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AiR Day 3 – Does time exist?

Have you ever noticed how the hours speed by when you are working on something in the studio? A funny thing happened this week…my clock in the studio stopped…it needs a new battery.

time

And then my watch stopped. Unfortunately it needs more than a new battery. So, what is this all saying to me? How interesting that time stopped at the start of my Artist in Residence. I guess I have ‘all the time in the world’… 🙂

Day 3 in the studio

I continued work on my ‘Gathering of the bobbins weaving’ – black into grey into white into purples, next is blues…

And then to do some clothing design. Lynn and I had looked at a piece on my dress form on Wednesday and it all came clear to me and so I got sewing…

Front one way…

pink_front

Another way…

pink_front_2

And a close-up of the fabric – and yarn with beads…

pink_close-up-beads

This top can be worn in different ways – and I don’t think I’ve discovered them all yet.
My design of the finished top all revolved around having that grey stripe (which I wasn’t sure about when I was weaving the cloth) as the featured piece down one side.

In the afternoon we went for a coffee at Fernwood Cafe down by the water – it was such a beautiful day! And then stopped in at the farm just a short walk from our place – the sheep have been shorn.

farm

Happy Weaving,
Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com

Cherry blossom revisited

Back in the spring I started weaving some cloth inspired by Cherry Blossoms and made a Cherry Blossom Shrug (see previous posts here – 123).

Cherry Blossom

I had a piece of fabric left from making the shrug and so for my trip to Japan I made a top to go with the shrug…

Cherry Blossom

It can also be worn on it’s own…

Cherry Blossom

You might notice that the shrug has been restyled. This was a very simple modification – all I did was tie up some of the braided fringe – about half of the length of the front – so that the shrug is longer in the back. Much more wearable.

Cherry Blossom

This style can be made by sewing one simple seam – or two if you sew instead of tie the fringe. No cutting of the fabric required!!

Cherry Blossom

This photo shoot was done at our neighbours – The Blue Horse Gallery.

Cherry Blossom

Now I’m hoping that I can make a trip to Japan during Cherry Blossom season!

Happy Weaving,
Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com

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Saori Summer Sherbet

In the midst of winter, I thought I would write about a summer top that I made…

This top was woven in June/July 2008. I called it Saori Summer Sherbet because of the colour palette…though the last thing you might be thinking about right now is sherbet!!

Saori Summer Sherbet

Anyway, I originally cut it into two pieces and sewed a simple jacket.

Saori Summer Sherbet

I love the colours, but the style, though okay, didn’t really feel right. So it hung in my studio.

Then one day I was looking at it and wondered what else I could make it into and so I ~carefully~ took out the seam on the back and planned to also take out the side seams. I started playing with the pieces and the possibilities and realized that I could just turn the pieces and sew them back together for a totally different look.

And, the Saori Summer Sherbet Shrug was born…

Saori Summer Sherbet

Saori Summer Sherbet

Now, this style could be made from one long piece…with the two ends folded to the middle, a simple seam along the top, leaving an opening for the arms at the top outside edge. The starting cloth for mine was 40cm wide and 2.5 metres long….it could be wider or longer and work well too.

I much prefer the drape on this simple top!

Happy Weaving, Happy Winter and Happy New Year!

Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com

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Saori weaving and making ‘cloth’

At my studio we have been talking a lot lately about weaving cloth – that can be turned into anything!

This came up at one of my retreats and it shifted the idea from weaving something – a placemat, a bag, a top, etc., into the weaving of cloth.

The focus has then been more on the weaving and less on a finished product (that will happen too – just as the pillows did) but it gives another level of freedom of weaving.

From this….

Saori Woven Cloth

to this….

Saori Top

is just one example….

Happy Weaving,

Terri

My website: www.saltspringweaving.com

Saori Summer Sherbet

Well, my favorite colors are shaded of blues and greens and purples if I’m making something to wear. So I decided to stretch my color choices and I chose some Summer Sherbet colors to weave with….

White, Orange, Green & Yellow….with some variegated yarn and other bits added in as I weave….

Here’s what it’s looking like so far…

Saori Summer Sherbet

More to come,

Happy Weaving,

Terri

My website: www.saltspringweaving.com