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When we were down in California in October – Lynn Harris set up a SAORI Kai at her studio – SAORI Berkeley. It was so great to meet some of the SAORI weavers from her studio and be inspired by each other.

Lynn & Lynn before the kai – taking a photo of wooden earrings made by Lynn’s son…


A cute top made from a warp exchange warp from the SAORI 2012 Conference…



A big ball of yarn made up Sakiori style in preparation for weaving…


Lynn showing her ‘squid’ dress…


One of the many great things about a SAORI kai is that you can see and feel the pieces, examine them to see how they are constructed. Photos are great, but being able to see the details in person is so much more interesting…



A scarf – that was the inspiration for Lynn’s exploration of SAORI weaving. See the story here


A great felted collar…


And Lynn showing her weaving on a warp she hand-painted with Bengala Dyes…


You can see more photos of this weaving on her Facebook page – and why not Like her page while you’re there to see more SAORI 🙂

Thank you so much Lynn for including us in your SAORI Kai and being such a wonderful host! Sorry I didn’t get photos of all the weavings and people…

Happy Weaving,

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com



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…


and after…


and a great photo by Alan…


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


And started weaving with the wonderful Bengala dyed yarns…


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!


What’s on your loom?

Happy Weaving,

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com


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.


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