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Bengala Weaving

 

After the Bengala Dye workshops here on Salt Spring Island, I tried some of my own Bengala Dyeing on small skeins of yarn as well as a warp.

Here are some of the yarns before…

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and after…

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and a great photo by Alan…

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I have now put the dip-dyed warp onto the loom…

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And started weaving with the wonderful Bengala dyed yarns…

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plus some great handspun yarn that Lynn (from SAORI Berkeley) brought for me on her last visit. It is like “Lorrie’s Locks” spun into a thick and chunky yarn, with the locks all sticking out this way and that. The colours go so well with the Bengala!

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What’s on your loom?

Happy Weaving,
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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Bengala Dye Workshops – on Salt Spring Island

I am very excited to be hosting two visiting artists later this month who will be teaching
Bengala Dye workshops.

Dan and Chiaki O’Brien will be coming from SAORI Studio Fun to teach these workshops.

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There are 3 workshops – 2 are 1/2 day workshops and one is a full day workshop. All workshops will cover the same basic information and history of Bengala Dye, the full day one will allow for more time to try things and experiment.

July 29(Mon) 9:30-12:00 half day workshop – space available
July 29 (Mon) 1:30-4:00 half day workshop – space available
July 30(Tue) 10:00-3:00 full day workshop – 2 spaces left

Bengala Dye is an earth-based dye, uses very little water and is eco-friendly – you can read more on the brochure and the links.

All the details and pricing can be found in the flyer – here.

These will all be held outdoors at SAORI Salt Spring.

Please contact me for more information.

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com

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Artist in Residence – First days

Day 1 – Lynn came over from Victoria on my first day of the AiR. How perfect! We had a mini-SAORI kai and shared things that we had each been working on talked about some design and works-in-progress. We also did some planning for a Bengala Dye workshop coming up in August – in Victoria and on Salt Spring Island. We are just working out the details and I’ll announce it as soon as things are finalized.

We also talked about life, family, etc. while we had tea and gluten free raspberry muffins. Lynn brought a fabulous quinoa salad chock full of veggies for lunch. Wonder-full!

I also spent some time on this first day looking a warps that were still on inside sets as I’d like to finish all of these off – and start some new things. One that I pulled out was from 2011! Inspired by the Pics to Picks 2 challenge I had made another warp to try using a combination of wool and bamboo to get collapsed weave sections…

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Now I don’t have any of the yarns – so time to explore this in a new way!

I also took some photos of some of the flowers in bloom for inspiration…

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Day 2 – Today I started out by warping up a 100 x 20 metre SAORI black cotton warp for experimenting.

And then I gathered up all the bobbins in my studio that still had yarn on them…

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and started weaving.

The rest of my day was preparation for the Workshops on the Rock brochure launch party. Alan and I are both listed in the brochure of doing workshops and retreats. I took my loom with the Blossom Banner on it and invited people to try out SAORI weaving. I met lots of the other artists on the island as well as others that attended the event.

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Now off to the studio for Day 3…

Happy Weaving,
Terri

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My website: www.saorisaltspring.com