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My trip to Japan

Two weeks in Japan! Two weeks of SAORI inspiration! Two weeks with my friend Laura (of SAORI Studio LA)! What a wonderful time I had.

I have been trying for 4 years to get back to Japan and I finally made it. So much fun, so much SAORI – but I wish I could have stayed longer!

Imagine – an anniversary party for SAORI no Mori with over 100 people attending – all wearing SAORI. Wow.

Seeing Misao Jo again – now at 101 years old and many of the Jo families – generations of SAORI weavers. Also meeting other weavers and staff at the studio – all such wonderful, warm and fun people!

 

Learning more about SAORI, weaving, a clothing design class with the master clothing designer Masako and more.

I’ve been posting lots of photos on Instagram and Facebook and have neglected the blog. Apologies!

The Blossom Banner created at the Blossom Festival and finished at the studio has headed off to Hiroshima for SAORI Peace Weave 2014.

I’m now back at home, at my studio and looking forward to a SAORI Kai, SAORI workshops, classes and retreats including the Loom Dancer Weaving Odyssey retreat here in July with 10 people!

I’ll be writing more often – see you soon.

Happy Weaving,
Terri

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My website: www.saorisaltspring.com

 

A new season

Spring is here on the island, the daffodils and blossom trees are out and blooming. Hurrah!

It also is the time that things get busier here on the island and at the studio. Retreat season, visitors, classes & workshops, festivals, oh my! I love it 🙂

This past month we were on a couple of trips to visit family and so I wasn’t weaving much or writing at all. Starting now there is lots more to write about and so you will be hearing from me more often. I am just in the process of putting the next newsletter together as well.

Here are a few things that have been happening….

Threading up looms, some for a workshop this coming Sunday – this for one of my students…

 

A weaving recently completed at the studio by Teresa…

 

Working on designing a tunic with 3 pieces of organic cotton weaving…

 

And new items in the studio…

 

I will be at the Blossom Festival on April 12 on Salt Spring from 11-2, so I invite you to come and do some weaving on this year’s Blossom Banner!

 

 

Happy Weaving,
Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com

Blossom Festival

Yesterday was the Blossom Festival on Salt Spring Island and
a picnic in the Japanese Garden.

Blossoms!

Blossoms!

Japanese Garden at the Peace Park, Salt Spring Island

Japanese Garden at the Peace Park, Salt Spring Island

I prepared my loom with a “blossom warp” using the colours of cherry blossoms and some spring green.

Blossom Warp

Blossom Warp

At the event there were many Japanese things to see, do and listen to – calligraphy, haiku, music, aikido demonstrations, bento boxes, beautiful plants for sale
and of course SAORI weaving!

Raffi and others sing "Haru ga Kita"

Raffi and others sing “Haru ga Kita”

Okinawan Karate Dance

Okinawan Karate Dance

calligraphy

calligraphy

I had a lot of people come by to learn more about SAORI weaving and to try it out by adding to the Blossom Banner.

Weaving the blossom banner

Weaving the blossom banner

Weaving the blossom banner

Weaving the blossom banner

It was so great to be out again and sharing the joy of weaving with others!

The SAORI and Calligraphy tent

The SAORI and Calligraphy tent

Here is what has been done so far. I’m hoping to take the loom back out
to the Earth Day festival and have more people weaving.

The blossom banner so far

The blossom banner so far

Happy Weaving,
Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com

The evolution of the Blossom Tunic

Blossom Tunic

Blossom Tunic

Blossom Tunic

Blossom Tunic

Blossom Tunic

From the remaining warp from the Sendai Blossom Banner – love the connection!

Happy Weaving,
Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com

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Blossom Festival

I have been wanting to go to Japan during Cherry Blossom season ever since I started Saori Weaving and made my first trip there. Last year I missed it by a couple of weeks. This year it is my prayers that I’m sending to Japan.

However, this weekend there is a Blossom Festival on Salt Spring Island!! How cool is that?? So, I’m going to participate and take my Saori loom with a ‘blossom’ warp on it and take a basketful of blossom-y yarns and invite people to weave.

Blossom Festival 2011

The banner, when completed, will be sent to Japan as I see it as a sign of new growth, rebuilding, collaboration and hope.

Cherry Blossom

This will happen on Sunday, April 10 at the Harbour House Hotel in Ganges on Salt Spring Island from Noon – 5pm. There are many other events happening too. Here is a pdf of the festival events.

If you are able, please come by and add some threads of hope and spring to the banner.

A friend of mine just sent this quote that I think is so appropriate – and so I’ve added it to this post:

Yoshida Kenko once said that “Blossoms are scattered by the wind and the wind cares nothing, but the blossoms of the heart no wind can touch.”

Happy Weaving,
Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com