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Inspired by India Flint and her wonderful book Eco Colour, by the various Fibresheds happening (also here), things I’ve been reading, thinking and dreaming about – I have started a series of Fibreshed explorations.

100 Mile radius around Salt Spring Island…
Salt Spring Fibreshed

I am weaving with local wool – unspun (locks & roving), handspun and mill spun (Gulf Islands Spinning Mill).

I have been collecting some local plant material including cedar and arbutus and am now soaking it and will see what happens. I have the cedar in an aluminum pan…

Cedar

and the arbutus bark in stainless steel…

Arbutus bark

So far, I have just done one small section of weaving and will try it in one of the dye baths and report back! I have so many ideas…

Saori weaving

Saori weaving

Happy Weaving,
Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com

Note: There is a 100 Mile Fleece & Fibre Fair coming up in May on Vancouver Island featuring Fleece and Fibre from the Vancouver Islands including sheep, alpaca, llama, angora goats, angora rabbits and more!
Admission: Free
Date: Sunday May 27, 2012
Time: 09:30 am to 3:00 pm
Location: The Bradley Centre, 975 Shearme Road
just off the Port Alberni Hwy, 1 mile east of Coombs

For the opening of the show “Eye for Colour” (see previous post), I wove a scarf with arbutus colours. Here it is:

On an arbutus tree…

Arbutus Scarf

With the pumpkins…

Arbutus Scarf

And on me, beside the woven tree…

Arbutus show - tree and scarf

The scarf was made on the same warp as my “Shades of Arbutus” weaving. They look totally different – that’s one thing (of the many things) I love about weaving.

My shades of arbutus had over 30 different yarns in it – the scarf is woven with one gradually changing yarn – Noro Kureyon (from Japan).

Happy Weaving,

Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com