SAORI Peace Weave 2012

Last week, Darn Good Yarn asked me to do a guest blog for their site and they featured my weaving that I did for SAORI Peace Weave 2012. You can read the post and see some photos here.

This year the SAORI Peace Weave 2012 exhibit will be from July 14 – 17 at the Former Bank of Japan, Hiroshima Branch (Fukoro-machi, Naka-ku, Hiroshima). I was so happy to be able to send something to contribute to this annual event. This year’s theme is “walk / go forward” for peace.

Tara, who weaves at my studio, also contributed a weaving to go to SAORI Peace Weave this year. Here is a photo of it…

The title is ‘KISSAKO’ which is a welcoming word with a few different interpretations, but basically ‘welcoming people with love’. Tara says she was delighted to make this offering for Peace and greatly appreciates the ‘goodness’ in the Japanese Saori community.

It is beautiful – I love the colours and the way that the red is so striking against the other colours and yarns!

My weaving this year is called “Threads of Hope & Healing”. I chose to weave with some local white alpaca yarn. Then for some colour, I used Recycled Sari Silk Ribbon. Nicole from Darn Good Yarn says:

All of the yarn is made from recycled and Earth friendly materials and much of it is created from the colorful remnants of the production of silk saris in Nepal and Northern India. These materials are handspun and dyed by women’s groups in Nepal. Darn Good Yarn provides these women with a marketplace for the products, as well as much needed wages for their families.

I think that these are some steps forward to peace.

I have been weaving for peace every year since 2006 and usually as a community collaborative weaving. Unable to do that earlier this year, I decided to use the colours of the chakras and chose pieces of the ribbon to go with them. This is part of my personal “walk forward” and related to some of the meditation and energy work that I am doing for my own healing.

When I finished the weaving I wanted a picture of it, so Alan and I headed out in the car to find a location to take the photograph. We didn’t go far – just down the road to our neighbour’s farm – North End Farm. (This is where we get delicious eggs, strawberries, tomatoes and other local produce).

The set-up for the shoot…

The barn seemed to be the perfect backdrop for the banner…

Happy & Peaceful Weaving,

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Jenny’s Chakra Cloth

Jenny wove this amazing Chakra cloth in just one week. She took all of the colours and textures she had for each of the chakra colours – red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet (same as the rainbow colours) and wove a section of each one. It is so amazing – I love it!

She brought it to the studio today and I just took some quick snapshots. They at least show some of the variation in the materials and colour – but I wish I had a great photo of the whole thing….

There are many things written about the chakras and meanings.  But since this is not my work, I won’t expand on them here.

Red -1st chakra

Chakra colours

Orange – 2nd chakra

Chakra colours

Yellow – 3rd chakra

Chakra colours

Green – 4th chakra

Chakra colours

Blue – 5th chakra, Indigo – 6th chakra

Chakra colours

Violet – 7th chakra

Chakra colours

My apologies for having some of these photos of the piece with the colours going the wrong way. I had to hang it from my rafters to be able to take the photos…so I would have liked it from Red at the bottom to the violet at the top…but I hope you get the idea!

It is great to see this. I have been doing rainbow warps for a lot of the Peace Banners and this shows the Rainbow or Chakra colours as the weft (on a black warp).


Happy Weaving,


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