Y-shaped vest

The fabric for this vest is quite thick and heavy. The weft is 3-4 strands of wool wound together on a bobbin and I used lots of colour blending.

The warp was 10 thin threads of wool per dent and heddle (yes all put together to be like one thicker thread) and then 2 individual thin grey threads in the next two dents and heddles (more or less) so there are ridges in the warp.

I had this fabric for a while before I decided on it’s final form. I put two panels together sewn at the back and left the front open. Then I sewed the sides, but not at the edges as in the Y vest in the Beginners book. With these seams it makes the vest more form fitting, but loose at the same time if that makes sense.


Cozy and warm for a cool day.

The Squid Family – by Lynn Jones

Lynn has been assisting me for many years with all kinds of SAORI events in and around Victoria. She has also been doing some wonderful SAORI clothing design – I’ll let her share her story and some great photos!

My weaving journey began in 2006. My weaving ‘passion’ began in 2009 when I met Terri at a class at Knotty By Nature and was introduced to SAORI. I immediately embraced the free form style of weaving (I’d already strayed from traditional weaving), but also found that the philosophy truly spoke to me. “We do not weave a piece of cloth, but rather our true selves.” Six years after that first class, I continue to discover more and more of my creative self.

Terrified at first of cutting and sewing my precious cloth, I gradually, one seam at a time, grew to love creating wearable pieces of art. One of the first pieces I made was the ‘squid’ vest. It’s simple to make, drapes well, and like all SAORI patterns, is as unique as each person who weaves and sews the vest.



The squid vest eventually became a tunic. A cloth I decided to weave using up the end of a black warp with ‘treasures’ from my overflowing basket was used.


Then, there were the versions of the tunic. One with recycled t-shirt material because I didn’t have enough yardage. Then another one as a long vest. Again with t-shirt bits for closures.


My sewing discoveries have led to jackets over the past year. Victoria, even in the warm months, requires layers. So, the challenge of sleeves! A few jackets later, I remembered my beloved ‘squid’ vest and it’s growing family. I used a pattern that was the ‘squid’ vest with sleeves.



I’m thrilled with the way it turned out. It flows, it’s cozy, it has recycled silk shirts. It’s finished off with 2 of Bob’s buttons. The very first piece of wet felt I made became it’s pocket! If it’s too warm here in the next 2 months to wear it, I’ll just hang it in my studio and look at it!

I hope your SAORI journey is as exciting and satisfying as mine has been.

Thank you for the opportunity to share my ‘squid’ family here Terri!

Thanks so much Lynn. I love your Squid Family of clothes!

Happy Weaving,

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The story behind the picture…

Yesterday, I posted this photo on Facebook:


Here’s the rest of the story…

I had finished weaving a piece this summer and it has been waiting to be made into something. Yesterday was the day!! I had an idea to make a shawl/jacket based on the pattern in the “blue” SAORI clothing design book – pattern # 28.

I measured my weaving and it was approximately the same width and the exact length – go figure! So I got started and made a few modifications to the design as I put it together.

When I was finished, I asked Alan to take some photos. I don’t like having my photo taken at the best of times – but it didn’t work on the dress form, so here I am modelling it.

With the large collar down….


With the large collar back…


With the large collar up as a hood….


With it rolled into a bulky collar…


From the back…


And then when I got tired of modelling (you know, where to put your hands? where to look? how to stand? – a model I’m not!), I jumped up in the air…Alan kept taking photos and so that’s how we got the photo that I posted yesterday.

Today, I found a few more ways to wear it. What to call it – a tunic, a shawl, a jacket, a vest – it is all of these….

And….so simple to construct…


Just 3 pieces sewn together along the selvedge edges with holes left for the arms!

Happy Weaving,

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SAORI Kai II – Re-claimed, Re-purposed & Re-styled

Welcome to the SAORI Kai Lynn – I always love seeing your clothing!

Lynn says:

This is a top that I made quite some time ago. I love the design, so simple with just 2 pieces sewn together with the top one a bit longer – folded to make the sleeves. The bottom is folded around to make the front. The fabric is cotton with bits of treasures here and there. But, I didn’t wear it much as I didn’t like the way it hung on me. A little too small.

Then a few weeks ago I was cleaning up my studio, emptying baskets, rearranging yarns and finding some of the first SAORI weavings I did years ago. I found a narrow strip of dark red, purple, a touch of yellow and blue. It just jumped out at me! I looked at it for a few days, thinking of how I could incorporate it into something I could wear.

SAORI weaving

There was my neglected blue and red shrug, sitting forlornly waiting to be decorated for Christmas. It is the perfect collar! Now it fits, hangs beautifully and keeps my neck warm.

SAORI weaving

I love the way SAORI has become such an integrated part of my everyday life. The way I cook, the way I garden and the way I create.

SAORI weaving

Thank you for having the SAORI Kai Terri. I am always so inspired by seeing what others create.

Thanks for being part of the Kai Lynn! I love how you are so often re-using, re-purposing and re-designing things to work for you. You have often said that you want to be able to wear the things you make and so the designs have to work for you. I’m so glad that you found a way for this one to work for you – when I saw it the other day it looked like a whole new top!

Linking the SAORI Kai (II):
SAORI Kai II – Oh Christmas Tree!
SAORI Kai II – A First Tapestry
SAORI Kai II – Dragonflies & Spirals Oh My!
SAORI Kai II – Winter White
SAORI Kai II – Invitation

Happy Weaving,

My website:

SAORI Salt Spring

Some handwoven Saori cloth…

…which will become ?? I’m not sure yet. I have a few things in mind.

Blues and browns

I loved weaving with these colours – blue (turquoise) and brown – which then expanded into other colour combinations as I wove.

Blues and browns

In this weaving I used many different yarns – Noro variegated yarn, self-patterning sock yarn, yarn with sparkle, solid colours and others.

My plan is to make more clothing and so I just started weaving cloth, with no particular item of clothing in mind. Now to take the fabric, do some draping on my new dress form and see what it will become. Fun!

Blues and browns  Blues and browns

I’ll keep you posted.

Happy Weaving,

My website:

Next Door Style


Saori Salt Spring on Next Door Style!

Next Door Style

Next Door Style has launched a new website and concept. They sell fashions and accessories by local Vancouver (and area) Designers. Saori Salt Spring is now also providing items for sale through Next Door Style, along with other designers such as weaver Vanessa Cunningham of and Nixxi, also of Salt Spring Island.

See ‘Shades of Arbutus II‘, ‘Salish Seas Shawl‘ and ‘Salish Seas Mobius Scarf‘ by Saori Salt Spring along with other fashions and jewelry by many other local designers.

Happy Weaving,


My website:

Saori Salt Spring Studio