here are just a few of the beautiful kimonos…

Kimono Art in Kyoto

Kimono Art in Kyoto

Kimono Art in Kyoto

Even the one that was displayed on the wall…

Kimono Art in Kyoto

Kimono Art in Kyoto

Kimono Art in Kyoto

He then took us out to his studio to see where he works and then outdoors to demonstrate another type of work that he does…

Kimono Art in Kyoto

Kimono Art in Kyoto

It was a great visit…many thanks!

Happy Weaving,
Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com

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Vegan Earth Day Festival in Kyoto

After all our studio visits and weaving in Osaka and Kobe, we headed off to Kyoto for a ‘girls weekend’.

Saori - Kyoto

Saori - Kyoto

It started off with a day at the Vegan Earth Day Festival.

Saori - Kyoto

Saori - Kyoto

It was great! It was strange! It felt like being on Salt Spring Island in the middle of Kyoto – fair trade products, vegan and organic food, music, tents, all held in a park. It was just that everyone spoke Japanese!! We loved it – and it was a beautiful day.

Saori - Kyoto

Saori - Kyoto

Then, we spent some time walking around enjoying the sights and looking at many of the shops along the streets…

Saori - Kyoto

We found these great silk rings and so we all bought (at least) one…

Saori - Kyoto

We also found a great place for tea…

Saori - Kyoto

Saori - Kyoto

Saori - Kyoto

Then our tour guides helped us sort out how to get back to the hotel…

Saori - Kyoto

Saori - Kyoto

We had such a great time! Can’t wait to get together with everyone again 🙂

In the meantime – Happy Weaving!

Terri
My website: www.saorisaltspring.com

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More about Japan…

A big thank you to both Eiji-sensei and Kenzo-sensei and their families for welcoming us and hosting us and for their great generosity. We were very happy to be able to spend time with them…

Saori Japan 2010

… and other weavers at the studio.

Saori Japan 2010

Here are some photos of the Saori no Mori studio (photos of the Osaka/Nakatsu studio can be found on this post). Saori no Mori is where the Saori looms are manufactured and is also a beautiful studio …

Saori Japan 2010

Saori Japan 2010

Saori Japan 2010

…in the forest. Here’s Kenzo-sensei putting up a hammock.

Saori Japan 2010

We were able to spend some time with Misao-sensei and share a meal …

Saori Japan 2010

and to see her weaving (at 97!)…

Saori Japan 2010

Such an amazing opportunity – thank you again to all of the Jo family!

Happy Weaving,
Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com

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Back on Salt Spring – and my woven mobius

I still have more to tell and more photos from Japan, but thought I’d jump back to Salt Spring with some photos from Saturday…

We went down to Idol Beach today for lunch at low tide. We call it Idol Beach because we can see Idol Island from it (don’t know if there is a different name for the beach). It’s quite close to home and just a short walk from the road and one of our favourite places for a little break (and to remember that we live so close to the water!).

Here’s Idol Island…

Saori Salt Spring

and the beach at low tide …

Saori Salt Spring

there are some great rocks to sit on – to read, to have lunch, to relax – and they have quite interesting features …

Saori Salt Spring

and purple starfish …

Saori Salt Spring

and eagles too!

Saori Salt Spring

Oh – and so here is my woven mobius – no beginning and no end and no cutting or sewing. I finally learned how to do this when I was in Japan and made this scarf at the Osaka Studio.

Saori Salt Spring

Saori Salt Spring

I’ve been wearing it a lot.

Saori Salt Spring

Happy Weaving,
Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com

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Saori Studios in Japan

We were able to spend quite a lot of time at both Saori Hiroba and Saori no Mori in Osaka. We learned lots of new things and were very inspired. I didn’t take so many pictures though – but here are a few.

First some inspirational clothing from an exhibit…

Saori in Japan - Osaka

Saori in Japan - Osaka

Saori in Japan - Osaka

Saori in Japan - Osaka

Saori in Japan - Osaka

Some weaving with the comb reed – love those curving lines! This is something we learned more about at the studio.

Saori in Japan - Osaka

Laura’s scarf she made using the comb reed and also some stretchy yarns! Fun!!

Saori in Japan - Osaka

Still more of our travels and Saori to come!

Happy Weaving,
Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com