A SAORI Kai – in Berkeley

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,

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India Flint Workshop – Eco Dyeing


I just got back from a trip to California where I took a 3-day workshop with India Flint.


Magic, alchemy, fun and LOTS of information! I LOVED the workshop! I haven’t done a lot of dyeing before (though I also learned Bengala Dyeing this past summer) or stitching – so this was a whole new adventure.

We went exploring the streets and railway tracks of Loomis and found many treasures.


We rolled them up in cloth, put them into a dye pot…


added water and other materials, boiled it up and waited…



Then…..the magic! Opening the bundles to see what happened…


After 3 dyepots we had 9 squares of fabric that we stitched together…


Then cut!! Then stitched onto a backing and stitched some more….

I find myself now looking at leaves in a new way – their shapes, their colours and wondering what they may become in a dyepot.

I learned so much from India, including a different way at looking at things and thinking about things. Thank you!!



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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,

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