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My new blue top

With my finished blue yardage, I was thinking that I might make a jacket.

Saori weaving

When I took it out to the studio to drape it on the dress form, try it this way and that, I wasn’t sure. It decided to be a top rather than a jacket.

Saori weaving

Front close-up…

Saori weaving

Back, with braids…

Saori weaving

Back close up…

Saori weaving

with the green of the Salt Spring forest as a background….

Saori weaving

I am so happy with it – it really feels like “me”!! It was the first time I have made long sleeves and I like how that worked out too. It will be a warm top with the wool, silk, silk fabric strips and the handspun wool in it – but also not too heavy as the warp is mainly cottons.

Happy Weaving,
Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com

Saori Salt Spring

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SAORI Kai II – Waiting for Chocolate…

So, I heard from Tanya yesterday that she was going to send in some photos of her current work in progress – so I thought I’d wait for it. She calls her piece “Chocolate Mint” – and that sounded worth waiting for…..

Tanya says:

Here are some pictures of the chocolate weaving I am working on. This warp has been waiting to be used for a while and was originally intended to be for some pillow covers. But the dark chocolate brown made me change my mind.

Chocolate Mint Weaving

It’s mostly alpaca, cotton, silk and bamboo, with a few odds and ends thrown in. It’s very lush and soft and I look forward to wearing the resulting clothing. The warp had a bit of green and teal/blue in it that come through and I’ve used a teeny bit of green also in the weft here and there.

Chocolate Mint Weaving

Chocolate Mint Weaving

Weaving in front of the fire in Jasper was really lovely.

Chocolate Mint Weaving

Weaving, chocolate, being in Jasper, by a fire – sounds like a wonderful time – and the inspiration is certainly coming through the weaving. This is really wonderful Tanya – I look forward to seeing the finished piece and what it will become! Of course there was chocolate to eat before you could use the ribbons…..yum…..I’ll bet this will inspire some others!

Linking the SAORI Kai (II):
SAORI Kai II – Re-claimed, Re-purposed & Re-styled
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,
Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com

SAORI Salt Spring

Mother-Daughter Scarves

When my mom was visiting, she made a beautiful warp with blues, greens and whites…

SAORI scarf

She chose her yarns to weave into the scarf, including a Magic Ball from BeSweet Yarns

SAORI scarf

When she made the warp, it was long enough for two scarves and so I wove the second one. I wove with a combination of a green variegated silk, with a blue wool/silk blend. I also used pieces left from the Magic Ball to reflect the weaving in my mom’s scarf…

SAORI scarf

And here they are side-by-side. I put mine in the dryer for a bit which made it crinkle and shrink, so it is now narrower.

SAORI scarf

How nice to have mother-daughter scarves!

Happy Weaving,
Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com

Rose coloured yarns

Recently I received some wonderful ‘sets’ of yarn, put together by SAORI Japan. I have them listed on my catalogue page. Some have sold, but others in the studio have just been catching my eye.

Rose coloured yarns

So, I took some of the yarns from the Rose Cotton set and wound up a warp – using 5 strands at a time – a very fast way to make a warp on the SAORI warping board. I changed out one or two or more of the threads every so often to blend them.

Rose coloured yarns

Now my next project will be “Through Rose Coloured Yarns”.

Rose coloured yarns

Happy Weaving,
Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com

Studio Days…

Wanted to share pictures from some studio days …

Studio dayz

Studio dayz

Studio dayz

Studio dayz

Studio dayz

Studio dayz

Studio dayz

Happy Weaving,
Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com
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Purple Vest

A year ago now I wove a length of cloth on a purple wool pre-wound warp. From part of it I made a shawl that I called “Purple Haze” that was part of a group show in Victoria. The rest has been waiting …

Yesterday, Lynn was coming over to meet me to go to the Salt Spring Island Saturday Market. I had an idea in mind for a while of using a coat pattern from the “Shitate No-Hon” pattern book to make a vest.

So, I made an adding machine tape paper pattern (I learned this in a SAORI clothes making class in Hawaii) to understand the origami way of folding it…

Purple Vest

It was surprisingly easy, once I understood from my paper pattern how it worked. It was really only 3 seams – 2 side seams and one up the back.

So, I took the fabric …

Purple Vest

Purple Vest

and draped it on the dress form to check it out and started sewing.

I’m happy with how it turned out. It was one long length of cloth, cut in two, but the folding and draping made it into something with interesting lines, instead of a boxy garment, just sewn straight together.

Purple Vest

front…

Purple Vest

back…

Purple Vest

side…

Purple Vest

So, I had something new to wear to the market!! I used a wooden shawl pin that I have to close it at the front and I started to see more possibilities for variations on this theme.

Happy Weaving,
Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com

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Blue Saori handwoven top with scarf

Some time ago I wove a length of cloth and wasn’t sure what it might become. I had it hanging in my studio for quite a while – a skirt? a coat? a vest? I was never sure and so it waited…

I just went back in my posts to see when I was working on it – I cannot believe that it was over a year ago! Here is my original post – thanks for ‘staying tuned’ for so long!

Inspired by a pattern that I saw in one of the SAORI reports, I tried it out – a very simple design.

The front…

The back…

On the back, I had planned to cut the extra cloth off to use for something else and make the edge into a collar. However, when I had my class yesterday I was showing the design and how it would look and everyone thought that the ‘extra’ cloth could become a built in scarf. So I tried it that way….

And just wrapped it around this way…

And that way…

And so now it is done. No cutting and only 2 simple seams – it could even be easily sewn by hand.

And so a new Saori top – in my favourite colours 🙂

Some details:

Happy Weaving,
Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com

Sewing SAORI

This past week at the studio, Tara & Eve came to visit. Tara brought with her metres and metres (yards and yards) of fabric. She had woven two of the purple pre-wound warps from SAORI Japan and they were gorgeous. She had metres of a blue/green weaving from a warp that we had made together another on the organic cotton warp and more! She is so amazing.

Last time she was here she said that she wanted to make pants – like she had seen in the “Self Discovery Through Free Weaving” book. I had never tried sewing these and so it is always interesting to ‘learn from each other’. She had a piece of woven fabric that turned out to be exactly the right length for what she had in mind.

Tara's SAORI pants

We also created a top, modeled by her mom Eve. Inspired by something I saw on the Saorinomori blog (click the “Older posts link” which is the first link at the bottom of the page on the left side to see more). One piece, no cutting…

Tara's SAORI pants

Tara's SAORI pants

Oh, and we sewed a catnip toy for her cat “Angel”….fun!

Happy Weaving,
Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com

Hats … and hats…

Since last weeks retreat and the making of hats, I had been looking for a purple hat that I made this past winter. When I finally found my purple hat (in a bag that I had taken to a fibre meeting), there sitting beside the bag was a straw hat.

I thought hmmmm…….and the hmmmmm…. became this –

hat and hat

and this ….

hat and hat

and this ….

hat and hat

Possibilities!

Happy Weaving,
Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com

Weaving with purples…

I have been weaving on a coloured pre-wound warp that I bought when I was in Japan.

This is a warp that I have shared with Tara – who wove this vest on it….

I bought a box of purple yarns with one of my orders from SAORI Japan

They are beautiful and inspired me to finish weaving this warp…

At the end, I decided to weave the beginning fringes in to see if that might work somewhere in the design of whatever I’m going to make with it. When I took it off the loom and laid it out on the ground to take a photo (of course Ms. Snickers had to inspect) – I thought it looked like a LARGE mobius 🙂

So, now it is done, I will wash it and see what it wants to become…

Stay tuned for the rest of the purple journey.

Happy Weaving,
Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com